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Austin Wayne Self Gears Up For The Tricky Triangle

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

Austin Wayne Self

No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Age: 20

2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • 2016 NCWTS Point Standings – 16th
  • 2016 Rookie of the Year Standings – 10th
  • Average Starting Position: 23.7
  • Average Finish: 20th
  • Best Finish: 9th (Eldora Speedway)

Pocono Raceway Race Notes:
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit Pocono Raceway for the seventh time since its 2010 inaugural race. Known as the “Tricky Triangle”, Pocono is known best for its unique 2.5 mile paved configuration.   #WhatTurn4
Pocono Raceway Race Quote:
“I’m really excited to get back at it this weekend at Pocono.  We’re riding a lot of momentum after last week’s finish at Eldora.  And now we’ve added Rick (Ren) into the mix as crew chief.  Rick is one of the best all-time and gives us a huge advantage moving forward.  The knowledge and leadership he possess will make an immediate impact on our team.  I’m looking forward to working with him and benefitting from all his knowledge.”  Austin Wayne Self

Pocono Raceway Team Notes:
Rick Ren, a two-time championship NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief has joined AM Racing and will serve as Austin Wayne Self’s crew chief in the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2016 NCWTS season.
Ren who won two NCWTS championships in 2007 and 2009 with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. has 326 recorded starts as crew chief, earning 28 wins, 114 top-5’s and 199 top-10 finishes over a span of 19 years.  During his decorated career, Ren has worked in all three NASCAR Touring Series with drivers such as Ricky Craven, Denny Hamlin, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ward Burton, Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick to name a few.

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Track: Pocono Raceway

Race: Pocono Mountains 150 60-Laps/150 Miles (NCWTS Event 12 of 23)

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Broadcast Information: 1PM EST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS

Practice: Friday, July 29

  • First Practice: 12:30PM-1:55PM  Live on FS1
  • Final Practice: 3:00PM-3:55PM Live on FS1

NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying:

  • Saturday, July 30 Live on Fox Sports 1

Pocono Raceway Specifications:
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval

Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees; turn 2: 8 degrees; turn 3: 6 degrees;

Straights: Front – 3740 feet; Long Pond (between turns 1 and 2) – 3055 feet; North (between turns 2 and 3) – 1780 feet
Three Different Turns at Pocono:

Turn One is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway

Turn Two is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Turn Three is similar to The Milwaukee Mile

 

Follow Austin Wayne Self on Social Media: 

Be sure to follow Austin on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/AustinWSelf, on twitter at @AustinWSelf and Instagram  @AustinWayneSelf.  You can also visit AWSracing.com.

Austin Wayne Self Gears Up For The Tricky Triangle

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

Austin Wayne Self

No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Age: 20

2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • 2016 NCWTS Point Standings – 16th
  • 2016 Rookie of the Year Standings – 10th
  • Average Starting Position: 23.7
  • Average Finish: 20th
  • Best Finish: 9th (Eldora Speedway)

Pocono Raceway Race Notes:
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit Pocono Raceway for the seventh time since its 2010 inaugural race. Known as the “Tricky Triangle”, Pocono is known best for its unique 2.5 mile paved configuration.   #WhatTurn4
Pocono Raceway Race Quote:
“I’m really excited to get back at it this weekend at Pocono.  We’re riding a lot of momentum after last week’s finish at Eldora.  And now we’ve added Rick (Ren) into the mix as crew chief.  Rick is one of the best all-time and gives us a huge advantage moving forward.  The knowledge and leadership he possess will make an immediate impact on our team.  I’m looking forward to working with him and benefitting from all his knowledge.”  Austin Wayne Self

Pocono Raceway Team Notes:
Rick Ren, a two-time championship NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief has joined AM Racing and will serve as Austin Wayne Self’s crew chief in the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2016 NCWTS season.
Ren who won two NCWTS championships in 2007 and 2009 with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. has 326 recorded starts as crew chief, earning 28 wins, 114 top-5’s and 199 top-10 finishes over a span of 19 years.  During his decorated career, Ren has worked in all three NASCAR Touring Series with drivers such as Ricky Craven, Denny Hamlin, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ward Burton, Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick to name a few.

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Track: Pocono Raceway

Race: Pocono Mountains 150 60-Laps/150 Miles (NCWTS Event 12 of 23)

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Broadcast Information: 1PM EST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS

Practice: Friday, July 29

  • First Practice: 12:30PM-1:55PM  Live on FS1
  • Final Practice: 3:00PM-3:55PM Live on FS1

NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying:

  • Saturday, July 30 Live on Fox Sports 1

Pocono Raceway Specifications:
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval

Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees; turn 2: 8 degrees; turn 3: 6 degrees;

Straights: Front – 3740 feet; Long Pond (between turns 1 and 2) – 3055 feet; North (between turns 2 and 3) – 1780 feet
Three Different Turns at Pocono:

Turn One is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway

Turn Two is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Turn Three is similar to The Milwaukee Mile

 

Follow Austin Wayne Self on Social Media: 

Be sure to follow Austin on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/AustinWSelf, on twitter at @AustinWSelf and Instagram  @AustinWayneSelf.  You can also visit AWSracing.com.

Austin Wayne Self Sets New Career Best in First NASCAR Dirt Race Appearance

eldora1Austin, Texas (July 21, 2016) – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) dialed up a mid-week classic with the 4th annual Aspen Dental Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway.

Featuring the sole dirt track race on NASCAR’s schedule, Wednesday night’s event in Rossburg, Ohio, was met with a tremendous amount of fanfare as spectators packed the grandstands early for the highly anticipated dirt track event.

For Austin Wayne Self, making his first NCWTS career dirt track start, expectations were realistic as he hoped to simply gain experience and finish the race unscathed.  However, with strong backing from his team, the 20-year old, Self, impressed in his first ever appearance at Eldora Speedway scoring a career best – ninth-place finish in his dirt derby debut.  Dirt track ace and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Kyle Larson, won the 150-lap event.

“Tonight was a great night for this all new AM Racing team,” said Self.  “Total team effort!  I can’t thank my guys enough, Terry, Brian, Greg and especially my car chief, Bill Henderson, who stepped into the role of crew chief this week and devised a plan and strategy that worked out perfectly.  Coming into this week I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations.  There’s a lot of guys out here with a ton of dirt racing experience – and there’s drivers like me with very little.  I was just hoping to survive – but earning my first top-10 finish at a track like this is really cool.”

Starting from the main event from the 28th position in his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, Self, would begin his ascent through the field from the moment the green flag dropped.  Committed to running the low to middle groove around the tight half-mile dirt oval, Self was able to make his truck stick on the slick track while navigating his way through traffic passing many experienced top rated dirt track drivers.

“I’m really proud of this entire team for all their hard work.  We found a groove we really liked and were able to have a lot of fun out there tonight.  The lower groove really worked out for us.  Bill (Henderson) was on the radio all night reminding me to run down low and protect the bottom. That was our strategy from the beginning.  Our truck responded – and we had great results.  I just can’t say enough how proud I am of everyone on this team,” added Self.

With his top-10 finish, Self gained two spots moving into the 16th position in the overall NCWTS point standings.eldoaa

Up next for the Austin Wayne Self and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 30.

Follow Austin Wayne Self on Social Media:

Be sure to visit Austin on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/AustinWSelf, on twitter at @AustinWSelf and Instagram @AustinWayneSelf.  You can also visit AWSracing.com.

 

Austin Wayne Self headed to Eldora Speedway

2016 NCWTS Stats:

2016 NCWTS Point Standings – 18th 2016 Rookie of the Year Standings – 10th Average Starting Position: 23rd Average Finish: 21.2 Best Finish: 13th (Texas Motor Speedway)

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make its annual appearance at Eldora Speedway for the single dirt race of the season.  Known as the MudSummer Classic, Eldora is one of the premier race events of the season.

“Eldora is one of those places that anything can happen.  Running on dirt, especially on a tight – one groove track will make for an exciting night. This is my first time on dirt in the truck – it will be a learning experience for sure.”  Austin Wayne Self Texas Humor

AM Racing is proud to welcome new team partner, Texas Humor. Texas Humor, an apparel company based in Austin, Texas, manufactures a wide-variety of Texas inspired clothes for folks who live in a Texas state of mind. Printed and shipped from deep in the heart of Texas, these clothes are tough, just like our great state. For more information visit www.TXHUMOR.com

“Texas Humor and Sauceda Industries are proud to be a sponsoring partner of AM Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. We’re a young company and are excited to be partnering with a young driver who will be the future of the sport. Most importantly, we’re proud to be helping a fellow Texan,” said Jay Sauceda- Founder/Owner

Track: Eldora Speedway

Race: Aspen Dental Dirt Derby (Mud-Summer Classic) 150-Laps/75 Miles (NCWTS Event 11 of 23) Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Broadcast Information: 9PM EST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1

Practice: Tuesday, July 19

First Practice: 6:30PM-7:55PM Final Practice: 9:00PM-9:55PM

NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying: Wednesday, July 20 Live on Fox Sports 1

7 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series First Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 7:09 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Second Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 7:18 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Third Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 7:27 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fourth Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 7:36 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fifth Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 8:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Last Chance Qualifying Race (15 laps), FS1 (Follow live)

Follow Austin Wayne Self on Social Media: 

Be sure to follow Austin on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/AustinWSelf, on twitter at @AustinWSelf and Instagram @AustinWayneSelf.  You can also visit AWSracing.com.

Kentucky Proves to be Unkind to Austin Wayne Self

AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 8, 2016) – Austin Wayne Self’s string of bad luck continued after finishing a disappointing 27th in Thursday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 from Kentucky Speedway.

AWSelfSelf, making his first career NCWTS start at Kentucky Speedway, had a strong Toyota yet was unable to complete the scheduled 150-lap event, after a fierce three-wide battle on lap-45 ended with the air being taken off the nose of Self’s truck, getting him loose and into the outside wall.  At the time, the twenty-year old Self, who started from the twenty-third position, was battling the No.98 of Rico Abreu for the 17th spot.

After sustaining right front-side damage to his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, Self would pit for repairs.  Hopeful, the crew jumped into action to access the damage all while attempting to keep Self on the lead lap.  As Self exited pit road with intentions to return, it became obvious the damage sustained during the accident was more than just cosmetic.  Under caution and circling the 1.5 mile newly repaved Kentucky track Self severed an oil line causing the rookie driver to bring his Toyota behind the wall for more attention.

After losing 31-laps making repairs Self was able to re-fire the engine and return to action hoping to salvage as much as possible.   Limping his crippled Toyota around the track Self would eventually succumb to transmission failure while in the 27th position.

“I am disappointed with our finish tonight at Kentucky Speedway. We got into an accident on lap 45 where we severed an oil line. My entire AM Racing team worked really hard to get us back out there and gain some positions on the track.”

“We had a solid run going there, picked up 8 positions. I hate that we weren’t able to run the whole race and bring the AM Technical Solutions Toyota home with a good finish tonight.”

SelfDespite the lackluster finish the AM Racing team walked away with their heads held high – knowing their efforts will soon pay dividends.

“These guys don’t evet quit.  When things went bad they kicked into another gear and got me back out on the track when all seemed lost.  Everyone takes a lot of pride in what we do.  We had a great truck tonight – but our night just got spoiled due to hard racing and some bad luck.”

The AM Racing team will re-gather over the next week before returning to NCWTS competition for dirt action at Eldora Speedway in the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby on Wednesday, July 20.

Follow Austin Wayne Self on Social Media: 

Be sure to follow Austin on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/AustinWSelf, on twitter at @AustinWSelf and Instagram @AustinWayneSelf.  You can also visit AWSracing.com.

Austin Wayne Self Visits the Blue Grass State for NASCAR’s Thursday Night Return

AustinAUSTIN, TEXAS (July 6, 2016)  – After enjoying an idle Fourth of July weekend, Austin Wayne Self returns to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) action this week in the Buckle Up In  Your Truck 225 from Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 7.

 

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Kentucky and running on the new surface,” said Self.  “Although this will be my first time at Kentucky in the Truck Series, I’ve run quite a few laps there in ARCA. It’s always been a fast track with a lot of character. It   will be interesting to see how the new surface changes things up – I’m expecting a fast track with tons of grip.”

Nearing the official half-way point to the NCWTS season, Self and his No. 22  AM Technical Solutions Toyota team, are dedicated to improving on and off the track during their freshman year season  of Truck    racing.

 

“It’s a long season – we’ve had our share of up and down moments, but our team continues to make strides in the right direction. This team continues to do whatever it takes to put a strong Toyota under me each and every week.”

 

Austin Wayne  Self currently occupies the 19th spot in the overall driver point standings .  After 9  of 23 NCWTS events, Self carries a 23.0 average starting position to go along with a 20.6 average finishing spot.

Singer, Song Writer – Chad Mattson Set to Sing National Anthem at Kentucky

 

AM Racing welcomes special guest, Chad Mattson, to Kentucky Speedway for this week’s event.   Mattson, the lead singer of the Christian Rock Band, Unspoken, will be on-hand to sing the national anthem prior to Thursday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  Self is a member Soldiers for Faith Ministries.  For more information on ‘Unspoken’ – visit www.UnspokenMusic.com.

 

Follow Austin Wayne Self on Social Media: 

Be sure to follow Austin on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/AustinWSelf, on twitter at @AustinWSelf and Instagram  @AustinWayneSelf.  You can also visit AWSracing.com.

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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:

NCWTS action from Kentucky Speedway begins with two practice sessions on Wednesday, July 6. The opening practice session starts at 5:00 p.m., with the final practice session kicking-off at 7:00 p.m.  Keystone  Light Pole Qualifying will take place on race day, July 7 at  5:00 p.m. Follow Live on FS2. The Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 goes green at 8:30 p.m.

 

Coverage of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (150 laps, 2225 miles ) begins at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.   Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time. Follow NASCAR.com for results.

 

NCWTS Buckle Up in Your Truck Broadcast Schedule for Thursday, July 7

Catch all the action from Kentucky on FOX SPORTS  1 and FOX SPORTS  2!

5:00 PM EST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS2)

8:30 PM EST – Start of the Buckle   Up in Your Truck 225 (FS1)

Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.