Self Places 2nd at HMP in #15 Modified

After a strong finish Saturday, Austin Wayne Self looks forward to testing in Indianapolis.

[dcs_img_left][/dcs_img_left]In the 60 lap feature at Houston Motorsports Park, Austin Wayne Self succeeded in maintaining a top three position throughout the entire race. Running the #15, Sports Clips, Umscheid Racing Modified- Austin won his heat and started the race on the pole. Austin commented, “My car was running great and we almost had first, but he kept running me high, we had a great race and learned a lot, we lost some position after the cautions but got back up there and finished strong.” During the 60 lap feature only 12 of 20 cars remained on the lead lap and Austin Wayne Self proved once again his tenacity to race and endurance on the track results in consistent race finishes. This week Austin will begin testing in Indianapolis and looks forward to his upcoming ARCA race.

For more information follow Austin on Twitter @AustinWSelf or visit his website for schedule updates.

Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing to move NASCAR Modified Program to Houston Motorsports Park (HMP)

After racing at HMP for the 1st time last weekend, Austin and team were so impressed with the quality of the facility, the racing program and the staff, they have decided to make HMP the new Home Track for their NASCAR Modified Program and plan to race the balance of the 2011 races there.

“HMP is a 1st class facility with a great team of people. They run a top-notch program and have the fans to prove it. We look forward to competing in the Modified field and hope to win the hearts of some of the fans. It will be tough on both counts for sure, but we are up to the challenge,” says Tim Self Owner of AM Racing.

“Yeah, we came out here to race the trucks and had a great time.  I want to thank Raymond, Jim and Eddie for giving us a fast truck last Saturday night. We were up front racing for the win and having a great time until we got spun and sent to the back. Still had a great time, and man I love the high groove on that track. Based on how well we did in trucks, I think we will be really competitive in the Modified. I can’t wait to get back there next Saturday night. I just hope we can get some of our central Texas fans to come out here. We could definitely use their support,” says Austin Wayne Self, the 15-year-old driver of the #8.5 Truck, #07 Modified and #07 Late Model.

When asked if the AM Racing Late Model Program was going to move as well, AM Racing Crew Chief David Umscheid had this to say: “ We are moving our Late Model Program to Charlotte for the 2012 season, so there are no immediate changes to our Central Texas Program. We do plan on bringing a couple of East Coast drivers down to test and maybe even race before the end of the season.”

Following a stellar run in NSACAR Trucks last weekend, in which Austin finished 5th out of 17 in his 1st ever truck race.  It was also  and 1st time on the HMP track, and  the new Home Track for AM Racing and Austin Wayne Self’s Modified Program.

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Austin Wayne Self Gets another Win in NASCAR Modified Division

Nearly Scores Another Double Win with 2nd in Exciting Late Model Division Racing

Kyle, Texas — Monday, July 18 — Thunderhill Raceway

After starting P4 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified Division, Self quickly showed he had a fast car by charging into first place using the outside groove on a restart.  By Lap 20, Self extended to a 10-car-length lead and never looked back as the balance of the race was all green flag.

“I really have to thank David Umscheid and JR for setting up the best Pro Mod out there tonight.  Once we were able to get to the front, I knew nobody could catch us. We have been using the high groove a lot this season to make passes especially in the Late Model. It’s a cool thing when your crew gives you a car that can run on top or on the bottom. We had a really good car tonight” said Self.

“I also want to congratulate the Umscheid family on their second grandchild.  Michael and his wife had a daughter earlier this week.  Their family is very close, so I appreciated that David was still there for us at the track this weekend.”

The Modified win brings Self’s NASCAR win total to 4.


After a very brief celebration in Victory Lane, Self and team ran the car through post-race tech.  After being cleared, Self hustled over to the 07 Late Model where it was waiting on the grid.  The Late Model Division then went green roughly 20 minutes after the Modified Division finish.

Self started in P6 and drove to P3 by Lap 10.  Self was then sent to the back when the car he was passing to take third couldn’t hold the outside groove and took a spin. The Thunderhill ‘All Involved’ rule sent Self to the back of the field. After another caution involving other cars, Self used the outside groove to race up to P4 and made an inside move on Lap 15 to advance up to P3.  The final 20 laps involved tight bumper-to-bumper driving between Bobby Teer, Jr., Robert Barker and Self.

On the final lap, Teer was forced up the track going into turn 3 as Barker was able to wrangle to his inside. Teer couldn’t keep his car in the high groove and ran off the track in turn 3.  No yellow was thrown and the race finished with Barker taking the win and Self finishing in P2.

“Those last 20 laps were very tight between Teer, Barker and our car.  We tried several moves to get around them, but they really fought us off each time.  We couldn’t have asked for a more fun night of good racing – I had an absolute blast,” says Self.

“We also have to thank the fans who came out to support us tonight.  It was cool to see the stands full and the crowd cheering and going crazy for some exciting racing.  That’s what it’s all about!”

Self will be back on the track at Thunderhill Raceway on Saturday, July 30th.




Terri Hartley

Phone 281-702-2573





15-year-old Austin Wayne Self Makes NASCAR History

Texan Pulls off Double Win in NASCAR Whelen All-American Pro Modified and Late Model Divisions

Austin, TexasMay 22, 2011 – Saturday night at the races, Austin Wayne Self got to do his favorite thing in front of a rowdy Texas crowd; come from the back and win. Not once but twice. 15-year-old Austin Wayne self claimed a piece of NASCAR history when he took the checkered flag in both the Pro Modified and Late Model Divisions at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas.

“The past four races have been very frustrating for our team and fans, and it feels so good to finally get that next big win and it’s almost unreal to think we just pulled off a double.  My crew, family and fans deserve this win more than anything. The guys always work their butts off, to give me great cars, we qualify pole, lead a bunch of laps, our fans get excited and then we get taken out on a restart. That kind of thing just kills us all. But this week, by the grace of God, we came up big, really big. You can’t imagine how cool it feels to deliver a huge night for my fans, family and team,” says Self.

“Terry James (Crew Chief) and I had a little chat about the last four races and then he told the team that we were going to race hard but we had to stay away from some of the more aggressive drivers. So that’s what we tried to do and it worked out real well in the Modified race.  But we had some problems in the Late Model Race.”

Austin Wayne Self NASCAR Pro Modified win

Self qualified off pole in the Pro Modified race after being edged out by Heath Stewart by 0.030 seconds with HE Naumann, Zac Hausler and Ryan Englehardt rounding out the top five. But a full inversion of the qualifying order put Self and Stewart at the rear of the field for the race start. Self and Stewart eventually made their way to the front by taking advantage of the double file restarts and the developing outside groove that just got better as the night went on. Self made it to the front first and the two drivers proceeded to check out on the field. Self kept his car on the bottom to protect the inside and forced Stewart to use the high line.  Stewart could not make it work good enough to get a run on Self out of the turns. It was a dash for the finish with Self holding his position for the win.

“Heath (Stewart) is a great driver and he races clean so I wasn’t worried about getting clipped. But he has a great motor so I was a little worried that he might be able to drag race me out of 2 or 4 if he could get the upper groove working for him and keep me pinned down on exit.  I give a lot of credit to Heath for keeping the race clean,” says Self.

Less than 10 minutes later, Self was climbing into the 07 Late Model and starting 3rd row outside. Self had to dive to the bottom of the track and lock it up to avoid contact when the front two cars on the front row collided on lap 1. Because he left the racing surface during the maneuver, race control would send him to the back.

Unfortunately, Self suffered damage to the front of his Late Model when he could not avoid another spin that involved the two cars in front of him. Self would eventually head to the pits to fix some of the damage and start in the back again.


With no hood, a damaged front end and a set of Goodyear Tires that had been locked up twice, Self began his amazing march to the front. He brought the crowd to a roar by choosing the outside line on every subsequent restart. That strategy paid off when he got by the 96 (Robert Barker) and then passed the 92 (Taylor Brandes) car for the lead. Self would go on to lead the balance of the race and take his second win of the night the hard way.


“The crew made all the right calls in this race. We knew our car had lost a little speed with the crash damage and we had some fast cars in front of us running the low line. We figured we couldn’t get under them so we would try to go around them. This has pretty much been a one groove track so I don’t think the 96 and the 92 thought we could get by on the outside,” says Self.

Evidently neither did the crowd that went crazy when Austin pinned the 92 car down coming out of 4 and won the drag race down the front stretch.

Self would go on to thank all the right people and give all the glory to God in the ensuing post race interviews. He spent the rest of the night hanging out with his fans and giving out autographs.

NASCAR recently lowered the age limit for drivers in the Whelen All-American Series to fifteen.  Austin’s fifteenth birthday was on March 5, which was opening day for the racing series.  As a result of that change, Austin joined the Pro Modified class and earned his first win on May 21.  By winning both the Pro Modified and Late Model class, Self becomes the first 15-year-old NASCAR driver to win two premiere Divisions on the same night.


Terri Hartley

Photo credits: Jeff Garvin

About Austin Wayne Self
Austin Wayne Self, a 15-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races in both the Pro Modified and Late Model Divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Self is also an international Karting champion, having competed since age 5. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.


Post-Race Comments from April 23rd

We put the 07 Chevrolet Late Model on the pole. Led the entire race. Had a 6 second lead on the field with 7 laps to go and then had to watch our car leave the track on the back of a wrecker due to late race restarts and desperate aggressive drivers.

I want to sincerely express my gratitude to our fans. They know this crew is the best and together we are unbeatable in outright green flag racing. We will make them proud winners many times before this season is over.

Thanks everybody from me and the Crew.
Secondly, I have to thank my crew. I have never driven a better race car than the Late Model I drove tonight. It was perfect. Terry, JC, JR, Michael, David, Todd the new guy, Heath, there is nobody in central Texas that can build cars like you do. You are the best and I give you all the credit for our great performance here tonight.
For the sake of all of our fans and our safety, I hope Race Control can find a solution to this reckless driving problem before someone gets seriously hurt.
We struggled with the 07 Pro Modified tonight. We had a fast car in final practice but for some reason started the race with a push in mid turn and then ended up with a loose car by the end of the race. We just didn’t have enough car to win the race. I have to take most of the blame here because I was asking the Crew to give me a car more suitable to my driving style they had to make some major changes to do so and it was like starting from scratch. But I think by the next race or two we will have it all dialed in with a winning set up.
It was a good clean Race that we may have been able to get a top 3 in but when the 2 car got loose in front of me coming out of 4, and I had to check up, I lost momentum and didn’t have enough to get back up there to race.
It was a good thing Heath Stewart held on to it.  It was pretty crazy.
Thanks to AM Technical Solutions, TRC Race Cars, Umscheid Racing Services and Bryant Promotions for all their Support. Happy Easter to everyone and to my sister Michail and Cooper for driving down from Fort Worth to watch the show and spend Easter with the family. Thank God for his Grace and blessings this Easter and always.

Wild Race Night on April 2

“What a wild race night, but we learned a lot this past Saturday,” said Austin after his races on April 2nd. 

“We had the fastest Late Model out there, and the 2nd fastest Pro Mod. Gotta give the 91 car credit for a clean Pro Mod race! Also credit to the crew for the Late Model. We need to stay focused on the season and keep working hard for the next race on April 24th. Thanks to the crew, the fans, my close friends and family for keeping the faith!”

Go to Austin’s YouTube channel to checkout the race action from April 2nd and previous weekends.

Austin Wayne Self 2nd Place in Points in Both the NASCAR Late Model and A-Line Modified Classes

Austin Wayne Self 2nd Place in Points in Both the NASCAR TSRS Late Model and A-Line Modified Classes

Takes 4th Place in A-Line Modified, and 6th in TSRS Late Model Race

March 24, 2011: Kyle, Texas – March 19th was a rough night at Thunderhill Raceway for Austin Wayne Self. But despite numerous difficulties beyond his team’s control, Austin is able to solidify the 2nd place in season points in both the NASCAR Whelen All-American TSRS Late Model and A-Line Modified classes.

Austin’s difficulty started on the very first lap and just continued from there. There were multiple yellow caution flags that resulted in restarts, some wrecks that put liquid on the track between turns 3 and 4 that caused a delay while the track crew worked on clean-up, and Austin’s #5 car had to leave the track two times for repairs. The class was scheduled to complete 35 laps, but was only able to complete 17 on a green-and-white checkered finish due to the time limit.
“I’m really glad we got to go back out on the track and race. I wasn’t really too unhappy overall because a guy who never won before [61 Cory Lovell] got the win. It was good to see him win, and we got some points out of it,” said Austin.
Once all of the details were sorted out, Austin recorded a 4th place finish in the A-Line Modified class, and is #2 in the season point standings season point standings.
Twenty-four minutes later, after drinking a lot of water and saying some pre-race prayers, Austin hit the track again in his 07 Late Model car.
After opening the season with a bang on March 5th with a win in the Late Model, Austin knew he would have a challenging race. Austin started in the 4th position and quickly jumped into 2nd past Robert Barker. When trying to make a move on Bobby Teer, Jr. for 1st place, he was part of a wreck that put him into the wall just off Turn 4. At that point Austin had to head to the pit for some repairs. After the restart, Austin quickly jumped up to 5th place, but with 5 laps to go was spun out when making a move for 4th. He ended up finishing in 6th place overall. Austin is also #2 in the season point standings for the TSRS Late Models.
“This was just the second race of a long season. We still have a long way to go. I’m very pleased we were able to maintain a great position in the standings and complete both races. Things definitely could have been much worse,” said Austin.
NASCAR A-Line Modifieds
1. 61 Cory Lovell 177
2. 07r Austin Self 171
3. 10 Robert Walton 161
4. 44 H E Naumann 156
5. 30 Jake Kruger 149
6. 53 Ryan Engelhardt 124
7. 15 Michael Umscheid 115
8. 91r Zach Hausler 108
9. 42 Justin Long 81
10. 26 Bob Slezinsky 70
11. 33 Jason Morman 66
12. 2r Robert Stewart 65
13. 2r Heath Stewart 56
14. 18 Anthony Gordon 50
#44 receives 5 bonus points for Hard Charger on 3/19/11
1. 2 Bobby Teer Jr. 200
2. 07 Austin Self 174
3. 1r Nick Cole 153
4. 92 Taylor Brandes 146
5. 28 Jeff O’Neill 142
6. 96 Robert Barker 141
7. 3 Mike Reininger 130
8. 69r Michael Pollaro 124
9. 9 John Hernandez 116
10. 5 Heather Ables 85
11. 29 Todd Farris 71
12. 37 Mark Ackerman 61
#5 receives 5 bonus points for Hard Charger on 3/19/11
About Austin Wayne Self
Austin Wayne Self is a 15-year-old NASCAR Pro Modified, TSRS Late Model stock car and multi-series kart-racing champion. In 2011, Austin starts his second Late Model stock car season in the NASCAR Whelen All-America Series, and his first Pro Modified season at Thunderhill Racetrack located in Kyle, Texas. In 2010, he was named Rookie of the Year, 3rd Overall in Points and Best Looking Team in the Texas Super Racing Series. Austin is a consistent podium finisher and has been “Engineered to Win” in any racing environment. Learn more at
Terri Hartley
Phone 281.702.2573

Austin Wayne Self Wins NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Race on 15th Birthday

Scores 2nd Place Finish in his First NASCAR Modified Race

March 8, 2011 –- Kyle, Texas – Austin Wayne Self gave fans at Thunderhill Raceway a great show on a windy Saturday night that also was his 15th birthday.  After having practiced a total of less than 75 laps, Austin nearly recorded an upset, and finished in 2nd place in his first ever NASCAR Modified race, finishing behind only his teammate and 2010 Pro Modified champion Michael Umscheid.
Exactly 32 minutes after leaving the track from his Modified race, Austin hustled over to #07 Late Model where he finished in 1st place, just ahead of the 2010 TSRS Late Model champion Bobby Teer, Jr.
“It’s a great birthday present to win the season opener and do so well with the Modified,” Self said to those gathered around. “But you can’t win anything without a great team and lots of support from lots of people. I feel very fortunate to have so many great people believe in me.”
Austin’s driving coach Chris Baker adds, “His transition to the Modified has been absolutely brilliant.  He gave us all a birthday present.  It was a wonderful experience, and I hope the momentum just keeps going from here.”
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Austin Wayne Self to drive Modified Class in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Austin Wayne Self today announced the addition of the Modified class to his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas. He will race for the 2011 NASCAR A-Line Modified championship with Crew Chief J.C. Umscheid. The #5 Modified car of Umscheid Racing Services will now become the #07 car to reflect the Austin Wayne Self brand.
NASCAR recently lowered the age limit for drivers in its feature division (Division 1), which is the Modified class at Thunderhill Raceway. Since Austin’s fifteenth birthday is on March 5, opening day for the racing series, he is now able to join the Modified class. Austin and Umscheid Race Services will have the opportunity to compete for the Division 1 local, state and national titles and point fund awards.
“I’m stoked to have two rides this year, and I know we will be competitive right out of the box. I’ve only been in a Modified once in my life, and that was last weekend when Hogan Naumann let me drive his a few laps. It was sweet for sure,” says Self.
“We are looking forward to working with a talented driver like Austin, who has shown he can win in pretty much any type of car. This puts one of our cars in a great position to repeat as the Modified championship,” says J.C. Umscheid.
In 2010 Austin was named the TSRS Rookie of the Year in the Late Model stock car class, a season that included 3 first place finishes and 3rd overall in points. This year the TSRS Late Model stock cars are racing as a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. This means that Austin will race in both the Late Model stock car and Modified classes in that series.
Austin’s NASCAR Whelen All-America Late Model stock car and Modified racing season opens Saturday, March 5 at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas.
About Austin Wayne Self
Austin Wayne Self is a 14-year-old Late Model stock car and kart-racing champion. In 2011, Austin starts his second Late Model stock car season in the NASCAR Whelen All-America Series, and his first Modified season at Thunderhill Racetrack located in Kyle, Texas. In 2010, he was named Rookie of the Year, 3rd Overall in Points and Best Looking Team in the Texas Super Racing Series. Austin is a consistent podium finisher and has been Engineered to Win in any racing environment. Learn more at
About Umscheid Race Services
Headquartered in Alvarado, Texas, and led by J.C. Umscheid, a third generation racer. Umscheid Race Services provides driver training, race strategy and chassis set-up services to race teams in several series. These teams have won numerous races, track championships, series championships and other awards since signing on with Umscheid.
More information can be found online at
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