Cut Tire Spoils Austin Wayne Self’s Bid for Victory at Chicagoland

chicago_2(Joliet, Ill, June 20, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford Fusion for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) appeared to be headed towards a career best finish in the Scott 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway Saturday afternoon. Self was racing in the second position with 20 laps remaining when contact with another car cut down his left rear tire.

Self was able to maneuver the No. 98 car down pit-road to receive four new tires.  Self returned to the race to gain valuable positions before the conclusion of the race and finish in the 12th position.

“This was a difficult end to a great weekend,” Self stated after the Scott 150. “We weren’t that good in practice and we changed everything on the car Saturday morning before qualifying and the car responded.

“We fought all day and positioned ourselves for a solid finish. I don’t know if we could have caught the No. 58 but it was going to be a solid top-three.”

“I hate it for everyone on this MMM crew because they work endlessly to provide me with great cars. I know we will be fast at Winchester next weekend, it’s one of my favorite tracks on the ARCA schedule.”

Self qualified the No. 98 in the fourth position for the tenth race of the 2015 ARCA season.

The 2014 Scott Rookie of the Year would race in the top-five all afternoon and made his only pit-stop under caution at lap 65. The No. 98 crew sent AWS back on-track in the third position.

Self made a three-wide pass on Matt Tifft and Frank Kimmel on a restart at lap 72 to move into the second positon. Self continued to battle Tifft for the runner-up spot when Tifft made contact with AWS resulting in a flat left rear tire. The second year driver was able to keep the car off of the inside wall and bring the car to pit-road.

ChicagoSelf returned to the track two laps down but was able to gain three positions in the final 15 laps to finish 12th.

Next week at Winchester marks the fifth round of the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge. Self enters the race second in Calypso Short Track Challenge points trailing Kyle Weatherman by just five points.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at the Winchester Speedway Sunday, June 28th. The race will be broadcasted live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 2:00 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow, Mason and Austin on their personal twitter pages @themasonracin @AustinWSelf

Austin Wayne Self Ties Season Best Finish at Michigan International Speedway

11427679_10153938287183222_2066191216104916370_n(Mooresville, N.C., June 15, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS) tied his season best finish of third Friday evening in the Corrigan Oil 200 at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Self driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) was the fastest driver on-track during the last 15 laps of the race and made up critical ground. Self was able to slot into the third position on the final lap passing Tom Hessert out of turn four to earn his fourth top-five of 2015.

“This finish was huge for our MMM team,” Self stated. “We’ve had some bad luck the last couple of weeks so it was nice to come out of Michigan with a solid top-five.”

“We played the fuel strategy perfectly and almost won the race. I can’t continue to thank AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy and everyone on this MMM team for their support.”
“I am really looked forward to Chicagoland this weekend, MMM was successful here last year winning the race with Mason. I am looking forward to getting the No. 98 back in victory lane.”

Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell was rained out Friday morning due to persistent rain. Self would start in the seventh position for the 100 lap event.

When the green flag waved on the ninth race of the 2015 season Self slid back to the 10th position. Self continued to race in the 10th position until the caution waved at lap 36 for a passing shower.

Self visited pit-road under the caution for four Hoosier tires and fuel. Self brought the No. 98 back down pit-road with 1 lap remaining under the caution at lap 48 to top off on fuel.

10672197_10153939022483222_6607369720901034319_nWith 25 laps remaining Self moved into the top-five for the first time and began turning lap times quicker than the leaders.

The Austin, Texas native was able to move around Tom Hessert into the third position on the final lap to earn his fourth top-five finish of the 2015 season.

This marked the sec

ond third place finish for MMM in the last two weeks. Driver and owner Mason Mitchell piloted the same car to a third place finish at Pocono Raceway one week prior.

The finish marked Self’s first top-five on a 1.5 mile track. Self and the No. 98 team remain fourth in championship standings 125 points behind leader Grant Enfinger.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Scott 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway Saturday, June 20th. The race will be broadcasted live on the Fox Sports 2 beginning beginning at 6:00 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

 

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow, Mason and Austin on their personal twitter pages @themasonracin @AustinWSelf

Late Race Right Front Problem Halts Austin Wayne Self’s Top-10 Effort at Pocono Raceway

Pocono(Mooresville, N.C., June 8, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) appeared to be headed to his best intermediate finish of the 2015 season Saturday at Pocono Raceway. Self was running in the top-ten, challenging for a top-five finish in the closing laps when a right front tire sent the second year driver into the turn one wall.

Self and the No. 98 team finished the 80 lap event in the 15th position.

“We had the car perfect at the end of the race,” Self stated. “We worked all day Friday to find a great balance and when the race started we went to the front.”

“This team did a great job making adjustments all race long. It’s disappointing to have something like this happen after putting ourselves in position for a solid finish.”

“We have an awesome team, great racecars and great sponsors. I am ready to get all the pieces together and get this No. 98 back in victory lane.”

Self started the Pocono ARCA 200 from the 15th position and worked his way into the ninth spot before the caution was displayed for the first time at the end of lap one.

Pocono_2Crew chief Matt Weber brought Self and the No. 98 down pit-road during the races second caution at lap 13 and sent the Austin, Texas native back on track in the 13th position.

Self stayed on-track during the third caution at lap 18 and moved into the top-five for the first time. Self continued to move up the leaderboard making a three-wide pass on Josh Williams and eventual winner Trevor Bayne to move into the second position at lap 27.

During the afternoon’s longest green flag run of 42 laps, Self continued to race well into the top-five and positioned himself for a solid finish.

Self made his final trip to pit-road under caution at lap 66 and restarted 6th. The 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year was challenging for a top-five when he had a problem with the right front sending him into the turn one wall with four laps remaining.

Self and the No. 98 team finished 3 laps down in the 15th position. Self remained fourth in drivers points 135 behind leader Grant Enfinger.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Corrigan Oil 200 at the Michigan International Speedway Friday, June 12th. The race will be broadcasted live on the Fox Sports 2 beginning beginning at 5:45 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow, Mason and Austin on their personal twitter pages @themasonracin @AustinWSelf

 

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Self Takes Over the Second Championship Points Spot with Third Consecutive Top Five Finish in Federated Auto Parts 200

Salem_ShortTrackSpotlightSalem, IN — Self and the number 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford Fusion earned their third consecutive top 5 finish this weekend at the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem Speedway. Self and his team rolled into Salem with a car setup and strategy that they were confident would keep them running in the front of the pack. A few incidents early on and throughout the race gave the team a few challenges to overcome in order to stay in the top but, they were able to make it through those obstacles to finished in the fifth position.

“When we came to Salem Speedway to test last weekend we decided to set the car up for really long runs due to the 100 plus lap green run we experienced last season at this track. An early incident in the first few laps turned us around and gave us our first challenge. And then a few cautions throughout the race broke up the long runs. When we got into some good green runs we made our way up the field pretty good. I think if the flag count had been a little different we could have finished on top,” Self explained.

98Pass_ShortTrackSpotlightThe weekend began on Saturday with poor weather conditions. The scheduled practice sessions and qualifying were canceled due to the consistent rainfall. The starting lineup for Sunday’s Federated Auto Parts 200 was determined by 2014 season owner’s points putting Self and the 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford in the pole position. Self would lead the pack to the start of the weekend’s big race for the second time this season. Contact competition started early and Self found himself spinning on the fifth lap around. Several cars were involved in the incident that drew the first caution of the race. Self reported some chatter in the right front and took a quick trip to the pits. Self restarted the race in the thirteenth position minus a right front shock. He had some work ahead of him to make it back up towards the front of the pack. With a few longer green runs and some intense and exciting side-by-side racing, Self made his way back up to the top 6. Announcers and fans were on their feet as Self battled and went three wide on the backstretch to overtake the 4th position with under 50 laps to go.

98PitStop_ShortTrackSpotlight“If those final few cautions hadn’t come out and we would have been able to stay under green then the finish would have been a different story. We took a chance on our setup and unfortunately the flags just didn’t fall our way. I’m really proud of my team and crew though. We went from starting in the front, all the way back to 13th within the first few laps, and ended it in the top 5. The best part is that this weekend allowed us to take over second place in the point standings and we’re only 95 points behind the leader. We’re on the climb and we’re making awesome progress” – Austin Wayne Self

Self made three pit stops throughout the race during the caution flags with the final pit stop being the most important. The pit crew was able to give him four fresh tires and make an air pressure adjustment to send him on his way for the final few laps of the race. Self lost one position during the final pit stop but was able to make it up in the final sprint to the finish. The team’s 5th place finish earned them the second spot in the Championship Points race. They now only sit 95 points behind points leader Grant Enfinger. Can Self pass Enfinger with his run at Talladega? Find out this weekend. The Talladega race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 on Friday, May 1st at 5:00pm Central. Don’t miss the race and Austin’s chase for the first spot!

Self Continues Southern Short Track Racing Streak, Heads to Music City

AWS Music CitySelf continues a southern short track race streak this weekend at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. This will be the third straight short track race Self will compete in since the race season began. The first race of this streak was the ARCA Mobile 200 in Mobile, AL where Self finished 4th moving him into the third place position in Championship points. Following Mobile Self returned to Texas for some Pro Late Model racing at his home track. This weekend Self will be a top competitor in the first ARCA race at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in over 20 years.

DMWT_AWS15Self heads to the second Short Track Challenge race coming off of two top five finishes. The young driver is no stranger to short track racing and has proven to be one of the top short track drivers in the series. Many of Self’s top five finishes in his Rookie Championship season came at short tracks such as, Berlin Raceway, Lucas Oil Raceway and Salem Speedway. Not only did Self excel at these ARCA Racing Series short tracks but, he also gained short track seat time during the Pro Late Model races that were added to his 2014 season race schedule. Though the Nashville track is new to the driver, his experience will ensure that he will be a force to be reckoned with on Saturday.

Since the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway hasn’t seen an ARCA race in over 20 years, the track will be new for many drivers and ARCA fans. Here are some things Austin found during the test he had a few weeks back and some general facts about the track: Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in an eighteen degree banked oval track. The track converted to a half-mile paved oval in 1957 when it became a NASCAR series track. The track was later extended in 1969 and is currently 0.596-miles in distance.

“I really like the race track. It’s a race track that you have to search for the line a lot on. It’s really unique and reminds me a lot of the old short track in San Antonio that we used to race Pro Late Models at. The 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford was working really well at the test. It’s a new track for us but it’s also a new track for everyone else in ARCA. Might have to make a few adjustments here and there. I know Matt Weber and the 98 crew has worked really hard since Mobile to prepare for this race and I know we’ll have a great car to work with when we show up Saturday!” – Austin Wayne Self

AWS_98CamoFans will have the chance to meet Austin during the on track autograph session from 5:15 – 5:45 pm CDT. Nashville will mark the final race with a Special Edition AWS Hero Card. The 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford Fusion will also be sporting some new graphics in honor of the troops. Fans are encouraged to stop by for pictures with Self and the 98 car, and to get a hold of the limited Special Edition Hero Cards during the autograph session.

The Troop Aid 200 begins at 8:00pm CDT and will be broadcast live on arcaracing.com via a new pay-per-view program. Live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy will also be available at arcaracing.com. Tune into Self’s Facebook and twitter for behind the scenes updates throughout the race weekend.

Austin Wayne Self Scores his 8th top 10 of the 2014 Season

In 12 starts throughout 2014 Austin Wayne Self and the AM Technical Solutions Dodge for Cunningham Racing has secured 8 top 10 finishes. This past weekend at Pocono Raceway AWS scored an 8th place finish after starting 11th in the Modspace 125.

In a limited 50 lap race, in which only 1/3 of the starting field finished on the lead lap, Austin Wayne Self powered through the lineup to close out the day with a strong effort from the 22 team. The name of the game this past weekend was rain, and bets were made to beat the storm!

“We had a good car in the race, we had a pit strategy in place to race hard until the rain came, but it never rained, so that threw us off half way through the race. We were running P4 and it just didn’t play out for us to be in the top 5. Cautions really weren’t towards our advantage, but we recovered and made it a race.”- AWS

Ultra One Representatives with ARCA CarThe 22 AM Technical Solutions team took pride in a solid top 10 finish for the day with race partner Ultra One Cleaner. Austin Wayne Self commented, “I really enjoyed meeting everyone from Ultra One- they brought some great products out to the hauler and we will definitely be using them throughout race weekends. Their support at Pocono was great for our team.” -AWS

Next up on the schedule the ARCA Racing Series will make their way to Michigan for the Federated Auto Parts 200. Berlin Raceway will host the 200 Lap event Saturday, August 9th and Austin Wayne Self is excited to get back to a little, down home Saturday night short track to race under the lights.

“We raced at Berlin last year, and we have a good chance of running up front there. It’s a short track so I am confident there, its going back to my roots and I feel good about what we are bringing to Berlin.”- AWS

In 2013 after starting the night 7th, Austin Wayne Self raced his way to a 4th place finish at Berlin Raceway. After gaining valuable experience this season, AWS and his team are eyeing a race win!

For race updates throughout the weekend check Facebook.com/AustinWSelf and Twitter @AustinWSelf .