February 2018 – Austin Wayne Self
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Self prepared for third start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Fresh off his best finish this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Niece Motorsports veteran driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) looks to keep his No. 22 Don’t Mess with Texas Chevrolet team pointed in the right direction in Friday night’s Stratosphere 200 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

Returning to Sin City, Self, the Austin, Texas native, has two prior starts in Las Vegas, including a track-best 20th-place run last fall. With experience and a determined Niece Motorsports crew alongside, the team eyes its first top-10 finish of the season.

“I’ve always liked Las Vegas,” said Self who sits 19th in Truck Series points. “Each time I’ve run there – I seem to find myself getting more comfortable. It’s a place where momentum certainly helps and balance is key for the long run.

“Last weekend at Atlanta, we worked really hard to get our No. 22 Don’t Mess with Texas Chevrolet better from the green flag to the checkered flag, and I felt that my crew chief Joey Cohen did a great job making the adjustments to my liking, which allowed us to have a solid finish.”

While the Truck Series teams will practice during the day on Thursday and start racing near dusk on Friday night, Self says it’s important for his team to not get too wrapped up in what the truck is doing during the day – and instead prepare for the adjustments of racing under the lights.

“It’s going to be cooler than normal for Las Vegas this weekend and I think that could be a factor in handling,” Self explained. “Las Vegas seems to be one of those temperature sensitive tracks. We’ll start the race in some daylight, but end completely under the lights. The good thing is that Niece has experience at Las Vegas under the lights, and we have our alliance with GMS Racing to feed off as well.

“As good as I ran on most of the intermediate tracks last year, I’d be disappointed if we didn’t contend for a top-10 finish this weekend.”

Set to close out a three-week stretch for the Truck Series Friday night, Self says the first two races have been solid at Niece Motorsports and believes when it comes to the grind of the season, his No. 22 Niece Motorsports team will be a player.

“There have been a lot of changes over the off-season and into the new year, but it’s all been great for Niece and my team,” explained Self. “Justin, (Fontaine) my teammate is off to a fast start and I think we really made some serious gains at Atlanta.

“If we can come out of Las Vegas with a good result, we can go back to the shop, regroup and plan to raise ourselves another notch for Martinsville Speedway next month.”

Like last year, the Don’t mess with Texas campaign and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 43rd career start.

The Don’t mess with Texas campaign is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.

For more than 30 years, Don’t mess with Texas has made tremendous progress educating Texans about the impact of littering on the state’s economy, environment and physical landscape.

In 42 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and three top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.8 during his three years of competition.

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.
For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

The Stratosphere 200 (134 laps / 201 miles) is the third of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Mar. 1 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:05 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Mar. 2, beginning at 3:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Pacific).

Austin Wayne Self readies return to Atlanta Motor Speedway

HAMPTON, Ga. – With the second race of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season set in the heart of Georgia this weekend at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, Austin Wayne Self and his Niece Motorsports team seek a top-10 finish in Saturday afternoon’s Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Self, a native of Austin, Texas will return to the 1.5-mile speedway for the first time since his rookie season in 2016 and is optimistic that his No. 22 Don’t Mess with Texas Chevrolet team can duplicate or better his 16th place performance nearly 24 months ago.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Atlanta,” said Self. “It’s one of the most unique race tracks on the circuit, especially with its aging surface. We made great strides during the race a couple years ago and I think after a few laps on Friday, we can get our Niece Motorsports team in that same position.”

The 22-year-old Self also sees Atlanta as an opportunity to propel his team forward after a strong performance was derailed last weekend at Daytona. Throughout last Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, Self and the Joey Cohen led team remained in the hunt for a top-10 finish – but when a late-race accident started, Self’s No. 22 Chevrolet was left a victim of circumstances and ultimately a 20th place finish.

Still, Self knows that his Niece Motorsports team flexed their muscle and is confident in the performance they delivered.

“Daytona was really good for us, even with the finish,” added Self. “Daytona allowed the chance for me and Joey (Cohen, crew chief) to really work on our lingo. I was very content with our qualifying effort and I think we can everyone just a preview of our capabilities.”

With Atlanta serving as the middle of a three-week consecutive stretch for the Truck Series, Self knows that a good finish on Saturday will help propel them to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, one of his favorite tracks on the tour a week later.

“Atlanta is one of those places where handling and tire management is key,” noted Self. “Speed is important – but handling will be the ultimate decider for putting yourself in a good position for a solid finish.

“I think the pace is going to slow down considerably from the start of the weekend until the checkered flag. I think the stages will be important. If you’re not in a good position for the first stage – you can work at the end of that stage to get the truck better, so you can be better for Stage 2 and ultimately the final stage.

“I feel like we had a missed opportunity at Daytona with knocking out some stage points. Hopefully, we’re in the right place to pick up a few on Saturday.”

Like last year, the Don’t mess with Texas campaign and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 42nd career start.

The Don’t mess with Texas campaign is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.

For more than 30 years, Don’t mess with Texas has made tremendous progress educating Texans about the impact of littering on the state’s economy, environment and physical landscape.

In 41 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and three top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.9 during his three years of competition.

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

The Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (130 laps / 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 23 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 24 beginning at 10:35 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

About Don’t Mess with Texas:

TxDOT’s Don’t Mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t Mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

About AM Technical Solutions:

AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) is a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets.

AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions and cleanroom certification and testing.

About Niece Motorsports: 

Niece Motorsports is owned by United States Marine Corps Veteran Al Niece.  In 2018, Niece Motorsports enters its second full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, fielding two full-time teams with Austin Wayne Self and Justin Fontaine.

Niece also owns Niece Equipment, which has for over 30 years provided clients with reliable products at competitive prices.  Niece Equipment’s reputation is built on service, integrity and dependability.

The company provides water and fuel / lube trucks that are engineered with quality and durability in mind for the construction and mining industry.

Follow the team on Facebook and Instagram @NieceMotorsports as well as Twitter @NieceMotorsport.

CONTACT: media@niecemotorsports.com

Austin Wayne Self revved up for Daytona return

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway will always hold special memories for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self.

Last February, the Austin, Texas native survived an accident-filled NextEra Energy Resources 250. Slicing and dicing his way through the carnage, Self found himself in contention for his first career victory – and came within inches of doing so, after escaping a breathtaking pileup on the last lap.

Inches from passing leader Kaz Grala, emerging from the smoke on the backstretch, Self settled for second, a career-best in his young Truck Series career. Twelve months later, Self returns to Daytona hoping to find himself in a similar scenario.

“You never know what to expect at Daytona,” said Self. “This race is certainly a crap shoot. You can play all your cards right and then something happens ahead of you and your night is over.

“Last year, everything went right and we almost ended the night in Victory Lane. I’m hoping that the kind of luck can strike twice, and we can have a good race with my Niece Motorsports team.”

Shifting organizations during the off-season, the former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Rookie of the Year has joined Niece Motorsports, for his second attempt at a full season schedule, aboard the No. 22 Don’t mess with Texas Chevrolet Silverado.

Of course, Self realizes that the game plan has changed this time around and the experience he’s gained since then should help his cause to enter the post-season Playoffs.

“I feel really confident about the season,” said Self. “Niece Motorsports has a great alliance with GMS Racing and these guys on our No. 22 team are incredibly focused. I think like any race at Daytona, there’s pressure to perform.

“The guys have certainly put the manpower and hours into building our No. 22 Don’t mess with Texas Chevrolet and hopefully their efforts will be rewarded during practice on Thursday and then qualifying and the race on Friday.”

Like last year, the Don’t mess with Texas campaign and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 41st career start.

The Don’t mess with Texas campaign is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.

For more than 30 years, Don’t mess with Texas has made tremendous progress educating Texans about the impact of littering on the state’s economy, environment and physical landscape.

“I really can’t thank Don’t mess with Texas and AM Technical Solutions enough for helping make not only Daytona possible – but my second full-time season,” Self added. “It takes a lot of commitment and financial responsibility to put these race trucks on the track.

“As a driver for Niece Motorsports, it’s my job to go out there every weekend and leave nothing on the table and give our partners a finish they can be proud of. We did last year at Daytona and it would be great to do that again.”

The season-opening race on Feb. 16 will also mark Self’s first race working with new crew chief Joey Cohen.

Cohen enters the Niece Motorsports picture after a successful stint at GMS Racing where he most notably gained attention for the development of the team’s successful XFINITY Series program.

The Texan is hopeful that Cohen can continue his success by leading the No. 22 team into the spotlight.

“I have a lot of trust in Joey,” offered Self. “We’ve spent some time getting to know each other and it’s easy to see why he is well-liked. He has a great work ethic and cares about winning.

“That drive, motivation and expertise should put us in a position to surprise a lot of people this year. At least, I hope. We’re optimistic we can go to these first three races and do good work and then take a break and come back at Martinsville and make a charge towards the Playoffs.

“I think anything less than that, we’d be disappointed.”

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps / 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 15 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 16 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

About Don’t Mess with Texas:

TxDOT’s Don’t Mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t Mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

About AM Technical Solutions:

AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) is a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets.

AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions and cleanroom certification and testing.

About Niece Motorsports:

Niece Motorsports is owned by United States Marine Corps Veteran Al Niece.  In 2018, Niece Motorsports enters its second full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, fielding two full-time teams with Austin Wayne Self and Justin Fontaine.

Niece also owns Niece Equipment, which has for over 30 years provided clients with reliable products at competitive prices.  Niece Equipment’s reputation is built on service, integrity and dependability.

The company provides water and fuel / lube trucks that are engineered with quality and durability in mind for the construction and mining industry.

Follow the team on Facebook and Instagram @NieceMotorsports as well as Twitter @NieceMotorsport.

CONTACT: media@niecemotorsports.com

Austin Wayne Self Speaks at Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Board Meeting

 

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 31, 2018) – Austin Wayne Self made a trip back home to Texas earlier this week to speak at the Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Board M

“I was very honored to be able to get to speak at the sorghum meeting Monday in Texas,” said Self.

 

“I was really excited sharing with everyone my goals for the upcoming year and how sorghum has such an impact on the NASCAR community.  I was very proud to have sorghum on the truck at Texas this past November and am hoping to do more with them in the future.”

 

In the ethanol industry, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program is focusing on developing direct awareness of the benefits of using sorghum as a fuel and feedstock.

 

Renewable fuel, which includes ethanol, serves as the foundation of demand for the sorghum industry.  Ethanol producers typically use about one-third (approximately 120 million bushels) of the sorghum crop to produce clean-burning, high octane fuel.

 

The Sorghum Checkoff’s renewables program is focused on expanding and developing opportunities for sorghum growers within the renewables space through a combination of research and market development.

 

Last year, sorghum was planted across about 1.9 million acres in Texas with millions of bushels harvested.  Texas was second in the top-five sorghum-producing states in 2016.

 

Self, a native of Austin, Tex. partnered with the Texas Grain Sorghum Board and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program last fall at his home track of Texas Motor Speedway.

 

“Being able to have the Sorghum guys at Texas this past November was great,” added Self.

 

“Everyone got to see and touch the truck as well as sit on the pit box on pit road during the race. I look forward to having Sorghum back at the race track here soon.”

 

Self will kick off the 2018 NCWTS season at Daytona International Speedway on Fri. February 16 with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at 7:30 p.m. ET live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).

 

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

 

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.