Austin Wayne Self takes P2 at Central Texas Speedway!

On November 16th Austin Wayne Self raced in the “NASCAR Saturday Night” Presented by A-Line Auto Parts in his 07 Late Model and put on an incredible show for a record crowd! AWS started on the pole and ran between 4th and 2nd throughout the entire race, which consisted of a record entry field. On the last lap Austin ran P3 and after a turn 2 wreck avoided carnage by taking the low line and secured a P2 finish! “It was really close, and I’m just happy we were able to get past everything and get a strong finish!”-AWS

Austin now looks forward to even more seat time and some great kart racing in LAS VEGAS! Austin Wayne Self will race the SuperNationals XVII Karting Event at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Austin will be representing Team Arrow along with AJ Allmendinger and Will Power on November 19-24 in the TaG Senior Class.

KartSport/Comet Driver Austin Wayne Self Sets New Track Record at New Castle Motorsports Park

Sets New Fastest Lap in Yamaha Junior with 109.89 in the 2nd heat of the Route 66 race at New Castle

“New Castle is one of the most famous kart tracks in the world and for sure the most well-known kart track in the U.S. This is where all the IndyCar guys race. Setting a new record at this track means you have achieved something,” says Austin.  “NCMP hosts several major series each year including the WKA Man Cup Finals, so the teams and the drivers bring their best game and a lot of speed to this place including many of my competitor friends. But the credit has goes to Eric, Mark, Michael Danny and the whole team for putting together such a fast Kart. I’m just the driver.”

“I was just trying to reel in the race leaders. Starting positions were picked randomly by race control and we started 18th out of 24. With one lap to go, the 3rd place kart was the next kart in my sights and I was trying get past him before we got to the stripe. I knew I could catch him if I just kept pushing. I never had to over drive the Kart, it just got better as the race went on. I knew from looking at the micron that each lap was faster than the last, but catching that next kart was all I focused on. It wasn’t until after the race that Mr. Dismore told me we just set a new track record. I remember thinking – wow how cool is that! All I can say is that this is by far the best kart I have ever raced.”

“We knew we had a fast set up with this X1E chassis when we saw Austin drive through the field and pass the race leaders to win this class yesterday. He was saying all day how this was the best kart he had ever driven. Not that you couldn’t tell from his ear-to-ear grin,” says Eric Jones, President of KartSport. “We elected to stay with the tires we raced yesterday so we could tell how this chassis performs over the entire life of the tires. Most chassis slow down as the tires get more laps. Clearly this chassis is consistent through the entire tire life. More importantly this chassis stays consistent from the first lap to the last lap during a race, as evidenced by the fact that Austin turned his fastest lap and set the record on the last lap of the race.”

“No telling what we could have done if we had put on new rubber this morning,” says Mark Dismore Jr., President of Comet. “Normally we see lap times in the mid to high 110’s at this level of competition. This is the first time anyone has ever gotten into the single digits on this configuration in any series running a Yamaha Jr. Kart. It’s even cooler when you figure he was using a Comet motor, along with our new patriot clutch.”

“There is no doubt about Austin’s ability to get the most out of the equipment we give him. Just about everyone who knows him will attest to that. So I think the real question everyone is going to have is the particulars about the equipment we were using,” says Tim Self, Owner of AM Racing. “We set the record using the Arrow XE1 Chassis, a Comet built motor, Patriot clutch and Bridgestone YLC tires. If anyone wants to know more than that they can call Eric Jones and Mark Dismore. Or find out the hard way and show up to race here next weekend.”

A pre-main race incident sent Austin from race leader to starting 20th in a 26-car field. He put on an amazing display of driving talent as he came from the back of a 26-car field to win the Route 66 finale that same weekend.

Self and the KartSport/Comet Team will back next weekend for the running of the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup season Final.

About KartSport

KartSport is the exclusive North American importer of Arrow Racing Karts and offers a number of karting parts, supplies, accessories, and services. The race team, KartSport Team Arrow Racing competes across the country in karting events at the highest level. In addition, they opened a retail store at KartSport’s headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina.

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About Comet

With over 45 years in the industry, Comet is still going strong and is looking to the future; having added karting’s online store in 2004, and opening a racing kart facility in the Indianapolis area at New Castle Motorsports Park.  Comet continually adds new parts and products to their product line, expands the yearly print catalog, and attends dozens of national kart events every year; all while continuing the tradition of race winning Comet Racing Engines with strong on track performance and excellent customer support!

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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.

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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.




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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.


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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.


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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