August 2015 – Austin Wayne Self
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Austin Wayne Self Post Race Report: SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

AWSRacing_Springfield(Mooresville, NC, August 24, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS) driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) positioned himself for a solid top-five finish in the ChevySuperStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon.

Self was battling for a top-five finish on the final lap when mayhem ensued in the final corner. The 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year was caught up in a last lap incident relegating him to 10th in the final running order.

“I knew it was going to get crazy during that restart with two laps to go,” Self stated. “Anything goes on the final lap and everyone was battling hard in turn four and a couple of guys made contact and unfortunately we got caught up in the wreck. Our car was really good on the long runs, I wished we had a long green flag run to finish the race.”

“It’s unfortunate, we positioned ourselves inside the top-five all day long and to have it slip away in the final corner is very disappointing. These guys at MMM work around the clock to prepare good racecars.”

“We still have four more races to get back to victory lane in 2015. I think we’re going to be pretty strong down the stretch.”

Rain was the name of the theme Sunday morning at the 1.0 mile dirt track shortening ARCA practice by 25 minutes and canceling Menards pole qualifying. That meant the field would lineup based off of 2015 owners points placing Self fifth on the grid for the 100 lap event.

When the green flag waved on the 16th race of the 2015 season the caution quickly waved as the field was slowed by two early cautions in the first 12 laps.

Springfield_2On the ensuing restart at lap 14 Self would get trapped on the outside line and lose three spots pushing him back to the seventh position. The Austin, Texas native would exert patience and worked his way around the 69 and 16 to move back into the top five before the caution waved for the third time at lap 31.

Crew chief Danny Johnson brought Self down pit-road for four Hoosier racing tires and fuel. The No. 98 team sent AWS back to the track in the sixth spot.

Self spent the second half of the race saving his equipment positioning himself for a sprint to the finish. Self began catching Frank Kimmel and Josh Williams for the runner-up spot at lap 75. Self was able to move around Kimmel before smoke erupted from the back of the No. 25 car which would bring out the caution.

A series of late race cautions set up a two lap sprint to the checkered flag. Self was battling for a top-five finish in turn four on the final lap when drivers made contact and the second year driver got caught up in the incident. Self’s No. 98 would sustain right front damage and would cross the finish line in the 10th spot.

With his 12th top-10 finish of the 2015 season Self was able to gain valuable championship points on leader Grant Enfinger who finished 21st and now trails Enfinger by 180 points with four races remaining in the 2015 season.

The ARCA Racing Series will enjoy a weekend off before gearing up for the final dirt race of the 2015 season at the “Magic Mile” the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday, September 7th. The race will be live on the ARCA Radio Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

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Austin Wayne Self SuperChevyStores.com 100 Event Preview

SuperChevyStores.com 100 Event Preview

(Mooresville, N.C.  August 17th, 2015-) After an off weekend for Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) it’s back to work this Sunday, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds located in Springfield, Illinois.

awsTheSuperChevyStores.com 100 marks the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 53rd race at the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds and marks the first of two dirt races for the 2015 season.

AWS has two prior starts on dirt during the 2014 season. Both starts resulted in two top-ten finishes for the Austin, Texas native.

“The dirt races on the ARCA schedule are truly unique,” Self stated. “It’s a one day show with only an hour practice, then qualifying and then the race in the early afternoon. If you have a problem in practice or qualifying it could be a long day.”

“I don’t have a lot of dirt experience in stock cars but I really love the racing and the challenges that it presents. The entire MMM team has worked hard to prepare the car for this weekend. I know we will be in the thick of things come Sunday.”

With five events remaining on the 2015 ARCA schedule, Self sits second in driver points trailing leader Grant Enfinger by 225.

Through 15 events in 2015 the season, the 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year’s earned one win, six top-five finishes with 11 top-tens.aws2

Chassis: Self will race chassis No. 037 out of the MMM stable. MMM purchased the car from Turner Motorsports in the 2014 offseason.

AWS on Dirt: AWS has two prior starts on dirt in the ARCA Racing Series both coming last year. AWS earned 2 top-ten finishes in the dirt races one year ago.

The ARCA Racing Series gears up for the first of two dirt races as the series rolls into the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the SuperChevyStores.com  100  on Sunday, August 23rd. The race will be live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy

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Austin Wayne Self Post Race Report: Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway

aws1(Mooresville, NC, August 10, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self, driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford, finished fifth in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Berlin Raceway for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) Saturday evening.

The finish marked Self’s sixth top-five of the 2015 season and his third top-five finish in three starts at the 4/10 mile track located in Marne, Michigan.

We worked at making the car better all day,” Self stated after the race. “I wish the finish was more than a one lap shootout at the end. I believe we could have ended up with a top-three finish.”

“This MMM crew worked all day to make the car better and we made it better during the race, unfortunately we just ran out of laps.”

“I can’t thank everyone enough at AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy and MMM for staying behind us all year. I am ready for some dirt racing in two weeks.”

Earlier Saturday in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell Self timed in eighth quickest turning a lap of 16.997 or 92.769 MPH.

When the green flag waved on the 15th race of the 2015 season Self wasted no time working his way around four cars on the first lap to move into fourth.

Self continued to race in the fourth positon until bringing his No. 98 down pit-road under the evening’s second caution at lap 57 for two right-side tires.aws2

During the evenings longest green flag run (84) laps Self fell back to the seventh position and off the lead lap. When the caution waved for the third time at lap 145 it allowed Self to receive the “free pass” and get back on the lead lap.

Self would continue to move back to the front during the final 50 laps and would cross the finish line in the fifth position.

With his sixth top-five of 2015 Self has claimed sole possession of 2nd in ARCA championship points. He now trails point leader Grant Enfinger by 225 points with five races remaining in the 2015 schedule. AWS also sits second in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track challenge point standings unofficially 10 points behind Kyle Weatherman.

The ARCA Racing Series will enjoy a weekend off before heading to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Super Chevy Stores 100 on Sunday, August 23rd. The race will be live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

 

Austin Wayne Self No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway Event Preview

gvn(Mooresville, N.C.  August 4th, 2015-) No one has to be happier to return to a short track on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule more than Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports. The series will make it’s 28th trip to the Berlin Raceway Saturday, August 8th for the Federated Auto Parts 200.

The 2014 Scott Rookie of the year has turned heads at the Berlin Raceway located in Marne, Michigan. In two starts the Austin, Texas native’s earned two top-five finishes and finished runner-up in the 2014 race.

Self has enjoyed success in 2015 on the short tracks earning one win, four top-five’s and seven top-ten finishes. Self’s consistency has him second in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challengesdrh point standings trailing leader Kyle Weatherman by only 10 points.

“I couldn’t be happier to head back to the Berlin Raceway this weekend,” Self expressed. “I’ve been pretty fortunate to enjoy success at Berlin.”

“We tested here a few weeks ago and had a solid test. This race always has a lot of green flag runs so it’s important to have a good long run car.”

“We’re bringing the same car we won with at Winchester, chassis No. 588, this car has been very consistent every time we bring it to the track and I expect no different on Saturday.”

With six races remaining in the 2015 ARCA season Self finds himself in the thick of the championship battle sitting tied for second in points with Tom Hessert. Self trails leader Grant Enfinger by 185 points heading in the 15th race of the 2015 season.

Chassis: Self will pilot chassis No. 588 out of the MMM stable. Chassis 588 has been the workhorse short track car for MMM in 2015 making four starts. Self went to victory lane in June at the Winchester driving car 588. Chassis 588 has 11 prior starts earning five top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes.

AWS at Berlin: Self has two prior starts at the Berlin Raceway. His first start came in 2013 when he finished fourth. Last year AWS improved his finishing position to the runner-up spot. Self has an average finish of 3.0 in two starts at the 4/10 mile track.

The Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Berlin Raceway will be live on the ARCA Radio Network Saturday, August 8th beginning at 8:50.m. EST Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy and AM Technical Solutions for all on-track activity.

Austin Wayne Self No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway Event Preview

gvn(Mooresville, N.C.  August 4th, 2015-) No one has to be happier to return to a short track on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule more than Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports. The series will make it’s 28th trip to the Berlin Raceway Saturday, August 8th for the Federated Auto Parts 200.

The 2014 Scott Rookie of the year has turned heads at the Berlin Raceway located in Marne, Michigan. In two starts the Austin, Texas native’s earned two top-five finishes and finished runner-up in the 2014 race.

Self has enjoyed success in 2015 on the short tracks earning one win, four top-five’s and seven top-ten finishes. Self’s consistency has him second in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challengesdrh point standings trailing leader Kyle Weatherman by only 10 points.

“I couldn’t be happier to head back to the Berlin Raceway this weekend,” Self expressed. “I’ve been pretty fortunate to enjoy success at Berlin.”

“We tested here a few weeks ago and had a solid test. This race always has a lot of green flag runs so it’s important to have a good long run car.”

“We’re bringing the same car we won with at Winchester, chassis No. 588, this car has been very consistent every time we bring it to the track and I expect no different on Saturday.”

With six races remaining in the 2015 ARCA season Self finds himself in the thick of the championship battle sitting tied for second in points with Tom Hessert. Self trails leader Grant Enfinger by 185 points heading in the 15th race of the 2015 season.

Chassis: Self will pilot chassis No. 588 out of the MMM stable. Chassis 588 has been the workhorse short track car for MMM in 2015 making four starts. Self went to victory lane in June at the Winchester driving car 588. Chassis 588 has 11 prior starts earning five top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes.

AWS at Berlin: Self has two prior starts at the Berlin Raceway. His first start came in 2013 when he finished fourth. Last year AWS improved his finishing position to the runner-up spot. Self has an average finish of 3.0 in two starts at the 4/10 mile track.

The Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Berlin Raceway will be live on the ARCA Radio Network Saturday, August 8th beginning at 8:50.m. EST Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy and AM Technical Solutions for all on-track activity.

Austin Wayne Self Earns 10th Top-10 Finish of 2015, Moves Into Second Place in Championship Points Race

Pocono (Mooresville, NC, August 3, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports earned his 10th top-10 of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season at the Pocono Raceway, Saturday afternoon. Self finished a career best seventh in four starts at the Pocono Raceway.

“Seventh isn’t the finish we wanted to leave Pocono with,” Self said after the 50 lap event. “We had a great strategy pitting under the first caution. Unfortunately the caution came out with 20 laps remaining and that changed our hand.”

“We were able to avoid the big accident on lap one and come away with a top-10 finish.”

“Big picture wise it was a great day, we moved into second in points. I’m looking forward to heading back to another short track next weekend at Berlin.”

Friday afternoon in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell Self timed in ninth quickest for the 50 lap event on Saturday.

When the green flag waved at Pocono mayhem quickly followed on the first lap. Several of the front running cars were involved in an accident in turn two. Self was able to maneuver the No. 98 through the carnage unscathed.

Pocono_1Crew chief Danny Johnson brought Self down pit-road under the caution for fuel only. Self would restart in the 18th position. Two laps after the lap nine restart Self worked his way back into the top-10 in the eighth position.

Self continued to work his way through the field and moved back into the top-five at lap 18. Self would race his way into the third position until the second and final caution of the afternoon waved at lap 27 for debris.

Self would bring his No. 98 car down pit-road one final time for four Hoosier tires and fuel. Self would pass two cars during the final three laps to secure a seventh place finish and his 10th top-10 finish of the 2015 ARCA season.

With the finish Self moved into a tie for second place in ARCA championship points with Tommy Hessert. Self now trails point leader Grant Enfinger by 185 points with six races remaining in the 2015 schedule.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Berlin Raceway Saturday, August 8th beginning at 8:50 p.m. ET. The ARCA Radio Network will have a live audio call of the race at arcaracing.com. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

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