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 Turns Second Chance into NCWTS Career Best Finish

April 3, 2016 (Austin, Texas) – In his first career start at Martinsville Speedway, Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions-Black’s Barbeque Toyota Tundra, turned weekend adversity into a career best 15th place finish in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

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Despite chasing speed and failing to qualify his familiar No.22 Toyota Tundra, Self was given reprieve after stepping in for fellow series competitor, Tommy Joe Martin, who damaged his No.44 truck during group qualifying and was unable to start the race.  Martin, without a backup truck was credited with a qualifying lap good enough for 24th on the starting grid.  At this point Self and his AM Technical Solutions team worked out a deal to re-enter the starting field under the Martin Motorsports No.44 team banner.

“I’m glad that we got to race today in the Alpha Energy 250. Thank you to Thomas Joe Martin and Martin Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to race.  It was a lot of fun out there. Not a bad day for my first time at Martinsville Speedway. I am proud of my entire team for all of their hard work and not giving up all day,” said Self.

Self, who made the most of his opportunity, was credited with a 24th spot starting position but had to take the green flag from the rear of the field (32nd) due to NASCAR’s driver/car change rule.

At the onset, Self was forced to battle an ill-handling truck as he navigated around the demanding half-mile track. Going down as many as 2-laps to the leaders, Self-stayed poised while his crew made changes throughout the 250-lap overtime event.  Battling, the 20-year old rookie driver inched his way up through the field. martinsville1111

After running mid-pack most of the afternoon, Self was able to break inside the top-20 during the late stages of the race.  After several late race cautions the No.44 AM Technical Solutions Toyota took advantage of strong re-starts ultimately finishing in the 15th place position.

After three NCWTS season events Self currently occupies the fifteenth position in the overall driver point standings.  The series schedule resumes at Kansas Speedway (May 6) for the running of the Toyota Tundra 250.

AUSTIN WAYNE SELF AND AM RACING CONTINUE INITIATION IN NCWTS

AUSTIN, Texas (February 29, 2016)–Austin Wayne Self and his AM Racing team continued their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series initiation at Atlanta on Friday evening, as the rookie driver battled to a 16th place finish in the Great Clips 200.

AWSSelf, who was making just his second NCWTS start, qualified 20th for the race in his No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra and was running 14th prior to the final restart. He finished on the lead lap at a track many veteran drivers consider perhaps the series’ toughest. Self was coming off a season-opening performance at Daytona last week in which he ran as high as 6th and on the fringe of the top-10 for much of the race, giving early indication that the team from Texas has the goods to be a NCWTS contender.
“Atlanta was a great learning experience for me, in terms of figuring out how the air impacts these trucks and the way the trucks handle in race conditions,” Self said. “I certainly could have been more aggressive, but my mission was to learn, stay out of trouble and try to finish the race on the lead lap, and we were able to do that.”

Self is in 17th place in the NCWTS driver standings following the first two races of the season. AM Racing is also 17th in Owner Points. As a new team this season, AM Racing has no guaranteed starting position and must qualify for each race.

AM Racing owner Tim Self says so far, so good this season where the team’s competitive plan is concerned. “Our goal as a team in these first few races is to race clean, make no mistakes and try to earn the respect of NASCAR and our competitors in the NCWTS,” Tim Self said. “As a new team without the benefit of previous points, we’re not guaranteed a starting spot. So for us at this point, making the race, finishing the race and bringing our trucks back in one piece is a win. We’re building a solid foundation that will enable continuous improvement and better performance as the season progresses.”

Crew Chief Marc Browning believes there’s no reason the first-year team can’t be a contender in the first-ever NCWTS Chase for the Championship.

“We intend to put ourselves in position to make the Chase, and now
consistency and calculated caution are key to making it happen,” Browning said. “We expect to continue to get better each week. Our guys have great attitudes and are working hard, and they’re all-in with their commitment. As a Texas team, we’re getting great support from our fans and partners there, and we’re thankful to our partners Black’s Barbecue, Texas Tea, Beanitos and Rick’s Salsa for keeping us well-fed during the long days and nights at the race track and shop.”

Next up on the NCWTS schedule for Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team is the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville on Saturday, April 2. Televised coverage of the race begins at 2pm EST on Fox Sports 1. Live coverage of the race may also be heard on MRN Radio.

Prior to that, however, Self and his AM Racing teammates will return to the Lone Star State for some late-model racing at the season-opener at Central Texas Speedway, Self’s home track. 

SELF SWEPT UP IN BIG WRECK, DASHING HOPES FOR VICTORY AT DAYTONA

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 20, 2016)– At Daytona International Speedway, the line between putting oneself in strong position to challenge for possible race victory and being swept up in a mess not of one’s making is razor-thin, as rookie Austin Wayne Self discovered en route to a 19th place finish in the NCWTS NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday.

Self, a rookie who qualified 19th for the season-opening race in his No. 22 AM Technical Solutions/Black’s BBQ Toyota Tundra, displayed patience and poise in a steady progression toward the front of the pack, charging into the top-10 by the race’s halfway mark and to a 6th-place spot with just over thirty laps to go.

aws2Self maintained strong competitive position as the laps wound down and the pack tightened, running on the fringe of the top-10 with ten laps remaining. Then, the big-wreck bite for which Daytona is known reared its head, gobbling up sixteen trucks in twisted collision carnage, including Self’s, which sustained major left side damage. The pileup pulled Self from the lead pack and ended any shot at possible victory.

“We had a great run going all night with our No. 22 AM Technical Solutions /Black’s BBQ Toyota, and I’m so proud of our team for all of their hard work,” Self said. “We were running up there just outside the top-5 for a while, running with the leaders, but we just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when the wreck occurred. It was one of those things that was out of our control. It’s unfortunate, because our guys had worked so hard and given me a really strong truck to drive. I’m proud of their effort in getting the truck fixed so that I was able to get back out there and finish the race.”

Next up for Self and the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions/Black’s BBQ Toyota Tundra is the Great Clips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 27. The race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 4:30pm EST. Race coverage may also be heard on MRN Radio.

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AM TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS AND FAMILY OF TEXAS PARTNERS TO SUPPORT AUSTIN WAYNE SELF IN NCWTS

Austin Wayne Self roars into his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016 with strong support from a circle of Texas-based companies led by AM Technical Solutions, who announced their return as a primary sponsor for Self.

Austin-based AM Technical Solutions (AMTS), a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets, has been a primary partner of Texas native Self’s for five seasons, including his Rookie of the Year campaign in the ARCA Racing Series in 2014 and his runner-up finish in the ARCA championship points standings (including a win at Winchester) last season.

AWS“We’re excited to continue our support of Austin as he competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016,” said Kelly McAndrew, Chairman of AM Technical Solutions. “Austin’s work ethic and dedication to his racing career are a perfect fit with our company values. We’ve witnessed his continued improvement and success as a driver, and he’s become part of the AMTS family. We believe our partnership with Austin in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will provide a great platform for additional brand exposure for AMTS, especially as Austin battles for Rookie of the Year status in the No. 22 Toyota Tundra. We can’t wait to get started.”

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.

“I’m proud to have AM Technical Solutions on board with me again this season in the NCWTS,” Self said. “I’m thankful for the amazing support they continue to provide. They are a key reason I’ve been able to pursue my dream of racing in the upper levels of NASCAR. Our team and I are committed to doing everything it takes to make AMTS, and all of our fans and partners in the great state of Texas, proud this season.”

Don’t mess with Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation’s acclaimed longtime litter-prevention campaign, will again be supporting Self this season. The campaign will maintain branding presence on Self’s truck and fire suit, and the iconic red, white and blue Don’t mess with Texas trash can will be at the track with the AM Racing team.

“I’m a big believer in litter-prevention, and Don’t mess with Texas has done an incredible job of raising awareness about the cost of littering and importance of keeping the great state of Texas clean,” said Self.

Other partners that will return to support Self this season are Texas Tea, Texas Made, AVIS Rental Car, Hoosier Scale, Ultra One Clean, Beanitos Chips, and ACE Asphalt.

AM Racing Forms Truck Team

AM Racing Forms Truck Team, an Interview with Owner, Tim Self

Mooresville, NC — AM Racing announced its formation of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization. Led by owner Tim Self, AM Racing will field the No. 22 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series for the full 2016 campaign kicking off at Daytona International Speedway in February.

“This is an extremely interesting and exciting project for us and all of our partners,” said Tim Self. “We will be working hard to establish AM Racing as a leader in the NASCAR Truck Series and add an energizing dynamic to the brands of our partners. I have a vision of how I want to build this race program and all of the pieces are coming together pretty quick. We will be well prepared for the season when we show up in Daytona. We are committed to one full time truck already and expect to announce a second one in the near future.”

Self_DMWTAM Racing will field Toyota Tundras in the 2016 season having partnered with Toyota Racing Development (TRD). The team has also entered into an agreement with Championship winning Triad Racing Technologies as their engine supplier.

“We are grateful to have Toyota as our principal racing technology partner,” added Self. “Direct access to Triad Racing Technologies and Toyota Racing Development products and services sharply ramps our performance curve. Integration of AMTS Engineering and project tools into our program model will hopefully give us a performance advantage both on and off the race track.”

AM-Racing-LoogSelf, a successful entrepreneur, founded AM Technical Solutions in 1994 to provide Engineering and other Technical Services to advanced technology Industries including Semiconductor and Life Sciences. Mr. Self’s technology industry experience spans 25 years, and he has extensive expertise in process systems and project management. He has published a number of articles on the design and installation of process systems and has held memberships in the Institute of Environmental Sciences, the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and owns Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas.

“We have developed highly efficient project delivery models from many years of experience and expect to bring effective operational Solutions to the racing industry,” concluded Tim.

AM Racing will be making a driver and sponsor announcements in the very near future. The organization is also looking to expand with the second truck for the 2016.

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AM Racing Tabs Austin Wayne Self to Pilot No. 22 Toyota Tundra

hopMOORESVILLE, NC (December 10, 2015) – AM Racing is proud to announce it has tabbed 19-year old Austin Wayne Self as the driver of the newly formed team’s No. 22 Toyota Tundra.   Self will compete in all 23 races on the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule and compete for the Rookie of the Year honor.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Austin.  “I grew up dreaming about competing at the highest levels of NASCAR and now I get to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  I am very appreciative of this opportunity and look forward to working hard on and off the track so I can do the best job possible. I will have a lot to learn and will turn
to our manufacturer and fellow veteran drivers for some key guidance.”

Self is coming off competing the last two seasons in the ARCA Racing Series where he earned one win (Winchester 2015), finished second in the championship points in the 2015 season, won the S&S Volvo Most Laps Completed Award Winner and was the 2014 ARCA Scott Rookie of the Year.  He also collected 13 Top-Five’s and 30 Top-10 finishes in his 45 career starts in the ARCA Racing Series. The Austin, Texas native will lean on these past experiences as he goes through the 2016 season and navigates some of the rookie hurdles such as visiting some tracks for the first time.

The AM Racing team recently announced its newly formed NASCAR operation with its debut coming at Daytona International Speedway in February.  The team has joined forces with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) which is a critical element of their growth.  The team will utilize a Triad Racing Technologies engine program for the season and is in the process of building a new stable of Toyota trucks featuring KBM chassis and suspension components.

“The ability to partner with Toyota, TRD and Triad engines will allow us to put a top level truck on the track each week,” added Self.  “The team is building brand new Toyota trucks which raises my excitement level even higher.  A tremendous amount of work has been put into this AM Racing program and I can’t wait to get to Daytona.  I am very focused on putting my best foot forward on and off the track for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and beyond.  Finally, as a native of the great state of Texas it is an honor to represent the only brand of pickup truck that is manufactured in Texas and the largest selling truck in the state – just like me the Toyota Tundra is “Born In Texas and Built by Texans”.”

AM Racing and Austin Wayne Self will make their NASCAR debut together on February 19, 2016 at Daytona International Speedway in the running of the NextEra Energy Resources 250.  To learn more information on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing please visit awsracing.com.

 

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