Austin Wayne Self heads to Chicagoland eyeing back-to-back top-10 finishes

JOILET, Ill. – With his second top-10 finish in the books in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) most recent race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, sophomore driver Austin Wayne Self heads to Chicagoland Speedway hoping the momentum blows into on-track competition in Friday night’s Chicagoland 225.


In a one-off return with his AM Racing team North of the Border, Self is ready to return to Martin Motorsports’ No. 44 Don’t mess with Texas / AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet looking to be a factor in the final race of the regular season.


“Before I turn my concentration on Chicagoland, my heart is pouring out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma,” said Self.


“It’s very sad to turn on a television and see Mother Nature’s fury take on my home state and a state where I’ve made a lot of memories. We’re racing hard for a good finish this week in honor of all those victims.”


To help with the devastation, Martin Motorsports has donated the bed top of the truck to bring awareness to the STAR Fund, which also needs help in the aftermath of Harvey.


The State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund was created solely with monetary donations from private individuals and companies, including Farm Credit, Valero and McCoy’s Building Supply. STAR Fund money may be used to assist farmers and ranchers in rebuilding fences, restoring operations and paying for other agricultural disaster relief.


“It’s important to remember while many families lost everything in Harvey, so did a lot of farmers and ranchers,” added Self. “Chicagoland Speedway, thanks to Martins Motorsports is an opportunity to show our support and bring further attentiveness to those agriculture producers in the wrath of Harvey’s destruction.


“Every dollar counts as the floods have devastated many farming and ranching operations and caused massive loss of livestock and feed sources and as proud Texans we’re going to do our part to inform people of the STAR Fund and its purpose.”


As for Chicagoland, Self is hoping to build on his 17th place finish from last fall after starting 26th.


“I learned a lot at Chicago last year,” noted Self. “You can’t race Chicago like you race Kentucky or Kansas or Homestead. Chicago has its owner finesse and style. I feel confident that we can get our No. 44 Don’t mess with Texas Chevrolet rotating good through the corners so we can have the speed to carry on the straightaways.”


In addition to AM Technical Solutions, Don’t Mess with Texas will serve as an associate marketing partner for Self’s 31st career NCWTS race.


Self, 21, is scheduled to remain the primary driver for the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Industry veteran Kevin Eagle will continue his role as crew chief.


The Chicagoland 225 (150 laps / 225 miles) is the 16th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Sept. 14 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m., with a final practice session is set for 5:30 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Sept. 15 beginning at 4:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).


For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program , visit dontmesswithtexas.org.


For more on the STAR Fund and its mission, please click here.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.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.


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 the No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team:

The No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck fielded by Martins Motorsports is a marketing and brand collaboration effort with Faith Motorsports owned by Shane Lamb.

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.
For more information leading up to race day, follow Austin on Facebook and on Twitter for behind the scenes pictures, videos and other updates.

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