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SELF CARRIES CAUTIOUS CONFIDENCE TO ATLANTA

04 Feb 2016 - Testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Austin Wayne Self (Tami Kelly Pope)
04 Feb 2016 (Tami Kelly Pope)

AUSTIN, Texas (February 25, 2016)–Austin Wayne Self enters the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Great Clips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday with cautious confidence gained from his debut NCWTS performance at Daytona last weekend.

Self, rookie driver of the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra, finished 19th at Daytona, due in large part to an eighteen-truck wreck in which he was swept up with 8 laps left in the race. Self was running on the fringe of the top-10 when the pileup occurred. He had surged to a 6th place spot a bit earlier in the race, and appeared to be in position to challenge the leaders until ‘The Big One’ reared its ugly head, pulling Self from any possible victory contention.

“Daytona was a great learning experience for me, “Self said. “I learned a lot about these trucks, and how the air moves around them in traffic. We had a strong run going until the wreck happened, and there was nothing we could do.”

Self’s learning curve continues at Atlanta, a wicked-fast, high-banked track that many veteran drivers consider perhaps the NCWTS circuit’s toughest.

“Atlanta is a whole different animal, in terms of the way the tires wear so quickly and trucks will slide around,” Self said. He tested at Atlanta with a handful of other rookies prior to the season. “Our testing was all single-truck runs, but I was able to gain some familiarity with the truck and the track.”

According to Self, potential success at Atlanta on Saturday will require him to be a quick study.

“The key for me there will be trying to learn fast while staying out of trouble,” he said. “It will be a balance of continuing to understand how these trucks work, and pushing myself out of any comfort zone to stay hammer-down and try to compete with the big guys. Our focus is on continuing to learn and get better. We’ll be ready to go, and hopefully we can put our No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra in position for a strong finish.”

04 Feb 2016 - Testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Austin Wayne Self (Tami Kelly Pope)
04 Feb 2016 – (Tami Kelly Pope)

Among Self’s supporters at Atlanta will be Brian Koster, the VP of Digital Technologies at Stanley Black & Decker. Koster is a Texas native who now lives in Atlanta. “I’m looking forward to seeing Austin in action here in my new hometown of Atlanta as he represents the great state of Texas,” Koster said.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Great Clips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 4:30pm EST on Saturday. Live coverage of the race may also be heard on MRN Radio.

Follow Austin Wayne Self on twitter at @AustinWSelf and on Facebook @ Austin Wayne Self.

 

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SELF SWEPT UP IN BIG WRECK, DASHING HOPES FOR VICTORY AT DAYTONA

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 20, 2016)– At Daytona International Speedway, the line between putting oneself in strong position to challenge for possible race victory and being swept up in a mess not of one’s making is razor-thin, as rookie Austin Wayne Self discovered en route to a 19th place finish in the NCWTS NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday.

Self, a rookie who qualified 19th for the season-opening race in his No. 22 AM Technical Solutions/Black’s BBQ Toyota Tundra, displayed patience and poise in a steady progression toward the front of the pack, charging into the top-10 by the race’s halfway mark and to a 6th-place spot with just over thirty laps to go.

aws2Self maintained strong competitive position as the laps wound down and the pack tightened, running on the fringe of the top-10 with ten laps remaining. Then, the big-wreck bite for which Daytona is known reared its head, gobbling up sixteen trucks in twisted collision carnage, including Self’s, which sustained major left side damage. The pileup pulled Self from the lead pack and ended any shot at possible victory.

“We had a great run going all night with our No. 22 AM Technical Solutions /Black’s BBQ Toyota, and I’m so proud of our team for all of their hard work,” Self said. “We were running up there just outside the top-5 for a while, running with the leaders, but we just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when the wreck occurred. It was one of those things that was out of our control. It’s unfortunate, because our guys had worked so hard and given me a really strong truck to drive. I’m proud of their effort in getting the truck fixed so that I was able to get back out there and finish the race.”

Next up for Self and the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions/Black’s BBQ Toyota Tundra is the Great Clips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 27. The race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 4:30pm EST. Race coverage may also be heard on MRN Radio.

Follow Austin Wayne Self on twitter at @AustinWSelf and on Facebook @ Austin Wayne Self.

SELF READY FOR BATTLE IN DAYTONA DEBUT

 

Austin Wayne Self heads for the high banks of world-famous Daytona International Speedway and his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday with focus and determination that belies his rookie status.

“We’re going to Daytona with one goal, and that’s to win the race,” said Self, driver of the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra. “Our team prides itself on strong performance under pressure, and doing well at Daytona demands that. We’ll give our all until the checkered flag and see how things unfold for us.”

04 Feb 2016 - Testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Austin Wayne Self (Tami Kelly Pope)

“The opportunity to race at Daytona is incredibly exciting,” Self said, “but you have to find a way to keep those emotions under control and stay poised. If you stay focused on doing your work the right way, you give yourself the best shot to be in position for something special to happen.”

Self, who finished second in the ARCA Racing Series standings last season, has been on a fast track to the upper levels of NASCAR competition. He is grateful for the continued strong support of fellow passengers who’ve been there for his ride.

“I’ve had outstanding support from family and friends from my earliest days racing go-karts, and I’m thankful to all of them for it,” he said. “We have a great group of partners including AM Technical Solutions that is committed to winning, and it means a lot to me. It’s been a crazy journey, and it seems surreal to have the opportunity to race in the NCWTS at Daytona. Hopefully, we can make ‘em all proud with our performance there.”

“We’re so excited to be sponsoring Austin and the No. 22 truck at what is arguably the most famous track on the NASCAR circuit, and to have our brand connected to the incredible history of Daytona,” said Kelly McAndrew, Chairman of AM Technical Solutions. “Daytona provides an enormous challenge for drivers, and we know Austin will be prepared to compete at a high level.”

Among Self’s family of supporters at Daytona on Friday will be a special guest of honor.

Todd Fringer served as a Scout Platoon Sergeant with the 82nd airborne division in the Gulf War, and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. The story of how Fringer overcame the injury to push far beyond the life limitations doctors envisioned for him because of it continues to inspire.

Tune into Fox Sports 1 Friday February 19th @ 7:30PM eastern standard time Or MRN Radio to listen live.

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Browning to lead Self in rookie season

AwsBrowning to lead Self in rookie season:AM Racing has hired veteran NASCAR crew chief Marc Browning to head the team’s at-track efforts with driver Austin Wayne Self in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2016 season, the organization announced. Browning, a native of Dundee, MI, has a background rich with experience in the upper levels of NASCAR, including a stint as a member of Kyle Busch’s Sprint Cup Series crew at Joe Gibbs Racing. Browning has also worked with numerous other drivers including Johnny Sauter, Landon Cassill and Parker Kligerman as a crew chief in the NCWTS and Xfinity Series. Browning is no stranger to Self or AM Racing, as he was Self’s crew chief when Self won at Winchester in the ARCA Racing Series last season. AM Racing has also hired Patrick McGee (formerly of Roush Fenway Racing) as truck chief. Rob Winfield will fill the role of front-end mechanic, Perry Mitchell as underneath mechanic and Zach Yager as interior mechanic and tire specialist for the #22 truck.(AM Racing)(2-4-2016)