June 2015 – Austin Wayne Self
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Austin Wayne Self Earns First ARCA Career Victory at Winchester Speedway

Austin Wayne Self Earns First Career ARCA Victory at Winchester

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(Winchester, Ind, June 28, 2015–) One week ago Austin Wayne Self (AWS) saw his first career win slip away due to a cut right rear tire in the closing laps at Chicagoland Speedway. Fast forward one week later and the driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions-Pirate Energy Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) would not be denied victory. Self took the lead on a late race restart and led the final six laps en route to his first career win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at the Winchester Speedway.

Self wrestled the lead away from Brandon Jones on a late race restart with six laps remaining and never looked back. The win comes in Self’s 36 start in the ARCA Racing Series. The win also marks MMM’s second win in the series. Their first win came one year ago at Chicagoland with driver/owner Mason Mitchell behind the wheel.
“We had a good car,” Self said. “My team was making sure I was focused. You don’t get too many chances to be in position with six laps to go in second on a restart. They were just making sure I was up on my game.

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“On that last restart, I definitely feel like we had the car to win,” Self said. “It’s awesome. We finished second to Frank Kimmel here in 2013. This was always the place that I really wanted to win. I had a lot of family and friends here. I love this place a lot. The racing is always fun. To be able to come home with a win is really big for me. This MMM crew never gives up and I am glad we could get the No. 98 back in victory lane”
Two years ago Self finished runner-up in just his second ARCA Racing Series start at the historic half-mile located in Winchester, Indiana.

Owner Mason Mitchell was one corner away from a Winchester victory in 2014 before he and Jones made contact in the final corner battling for the win.
“It was pretty dramatic,” Mitchell said of the finish Sunday. “It was basically last year, only reversal of roles. He was well aware of that and I’m pretty sure the other team was too. I thought it was clean just like last year. You do what you have to do nowadays to win races.”

“Austin has done a great job all year long and has improved so much behind the wheel. It was really cool to see a lot of his family in victory lane celebrating with him.”

Persistent rain at Winchester canceled the first ARCA practice along with qualifying Saturday afternoon at the ultra-high banked half-mile. The lineup would be set based off of 2015 owner’s points which would put Self and the No. 98 team in the seventh position.

When the green flag waved on the Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 trouble quickly ensued as the caution waved on lap 1 for an incident involving the No. 58 of Michael Lira.

xlarge-660x400On the ensuing restart Self passed two cars on the outside to move into the top-five at lap 18. The Austin, Texas native would continue his march toward the front and move into third at lap 42. Self would ride in the third positon until the caution waved at lap 79. Under the direction of veteran crew chief Marc Browning Self brought the No. 98 down pit-road for two tires and fuel. The No. 98 crew sent Self back out in the seventh position.

It only took the 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year one lap to move back into the top-five on the lap 85 restart. Self picked up three positions and moved into fourth. AWS would ride in to third positon until the afternoon’s fourth caution at lap 139. Self made his final trip to pit-road under caution for four tires and fuel.
With 30 laps remaining Self found himself in the second position behind leader Jones and a mirror full of Grant Enfinger when the final caution came out with 12 laps remaining.

On the afternoon’s final restart at lap 192 Self and Jones rubbed fenders giving Self the lead for the first time with six laps remaining. The 19-year-old would not relinquish the lead and he would go on to become the seventh first-time winner in the last seven races in the ARCA Racing Series.

With the win AWS now leads the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge. Self’s worst finish in five short track starts in 2015 is sixth at Toledo in May.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Iowa ARCA 150 at the Iowa Speedway Saturday, July 17th. The race will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:00 p.m. CDT. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow, Mason and Austin on their personal twitter pages @themasonracin @AustinWSelf

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Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is owned by 2014 ARCA Racing Series Champion Mason Mitchell. Mitchell is concentrating on furthering his championship racing career, in hopes that a top NASCAR XFINITY Racing Series team will pick him up in the future as a development driver. Mitchell also oversees the day-to-day operations of MMM, a championship ARCA and NASCAR development team based in Mooresville North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

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Austin Wayne Self is Confident Racing on Ultra High Banked Winchester Speedway

Short track(Mooresville, N.C.  June 23, 2015-) Last weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway, Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) was headed towards tying his career best finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Self was running in the second position until contact with Matt Tifft cut his left-rear tire resulting in a 12th place finish.

Self and the MMM crew turn their attention towards Indiana’s fastest half-mile the Winchester Speedway located in Winchester, Indiana for the Herr’s Chase The Taste 200.

In 2013 Self turned heads at the Winchester Speedway finishing runner-up in just his second ARCA Racing Series event. The finish put the Austin, Texas native on the map nationally.

“We came so close to winning this race two years ago,” Self stated. That race really put me on the map as a driver and I was able to get a lot of notice from different people in the garage.”

“Our short track package has been excellent in 2015, our worst finish is sixth at Toledo last month. We had a great test earlier this week at Winchester and learned a lot that we can apply to the race this weekend.”

“The MMM team is really hungry for our first win together and I thought we had a great chance last weekend before the contact with the 52. I really like our chances this weekend to end up in victory lane. MMM has some unfinished business at Winchester.”

The race also marks the fifth race in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge for 2015. Self is second in Short Track points only five points behind Kyle Weatherman. Self’s average finish in four short track races in 2015 is an impressive 4.0.

MMM finished second last year at Winchester with driver and owner Mason Mitchell behind the wheel at the ultra-high banked track.

short track_2Chicagoland Review: Self started from the 4th position and would race in the top-five all afternoon. During his only pit-stop at lap 65 the No. 98 crew gained Self valuable spots and sent him back on track in the third positon. On the final restart Self made a three-wide pass for second and race in the second position until 20 laps to go. Tifft made contact with Self’s left-rear tire resulting in a flat tire. Self brought the No. 98 home in the 12th positon.

Chassis: Self will race chassis No. 588 out of the MMM stable. Chassis 588 has nine prior starts earning four top-five finishes and seven top-tens.

The Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at the Winchester Speedway will be live on the CBS Sports Network Sunday, June 28th beginning at 2:00 p.m. EST.  Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy and AM Technical Solutions for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf

 

Contact: Tim Clagg

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Cut Tire Spoils Austin Wayne Self’s Bid for Victory at Chicagoland

chicago_2(Joliet, Ill, June 20, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford Fusion for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) appeared to be headed towards a career best finish in the Scott 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway Saturday afternoon. Self was racing in the second position with 20 laps remaining when contact with another car cut down his left rear tire.

Self was able to maneuver the No. 98 car down pit-road to receive four new tires.  Self returned to the race to gain valuable positions before the conclusion of the race and finish in the 12th position.

“This was a difficult end to a great weekend,” Self stated after the Scott 150. “We weren’t that good in practice and we changed everything on the car Saturday morning before qualifying and the car responded.

“We fought all day and positioned ourselves for a solid finish. I don’t know if we could have caught the No. 58 but it was going to be a solid top-three.”

“I hate it for everyone on this MMM crew because they work endlessly to provide me with great cars. I know we will be fast at Winchester next weekend, it’s one of my favorite tracks on the ARCA schedule.”

Self qualified the No. 98 in the fourth position for the tenth race of the 2015 ARCA season.

The 2014 Scott Rookie of the Year would race in the top-five all afternoon and made his only pit-stop under caution at lap 65. The No. 98 crew sent AWS back on-track in the third position.

Self made a three-wide pass on Matt Tifft and Frank Kimmel on a restart at lap 72 to move into the second positon. Self continued to battle Tifft for the runner-up spot when Tifft made contact with AWS resulting in a flat left rear tire. The second year driver was able to keep the car off of the inside wall and bring the car to pit-road.

ChicagoSelf returned to the track two laps down but was able to gain three positions in the final 15 laps to finish 12th.

Next week at Winchester marks the fifth round of the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge. Self enters the race second in Calypso Short Track Challenge points trailing Kyle Weatherman by just five points.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at the Winchester Speedway Sunday, June 28th. The race will be broadcasted live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 2:00 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow, Mason and Austin on their personal twitter pages @themasonracin @AustinWSelf

Austin Wayne Self Ties Season Best Finish at Michigan International Speedway

11427679_10153938287183222_2066191216104916370_n(Mooresville, N.C., June 15, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS) tied his season best finish of third Friday evening in the Corrigan Oil 200 at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Self driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) was the fastest driver on-track during the last 15 laps of the race and made up critical ground. Self was able to slot into the third position on the final lap passing Tom Hessert out of turn four to earn his fourth top-five of 2015.

“This finish was huge for our MMM team,” Self stated. “We’ve had some bad luck the last couple of weeks so it was nice to come out of Michigan with a solid top-five.”

“We played the fuel strategy perfectly and almost won the race. I can’t continue to thank AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy and everyone on this MMM team for their support.”
“I am really looked forward to Chicagoland this weekend, MMM was successful here last year winning the race with Mason. I am looking forward to getting the No. 98 back in victory lane.”

Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell was rained out Friday morning due to persistent rain. Self would start in the seventh position for the 100 lap event.

When the green flag waved on the ninth race of the 2015 season Self slid back to the 10th position. Self continued to race in the 10th position until the caution waved at lap 36 for a passing shower.

Self visited pit-road under the caution for four Hoosier tires and fuel. Self brought the No. 98 back down pit-road with 1 lap remaining under the caution at lap 48 to top off on fuel.

10672197_10153939022483222_6607369720901034319_nWith 25 laps remaining Self moved into the top-five for the first time and began turning lap times quicker than the leaders.

The Austin, Texas native was able to move around Tom Hessert into the third position on the final lap to earn his fourth top-five finish of the 2015 season.

This marked the sec

ond third place finish for MMM in the last two weeks. Driver and owner Mason Mitchell piloted the same car to a third place finish at Pocono Raceway one week prior.

The finish marked Self’s first top-five on a 1.5 mile track. Self and the No. 98 team remain fourth in championship standings 125 points behind leader Grant Enfinger.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Scott 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway Saturday, June 20th. The race will be broadcasted live on the Fox Sports 2 beginning beginning at 6:00 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

 

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow, Mason and Austin on their personal twitter pages @themasonracin @AustinWSelf

Austin Wayne Self Looks for Luck in the Irish Hills at Michigan International Speedway

(Mooresville, N.C.  June 9, 2015-) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) looks to make his second start in the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in the Corrigan Oil 200.

MichiganSelf has one prior start at the 2.0 mile track located in Brooklyn, Michigan. The 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year started fourth and finished ninth in the 2014 June race.

“Michigan is one of the best tracks on the ARCA schedule,” Self stated. “You carry so much speed down the straightaways into the corners. It’s a place where you can move around and search for speed as a driver.”

“MMM was bad fast here last year and finished second. I know we will be a contender for the win. We just need to have luck on our side all weekend.”

“These guys at MMM have worked so hard all year long and they deserve a trip to victory lane!”
Coming off of a 15th place finish at the Pocono Raceway last weekend Self and the No. 98 team enter Michigan fourth in driver points 135 behind leader Grant Enfinger.

Pocono Raceway Review: Austin started from the 15th position but by the end of lap one he worked his way inside the top-ten. Self’s march forward continued running as high as second at lap 27. Self and the No. 98 team positioned themselves for a potential top-five finish until four laps remaining when Self had a problem with the right front and hit the turn one wall. Self and the MMM team would finish the 80 lap event in the 15th position.

 

Michigan_2Chassis: Austin will debut a new chassis this weekend at Michigan. Self will pilot chassis 037 a former Turner Motorsports car. This will mark the first time that Self will step behind the wheel of a Chevy in the ARCA Racing Series.

The Corrigan Oil 200 from Michigan International Speedway will be live on Fox Sports 2 Friday, June 12th beginning at 5:45 p.m. EST.  Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy and AM Technical Solutions for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf

 

Contact: Tim Clagg

tim@masonmitchellmotorsports.com

Late Race Right Front Problem Halts Austin Wayne Self’s Top-10 Effort at Pocono Raceway

Pocono(Mooresville, N.C., June 8, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) appeared to be headed to his best intermediate finish of the 2015 season Saturday at Pocono Raceway. Self was running in the top-ten, challenging for a top-five finish in the closing laps when a right front tire sent the second year driver into the turn one wall.

Self and the No. 98 team finished the 80 lap event in the 15th position.

“We had the car perfect at the end of the race,” Self stated. “We worked all day Friday to find a great balance and when the race started we went to the front.”

“This team did a great job making adjustments all race long. It’s disappointing to have something like this happen after putting ourselves in position for a solid finish.”

“We have an awesome team, great racecars and great sponsors. I am ready to get all the pieces together and get this No. 98 back in victory lane.”

Self started the Pocono ARCA 200 from the 15th position and worked his way into the ninth spot before the caution was displayed for the first time at the end of lap one.

Pocono_2Crew chief Matt Weber brought Self and the No. 98 down pit-road during the races second caution at lap 13 and sent the Austin, Texas native back on track in the 13th position.

Self stayed on-track during the third caution at lap 18 and moved into the top-five for the first time. Self continued to move up the leaderboard making a three-wide pass on Josh Williams and eventual winner Trevor Bayne to move into the second position at lap 27.

During the afternoon’s longest green flag run of 42 laps, Self continued to race well into the top-five and positioned himself for a solid finish.

Self made his final trip to pit-road under caution at lap 66 and restarted 6th. The 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year was challenging for a top-five when he had a problem with the right front sending him into the turn one wall with four laps remaining.

Self and the No. 98 team finished 3 laps down in the 15th position. Self remained fourth in drivers points 135 behind leader Grant Enfinger.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Corrigan Oil 200 at the Michigan International Speedway Friday, June 12th. The race will be broadcasted live on the Fox Sports 2 beginning beginning at 5:45 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow, Mason and Austin on their personal twitter pages @themasonracin @AustinWSelf

 

Contact: Tim Clagg

tim@masonmitchellmotorsports.com