May 2016 – Austin Wayne Self
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Native Texan and NASCAR Driver, Austin Wayne Self, Featured in New Commercial for Don’t Mess with Texas Campaign

DMWT2AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 27, 2016) – As part of his ongoing partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas native and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self will soon be featured in a new statewide television commercial produced by FSSW featuring the Don’t mess with Texas® Trash & Treasure Hunt community cleanup awareness program.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the popular Don’t mess with Texas public awareness campaign, Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Racing Toyota, has been selected as a celebrity spokesperson to encourage participation in the Trash & Treasure Hunt initiative.

During the course of the year, Don’t Mess with Texas will host 25 Trash & Treasure Hunt cleanup events across the state. Part trash pick-up, part treasure hunt, the events are designed to keep the environment clean and promote awareness about the real cost of littering. Volunteers who pick up litter have a chance to receive a variety of prizes.DMWT

The new PSA commercial featuring Austin Wayne Self, which is scheduled for broadcast later this month, will air during MLB Texas Rangers baseball games and other programming on the FOX Sports Southwest network.

“It’s such an honor to take part in this worthy cause and since Texas is my home state, it’s extra special,” said Self. “The Texas Department of Transportation and the Don’t Mess with Texas initiative have supported our racing program for many years. It’s really something special for me to help out and contribute to such a great cause, helping to preserve the beauty of our great state.”

Learn More about the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash and Treasure Hunt campaign:

http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/get-involved/trash-and-treasure-hunt/

Native Texan and NASCAR Driver, Austin Wayne Self, Featured in New Commercial for Don’t Mess with Texas Campaign

DMWT2AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 27, 2016) – As part of his ongoing partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas native and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self will soon be featured in a new statewide television commercial produced by FSSW featuring the Don’t mess with Texas® Trash & Treasure Hunt community cleanup awareness program.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the popular Don’t mess with Texas public awareness campaign, Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Racing Toyota, has been selected as a celebrity spokesperson to encourage participation in the Trash & Treasure Hunt initiative.

During the course of the year, Don’t Mess with Texas will host 25 Trash & Treasure Hunt cleanup events across the state. Part trash pick-up, part treasure hunt, the events are designed to keep the environment clean and promote awareness about the real cost of littering. Volunteers who pick up litter have a chance to receive a variety of prizes.DMWT

The new PSA commercial featuring Austin Wayne Self, which is scheduled for broadcast later this month, will air during MLB Texas Rangers baseball games and other programming on the FOX Sports Southwest network.

“It’s such an honor to take part in this worthy cause and since Texas is my home state, it’s extra special,” said Self. “The Texas Department of Transportation and the Don’t Mess with Texas initiative have supported our racing program for many years. It’s really something special for me to help out and contribute to such a great cause, helping to preserve the beauty of our great state.”

Learn More about the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash and Treasure Hunt campaign:

http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/get-involved/trash-and-treasure-hunt/

Austin Wayne Self Finishes 21st at Charlotte

AUSTIN, Texas (May 22, 2016) – After inclement weather wreaked havoc and postponed Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reset for a Saturday matinee under ideal weather conditions at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Charlotte21

Austin Wayne Self, one of the 32 drivers in the field who patiently waited for his opportunity, turned in a 21st place finish upon the conclusion of Saturday’s 134-lap event.

Self, who earned his best finish in recent weeks, did sustain damage to his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota on the final lap after getting together with Daniel Hemric and finishing the race with contact against the outside wall at the stripe.

“Even though we struggled a bit with the handling of the truck today I’m happy we were able to get the finish we did.”  Referring to the final lap, Self said, “I’m not happy about that deal at the end of but at least we finished where we did.”

“The last couple of races have been tough on our team.  I’m hoping we can build on our progress and get things ready for our next event at Texas (Motor Speedway). I’m really excited about going home and racing in front of my home state crowd.”

Charlotte111Self, who started in the 25th position after rain canceled Friday’s qualifying session, battled an ill-handling truck yet was able to race his way up into the 13th position by lap-73. After a caution on lap-77, Self, would get shuffled back on the race restart – giving up valuable track position. Continuing to battle a loose truck, the pilot of the AM Racing Toyota would battle to keep his truck inside the top-25.

Desperately hoping for a much needed late race caution to give the team a chance for another round of adjustments, the team’s chances of a top-10 finish were delated, as they ultimately settled for a 21st place finish.

“We struggled with handling after that last pit stop and that cost us.   We made the right adjustments but the truck didn’t respond the way I wanted it to as it took a few laps for our tire pressure to build up.  My crew continues to do a great job and battle hard, we just ran out of time there at the end to make adjustments to better our final position.

After three-consecutive weeks of racing the NASCAR Truck Series will break until Friday, June 10, when the series returns to action for the running of the Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Austin Wayne Self to Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldier Brett Gornewicz at Charlotte

Brett GornewiczAUSTIN, TX (May 17, 2016) – The NASCAR Community has always carried infinite respect for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.  On Friday, Austin Wayne Self and the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota team will carry on that tradition and honor fallen soldier, Army Sgt., Brett Gornewicz, with a special paint scheme during the NASCAR Truck Series, North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“It’s such a huge honor for me to pay tribute to Army Sgt. Brett Gornewicz this week at Charlotte,” said Self.  “My grandfather, Norman, served 20-years in the Airforce and fought in Vietnam, so recognizing the U.S Military and all the servicemen and women who’ve served has always been important to me and my family – especially those who’ve paid the greatest sacrifice.”
Serving his country in the U.S. Army starting in 2006, Sgt. Gornewicz, paid the ultimate sacrifice to his country on November 3, 2012, when he was one of three U.S. servicemen killed by an IED while working in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan as part of Operation: Enduring Freedom.
Austin Wayne Self, a rookie driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will honor Army Specialist Gornewicz, carrying the colors of ‘The Brett Gornewicz Foundation’ on the Lower hood and bed cover of his Toyota Tundra truck.
‘The Brett Gornewicz Foundation’ was founded by four fellow servicemen, whom Gornewicz, served with during his first tour in Iraq.  The foundation was founded to help raise money to support veterans in the Western New York area – Sgt. Gornewicz was a native of Buffalo, New York.
“Racing was always a part of our lives. Brett being honored by the AM Technical Solutions NASCAR team, whom a member of his high school is a part of, and it being held the weekend before Memorial Day is a great way to honor the memories of our childhood and Brett’s service to our country,” said Brett’s sister, Cassandra Cranston.
“Our father regularly brought us to local tracks in our hometown of buffalo, NY. During family functions if there was a NASCAR race on TV, it would be on in the background. We are very thankful to Matt Donovan, Austin Wayne Self and the entire team for this great tribute.”
After hearing of Brett’s tribute at Charlotte Motor Speedway, family friends and owners of TurboPro Inc., joined the cause, donating all the Good Year tires used by Austin Wayne Self during the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
About Army Sgt. Brett Gornewicz
Most people at the age of 27 are still enjoying their youth, just beginning to advance in their careers or perhaps just beginning to settle down, get married and start a new family. At the age of 27, United States Army Specialist Brett Gornewicz was serving his nation – and paid the ultimate price for that service. He was one of three U.S. servicemen killed on Nov. 3, 2012 by an improvised explosive while working in the Paktia province of Afghanistan as part of Operation: Enduring Freedom. They were assigned to the 444th Engineer Company, headquartered in Oswego.
A 2003 graduate of Alden High School, Brett pursued studies in mechanical technology and eventually enrolled in Buffalo State College to major in industrial technology. In between, though, he made the decision to give back to his nation and, in 2006, enrolled in the Army Reserves. The following year, his combat engineering unit was activated and sent to Iraq, where Gornewicz served through 2008. He completed his studies and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 2011, the same year he became an Uncle.
Later that year, he was back on duty as his unit was once again deployed, this time to Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor. He came home to visit the summer of 2012 and enjoyed time with friends and family. The memories formed during that visit will forever be special as a few short months later, on November 3, 2012 during a routine mission his truck was hit by an IED.
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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:  NCWTS action from Charlotte Motor Speedway will begin with three practice sessions on Thursday, May 19. First Practice session starts at 12:30, Second Practice Session starts at 2:30 and the final Practice Session starts at 4:30.  Follow NASCAR.com for results.  Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Friday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. Follow Live on FS1. The North Carolina Lottery 200 (134 laps, 201 miles) begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday night.  Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.
NCWTS NC Education Lottery Television Broadcast Schedule for Friday, May 20 Catch all the action from Charlotte on FOX SPORTS 1! 5:30 PM EST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS1) 8:30 PM EST – Start of the NC Education Lottery 200 (FS1) Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.

Transmission Failure Ends Austin Wayne Self’s Dover Chances Early

Austin, TX (May 14, 2016) – For the second consecutive week of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, Austin Wayne Self was plagued by unforeseen circumstances outside his control.Dover1

 

Down on luck, Self’s Dover chances came to an abrupt end after losing his transmission 43-laps into the JACOB Companies 200 at Dover International Speedway.

 

Friday’s early exit resulted into a season-low 32nd place finish for the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota team. This has been especially disappointing considering Self and his new team started the season with three consecutive top-20 finishes.

 

“We just seem to have bad luck the last couple of weeks,’ said Self.  I hate for my guys and the entire AM Technical Solutions team. I know these sort of things are part of racing and every team goes through this at some point but it still doesn’t make it any easier.  I guess we’ll go home and get ready for Charlotte next weekend. Hopefully things will turn around!”

 

DoverThe AM Technical Solutions team will hit the reset button for next week’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

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Monster Mile Awaits Austin Wayne Self

Austin, TX (May 9, 2016) – After a disappointing outcome in last week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Kansas Speedway, Austin Wayne Self is determined to rebound when the series invades the often tricky Dover International Speedway for the Dover 200 on Friday, May 13martinsville11

Dover, known as the “Monster Mile”, has a longstanding reputation for fierce side-by-side racing often delivering catastrophic results for drivers looking to tame the demanding one-mile concrete oval.

Self, who completed a successful test last month at Dover, is cautiously optimistic.

“We had a great test (Dover) a couple weeks back and I think we learned a lot which we’ll apply to our Toyota Tundra this weekend,” said Self.  “Dover can be tricky. It’s going to be a constant battle for position each and every lap.  It’s one of those tracks that can come up and bite you at any time if you’re not smart about it.  I just gotta keep my focus, run a smart race – complete all 200-laps.”

Self, driver of the No.22 AM Technical Solutions-Black’s Barbeque Toyota, will make his fifth series start of the ’16 truck campaign.  The Austin, Texas native currently occupies the 18th spot in the NCWTS driver standings and sits fourth in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year chase.

“Our young team continues to battle tough each and every week.  I’m proud of our guys and their never quite attitude.  We definitely didn’t get the results we wanted last week but we’re ready to get back at it at Dover.”

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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:

NCWTS action from Dover International Speedway will begin with two practice sessions on Thursday, May 12.  Follow NASCAR.com for results.  Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Friday, May 13 at 2:15 p.m. TV Coverage TBA.  The Dover 200 (200 laps, 200 miles) begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday night.  Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.

 

NCWTS Dover 200 Television Broadcast Schedule for Friday, May 13

Catch all the action from Dover on FOX SPORTS 1!

2:15 PM EST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (TBA)

5:30 PM EST – Start of the Dover 200 (FS1)

Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.

Radio Silence’ Plagues Austin Wayne Self at Kansas

Austin, TX (May 7, 2016) – It was a less than auspicious beginning for Austin Wayne Self in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Toyota Tundra 250 contributing to a disappointing 25th place finish at Kansas Speedway.

On the very first lap, Self, driver of the No.22 AM Technical Solutions /Don’t Mess With Texas Toyota, experienced untimely in-car radio issues affecting communication between his crew and spotter.

IMG_5360Deemed unsafe by NASCAR, officials in the scoring tower were forced to recall the AM Technical Solutions Toyota back down pit road until radio communication between driver and crew were reestablished.

“It’s one of those bizarre things that just happen,” said Self.  “I hate it for our guys and sponsors but there was nothing else we could do but take the time to swap out radios and move on.”

Unfortunately, pitting under green flag conditions at the onset diminished the drivers’ chances as he quickly found himself seven laps down to the lead lap trucks just 12-laps into the 170 lap main event.

Once ba ck on track, Self’s challenges continued as he fought an extremely loose truck and what he said was “difficulty gaining speed back up through the gears.”

Keeping his composure, the 20-year old driver allowed his crew to make a series of chassis adjustments improving on the truck with every passing pit stop.  Coming off a career best finish at Martinsville in his last start, Self-finished 9-laps down resulting in a season low finish at Kansas.

“I just can’t thank everyone enough at AM Technical Solutions for their support.  Wasn’t exactly the night we were looking for but this entire No.22 team never gave up and fought hard.  Time to put this behind us and focus on next week’s race at Dover.”IMG_5361

Self and the AM Technical Solutions Toyota team look ahead to next week’s NCWTS action when the series returns to the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway.

Austin Wayne Self Travels to America’s Heartland Riding Momentum

May 3, 2016 (Austin, Texas) – Coming off his career best finish at Martinsville (15th) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Austin Wayne Self has renewed confidence heading into Friday’s NCWTS Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.

“After my last run I’m really looking forward to strapping back into the seat at Kansas,” said Self.  “Our AM Technical Solutions team continues to make big strides on and off the tra12794741_967824813267498_8255410450086602087_ock.  I’m focused on doing my part and keeping up the momentum this weekend.”

Riding momentum, the 20-year old driver looks to continue his steady improvement behind the wheel of the No.22 AM Technical Solutions-Black’s Barbeque Toyota.  Self, driving for the newly formed AM Technical Solutions Toyota team has scored three top-20 finishes thus far during his NCWTS rookie campaign – placing him third in the highly competitive ’16 Rookie of the Year contest.

“Austin and team are coming off of their best finish of his Truck Series career at Martinsville, so we are really looking forward to cheering them on in Kansas. They’ve been able to learn so many valuable lessons, and apply what they’ve learned to consistently improve race after race. We expect their commitment to teamwork and communication to continue, and we hope to see the team get their first Top 10!” says Dan Codi, CEO of AM Technical Solutions.

Self, currently occupying the 15th spot in the NCWTS driver championship point standings, has bettered his finishing spot each week since the series opener at Daytona in mid-February – Finishing 19th, 16th and 15th, the Texas native maintains a respectable 16.7 average race finish.

Looking ahead to a busy month of racing Self and the AM Technical Solutions Toyota team had a successful test last week at the Monster Mile in preparation for the May 13th event at Dover International Speedway.

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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:

NCWTS action from Kansas Speedway will begin with three practice sessions on Thursday, May 5.  Follow NASCAR.com for results.  Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Friday, May 6 at 4:30 p.m. Follow Live on FS1. The Toyota Tundra 200 (167 laps, 250.5 miles) begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday night.  Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.

NCWTS Toyota Tundra 250 Television Broadcast Schedule for Friday, May 6

Catch all the action from Kansas Speedway on FOX SPORTS 1!

4:30 PM EST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS1)

8:00 PM EST – NCWTS “Series Set-Up” (FS1)

8:30 PM EST – Start of the Toyota Tundra 20 (FS1)

Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.