The 22 Team Looks to Chicago for a Change in Their Luck!

The 22 AM Technical Solutions Cunningham Motorsports Dodge team has moved on from Winchester Speedway and is now shifting their focus to Chicagoland Speedway.

Austin Wayne Self celebrated the July 4th weekend in an ALL AMERICAN fashion, by racing American made Stock Cars! Self kicked off the weekend with practice on July 5th where the 22 team made adjustments throughout the day and focused on getting the car exactly where they wanted it. Austin Wayne Self ran p9 throughout practice with speeds reaching 108 MPH and lap times in the mid 16’s. Later that day during qualifying AWS ran speeds topping 110 MPH, though due to mechanical obstacles earlier in the day could only salvage a P14 starting position for the race.

Crew Chief Chad Bryant commented, “Winchester was not the performance we were looking for. It was disappointing for sure but we have to move forward to next week at Chicago. Chicago is going to be a really good weekend for us! We ran really well there last year with Ryan Blaney and I expect an improved performance this year with Austin. Chicago is a 1.5 mile track and our performance has been really good at those types of tracks this year. The whole CMS 22 team is working diligently to improve our performance this 2nd half of the season and Chicago should show a good result.”

Austin Wayne Self explained, “We were really optimistic entering this race, because of last year’s success. Unfortunately we struggled in practice, and didn’t get to make a mock run so we qualified outside of our target. I think given a few more laps we may have been able to make a run at it. If we would have had an earlier caution we would have raced for the win. We’ll chalk this one up as an experience run and move on.”

Austin wrapped up the weekend with a 10th place showing and resolved to be back in the fight starting at Chicago! Next on the schedule the ARCA racing series heads to Chicagoland Speedway. This track is a 1.5 mile tri-oval speedway in Joliet, Illinois, USA, southwest of Chicago. This track exhibits 18 degrees of banking in the turns creating for a momentum building run!

Austin Wayne Self said, “I am excited about Chicago. We are good at the 1.5 mile tracks, and the 22 has been fast there in past years. This will be where we make strides. With the past few weekends we’ve had, I feel like we need to bring the bar up. We are hunting for wins now and focusing on learning. I am appreciative of all that Cunningham has been doing to put me in fast cars, we’ve just had some bad luck, and we are gonna turn it around.”

Moving on to Chicago Austin Wayne Self is stationed 7th in points and currently leading the rookie of the year standings. AWS has collected 6 top 10’s in 7 starts.
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You can also watch the race live on Fox Sports 2- Sat 07/19/2014 06:00 PM FS2 EST.
Below is the schedule of dates and time the race will re-air:
Sat 07/19/2014 03:00 AM FS1 2.0 ARCA RACING
Sun 07/20/2014 02:00 PM FS2 2.0 ARCA RACING
Mon 07/21/2014 03:00 PM FS1 2.0 ARCA RACING
Tue 07/22/2014 11:00 AM FS1 2.0 ARCA RACING

Austin and Crew Race Toward NJMP

As the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge Rolls into New Jersey, Austin Wayne Self feels confident for this season’s first road course. New Jersey Motorsports Park is a 2.3 mile track with 12 challenging turns, and a half mile straightway. This will be Austin’s second start at this track.

In 2013 AWS and the 22 Cunningham Race Team started 25th after an engine change.  AWS rallied from the 25th spot to secure a 10th place overall finish for the day. This 15 position advance throughout the race showed the team’s intrepid passing efficiency and Austin’s advanced road course skills attributable to his stint in world karting. In that race AWS exhibited the highest passing ratio of any driver within the field, and this year the 22 Team will certainly be a front runner at New Jersey Motorsports park.

Currently Austin Wayne Self is sitting 7th in season standings with 3 top 10’s in 4 starts. Austin Wayne Self is also leading Rookie of the Year standings.

Austin Wayne Self Commented:

Q: Your thoughts moving towards NJMP?

“I am excited to get back out there in the ARCA car. We are focusing on our point standings and Scott Rookie of the Year points. It’s important for us to move forward.”

 Q: Considering you moved forward 15 spots in 2013, do you think you have a shot at the win this year?

“Definitely. We want to race clean and be there at the end of the race. If we can get through qualifying- our 22 AMTS Dodge will already be ahead of where we were at last year, so I think we will be the team to lookout for this go around.”

 Q: What do you think about NJMP?

“It’s a really fast track and you get to use the curbs a lot, which I like. My karting has helped my road course racing, it comes naturally when I show up at NJMP which gives me an edge over the competition.”

 Q: What will be your primary focus this weekend?

“I’m really focusing on hitting my marks the entire weekend. It helps me win races and move forward in the pack strategically.”

Chad Bryant, Crew Chief on the 22 car navigated Austin towards an excellent showing in 2013 and we can only expect more success in 2014.

Chad Bryant explained, “The road course at New Jersey offers various challenges to stock cars and their set up. Typically we run oval tracks where we can concentrate our efforts on turning left.  New Jersey is very challenging for us to make the car really good in both left and right corners.”

“The vehicle that we will be using this week is a car with its intention and purpose built for road coarse racing. This car has features built into it that allow us to be better in the right handers. The cars that we use on a regular basis has a high left side weight percentage for left hand corners, this car is equal weight left to right with the driver in it.”

“Aside from set up, the team will have to utilize strategy this weekend in order to keep track position for the end of the race.  Track position is crucial to having a good finish because it is very difficult to pass on a road course. Our fuel mileage window is something we will be observantly monitoring. The teams will have eight tires in the pits this week at their disposal, conservation and usage will also be a dynamic in our strategy.”

“I am looking forward to going back to New Jersey Motorsports Park this year. After the test we had earlier this month, it was evident that our performance is where it should be. The car was a lot more comfortable for Austin than last year’s car was, and with Austin’s maturity and confidence growing each and every race, I think we are going to be a factor in the race at New Jersey.” –Chad Bryant, Cunningham Motorsports, #22 Crew Chief.

The race at New Jersey Motorsports Park will take the green June 01, 2014, at 01:00 PM Eastern Time. For live timing and scoring check: www.ARCARacing.com

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