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Pocono (Pa.) Raceway | Gander RV 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado
Driver: Austin Wayne Self
Follow the Team: @AMRacingNASCAR; @AustinWSelf
Start: 18th
Finish: 15th; Running (150 | 150 laps completed)
Driver Points Position: 15th | Owner Points Position: 15th

Austin Wayne Self Quote: “Not the race we were hoping for. We didn’t get that many opportunities to work on the truck throughout the race. We could have used a caution at the end of the race to make a charge towards a top-10 finish, but it never materialized.

“We brought our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado in one piece but really looking forward to Eldora in a couple of days!”

Next Up: Eldora Dirt Derby on Thurs. Aug. 1, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) | Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR.

About GO TEXAN:

GO TEXAN is a widely recognized brand. It represents a diverse collection of people, products and services that are genuinely Texan. Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.

Consumers make buying decisions based on the prestige of GO TEXAN, a desire to support the Texas economy and the value received from buying local.

About AM Technical Solutions:

Headquartered in Austin, TX, AM Technical Solutions was founded in 1994. AM Technical Solutions is a global engineering and construction management firm, specializing in the high-tech industries. AMTS has managed over $20B of global capital projects for over 170 different customers in 15 countries.

For more information, please visit amts.com.

About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self.

Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance

The team has named Austin Wayne Self as its driver for the 2019 season.

Riding Kentucky momentum; Austin Wayne Self set for double duty at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pa.: Fresh off a solid sixth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway two weeks ago, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) veteran Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) treks to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway hoping for back-to-back top-10 finishes in Saturday afternoon’s Gander RV 150.

It will be another busy weekend for Self as he is also scheduled to compete in Friday afternoon’s FORTS USA 150 ARCA Menards Series race driving the No. 32 Chevrolet for Win-Tron Racing, providing double the opportunity for the Austin, Texas native.

“It’s going to be a busy weekend, but I’m excited about it,” said Self. “I had a great time in my ARCA return at Chicagoland Speedway last month and I know that Win-Tron is going to bring me another fast Chevrolet this week.”

Pocono’s tricky three-turn 2.5-mile can be daunting for some, but its unique layout has been a race track that Self has quickly adapted too.

In three NGOTS starts, he has back-to-back top-20 finishes, while also delivering two top-10 finishes in four ARCA starts between 2014 and 2015.

This weekend though, top-20 finishes won’t do. Self is determined to deliver his No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet another top-10 run.

“Pocono is always a fun place to race,” added Self. “The strategies by the crew chief and engineer are very important – especially when weather can be an issue. I haven’t always had the best luck there, but I enjoy racing there. I look forward to the opportunity to turn around my finish in Long Pond and contend for our third top-10 Truck Series finish of the year on Saturday.”

Knowing that both the ARCA and Truck Series races are just a short 60-lap sprint, Self knows it’s critical for his AM Racing team to put themselves in a position to execute and with veteran crew chiefs on the box in both divisions, Self is prepared for whatever will be thrown his way.

“60 laps believe it or not goes by quickly, especially in the Truck Series with stages breaks,” offered Self. “For us, qualifying is going to be important, with the stages being really short you have to take advantage of track position before the field gets spread out.

“In the ARCA car, you can’t determine when a caution flag may wave so the race could be won by your trip to pit road, so this weekend offers the prime opportunity for strategy to be front and center, which provides an element of excitement for the fans.”

Like Chicagoland, IceBox Helmet Coolers will serve as the primary partner of Self’s No. 32 Chevrolet SS in his 49th career ARCA start.

Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program will support Self in his 75th career Truck Series start.

GO TEXAN, celebrating its 20th Birthday this year, represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known for throughout the world.

AM Technical Solutions, Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the 14th race of the year.

In 74 NGOTS races, the 2014 ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and six top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.2 during his three years of competition.

The Austin, Texas native is nestled 16th in the championship standings with 10 races remaining.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR.

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

Visit AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) online at amts.com.

For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.

For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.

For more on Kreuz Market, please visit kreuzmarket.com. like them on Facebook (KreuzMarketLockhart) and follow them on Twitter (@kreuzmarket).

The Gander RV 150 (60 laps |150 miles) is the 14th of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., July 26 from 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. A final practice session is set for 12:35 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 6:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag on Sat., July 27 shortly after 1:00 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 (Eastern).

About GO TEXAN:

GO TEXAN is a widely recognized brand. It represents a diverse collection of people, products and services that are genuinely Texan.  Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.

Consumers make buying decisions based on the prestige of GO TEXAN, a desire to support the Texas economy and the value received from buying local.

About AM Technical Solutions:

Headquartered in Austin, TX, AM Technical Solutions was founded in 1994. AM Technical Solutions is a Global Architecture, Engineering & Construction firm specializing in the high-tech markets. AMTS has managed over $20B of global capital projects for over 170 different customers in 24 countries and across five continents.

For more information, please visit amts.com.

About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance.

The team has named Austin Wayne Self as its driver for the 2019 season.

Austin Wayne Self’s Solid Day Spoiled Late at Pocono

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AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 31, 2016) – Austin Wayne Self seemingly enroute to his second-consecutive solid NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) outing, finished 25th at Pocono Raceway after parts failure spoiled his day during the closing stages of Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150.

Self, in charge of his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, started from the 21st position (based on practice results) after pole qualifying was scrubbed due to early morning rain.  Showing speed, the NCWTS rookie quickly raced his way inside the top-15 by lap-10 of the 60-lap event.

A day which saw a race record nine cautions totaling 27-circuits around Pocono’s 2.5-mile triangle, Self would pit under the fourth caution taking tires and fuel on lap-25.  Armed with a solid handing Toyota Tundra, Self, restarting 16th, would work his way inside the top-10 before being slowed by the fifth caution of the day on lap-27.

Restarting ninth on lap-31, Self and his AM Racing were on the move until the No.86 truck cut down and moved Self to the flat sending him spinning without damage.  Losing valuable position Self would pit for a new set of Goodyear tires before restarting 20th.

With crew chief Rick Ren in his ear, Self stays calm and goes back to work, climbing back up into 16th position before the seventh caution of the day once again slowed the field.  Electing to stay out while a few front runners pitted, Self, picked-up three spots during the yellow flag.

With momentum building again, the green flag waived on lap-44 with Self in the 13th spot.  But soon after the restart the No. 44 truck trailing Self reports the No.22 may have issues with the rear axel – under green Self is forced down pit road for service.  Losing valuable track position the AM Racing  jumped into action diagnosing and replacing the left rear axel cap on Self’s truck.

Self would re-enter the race on lap-48 – four laps down in the 25th positon.  On the record setting ninth caution of the race coming on lap-53, Self, once again with direction from his crew chief is told to salvage his day – run his own race and avoid any chaos on the final restart – and bring his truck home in one piece.   Self would do just that settling for a 25th place finish.

“We had a really solid day ruined by bad luck,” said Self.  Today was typical of every race I’ve had here at Pocono.  I’ve been here a handful of times in the ARCA Series and it seems every time I run well something causes us to finish in the back.”Pocono

“I really hate it for our guys – this entire AM Technical Solutions Toyota team did a heck of a job preparing a great truck for me today.  We ran in the top-15 consistently throughout the day until the left rear axel cap broke.  It’s disappointing but we come out of here learning a bunch and overall stronger as a group.  We’ve assembled a great team – everyone gives 100% and refuses to settle.  We’ll be ready to take on Bristol in a couple weeks.”

The race which featured five different leaders was won by fellow Toyota driver William Byron.

Self maintains his 16th position in the NCWTS driver point standings.

The AM Racing will regroup and prepare for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 17.

 

 

Austin Wayne Self Gears Up For The Tricky Triangle

04 Feb 2016 - Testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Austin Wayne Self (Tami Kelly Pope)

Austin Wayne Self

No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Age: 20

2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • 2016 NCWTS Point Standings – 16th
  • 2016 Rookie of the Year Standings – 10th
  • Average Starting Position: 23.7
  • Average Finish: 20th
  • Best Finish: 9th (Eldora Speedway)

Pocono Raceway Race Notes:
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit Pocono Raceway for the seventh time since its 2010 inaugural race. Known as the “Tricky Triangle”, Pocono is known best for its unique 2.5 mile paved configuration.   #WhatTurn4
Pocono Raceway Race Quote:
“I’m really excited to get back at it this weekend at Pocono.  We’re riding a lot of momentum after last week’s finish at Eldora.  And now we’ve added Rick (Ren) into the mix as crew chief.  Rick is one of the best all-time and gives us a huge advantage moving forward.  The knowledge and leadership he possess will make an immediate impact on our team.  I’m looking forward to working with him and benefitting from all his knowledge.”  Austin Wayne Self

Pocono Raceway Team Notes:
Rick Ren, a two-time championship NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief has joined AM Racing and will serve as Austin Wayne Self’s crew chief in the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2016 NCWTS season.
Ren who won two NCWTS championships in 2007 and 2009 with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. has 326 recorded starts as crew chief, earning 28 wins, 114 top-5’s and 199 top-10 finishes over a span of 19 years.  During his decorated career, Ren has worked in all three NASCAR Touring Series with drivers such as Ricky Craven, Denny Hamlin, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ward Burton, Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick to name a few.

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Track: Pocono Raceway

Race: Pocono Mountains 150 60-Laps/150 Miles (NCWTS Event 12 of 23)

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Broadcast Information: 1PM EST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS

Practice: Friday, July 29

  • First Practice: 12:30PM-1:55PM  Live on FS1
  • Final Practice: 3:00PM-3:55PM Live on FS1

NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying:

  • Saturday, July 30 Live on Fox Sports 1

Pocono Raceway Specifications:
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval

Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees; turn 2: 8 degrees; turn 3: 6 degrees;

Straights: Front – 3740 feet; Long Pond (between turns 1 and 2) – 3055 feet; North (between turns 2 and 3) – 1780 feet
Three Different Turns at Pocono:

Turn One is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway

Turn Two is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Turn Three is similar to The Milwaukee Mile

 

Follow Austin Wayne Self on Social Media: 

Be sure to follow Austin on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/AustinWSelf, on twitter at @AustinWSelf and Instagram  @AustinWayneSelf.  You can also visit AWSracing.com.

Austin Wayne Self Gears Up For The Tricky Triangle

04 Feb 2016 - Testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Austin Wayne Self (Tami Kelly Pope)

Austin Wayne Self

No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Age: 20

2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • 2016 NCWTS Point Standings – 16th
  • 2016 Rookie of the Year Standings – 10th
  • Average Starting Position: 23.7
  • Average Finish: 20th
  • Best Finish: 9th (Eldora Speedway)

Pocono Raceway Race Notes:
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit Pocono Raceway for the seventh time since its 2010 inaugural race. Known as the “Tricky Triangle”, Pocono is known best for its unique 2.5 mile paved configuration.   #WhatTurn4
Pocono Raceway Race Quote:
“I’m really excited to get back at it this weekend at Pocono.  We’re riding a lot of momentum after last week’s finish at Eldora.  And now we’ve added Rick (Ren) into the mix as crew chief.  Rick is one of the best all-time and gives us a huge advantage moving forward.  The knowledge and leadership he possess will make an immediate impact on our team.  I’m looking forward to working with him and benefitting from all his knowledge.”  Austin Wayne Self

Pocono Raceway Team Notes:
Rick Ren, a two-time championship NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief has joined AM Racing and will serve as Austin Wayne Self’s crew chief in the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2016 NCWTS season.
Ren who won two NCWTS championships in 2007 and 2009 with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. has 326 recorded starts as crew chief, earning 28 wins, 114 top-5’s and 199 top-10 finishes over a span of 19 years.  During his decorated career, Ren has worked in all three NASCAR Touring Series with drivers such as Ricky Craven, Denny Hamlin, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ward Burton, Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick to name a few.

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Track: Pocono Raceway

Race: Pocono Mountains 150 60-Laps/150 Miles (NCWTS Event 12 of 23)

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Broadcast Information: 1PM EST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS

Practice: Friday, July 29

  • First Practice: 12:30PM-1:55PM  Live on FS1
  • Final Practice: 3:00PM-3:55PM Live on FS1

NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying:

  • Saturday, July 30 Live on Fox Sports 1

Pocono Raceway Specifications:
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval

Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees; turn 2: 8 degrees; turn 3: 6 degrees;

Straights: Front – 3740 feet; Long Pond (between turns 1 and 2) – 3055 feet; North (between turns 2 and 3) – 1780 feet
Three Different Turns at Pocono:

Turn One is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway

Turn Two is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Turn Three is similar to The Milwaukee Mile

 

Follow Austin Wayne Self on Social Media: 

Be sure to follow Austin on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/AustinWSelf, on twitter at @AustinWSelf and Instagram  @AustinWayneSelf.  You can also visit AWSracing.com.

Austin Wayne Self Earns 10th Top-10 Finish of 2015, Moves Into Second Place in Championship Points Race

Pocono (Mooresville, NC, August 3, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports earned his 10th top-10 of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season at the Pocono Raceway, Saturday afternoon. Self finished a career best seventh in four starts at the Pocono Raceway.

“Seventh isn’t the finish we wanted to leave Pocono with,” Self said after the 50 lap event. “We had a great strategy pitting under the first caution. Unfortunately the caution came out with 20 laps remaining and that changed our hand.”

“We were able to avoid the big accident on lap one and come away with a top-10 finish.”

“Big picture wise it was a great day, we moved into second in points. I’m looking forward to heading back to another short track next weekend at Berlin.”

Friday afternoon in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell Self timed in ninth quickest for the 50 lap event on Saturday.

When the green flag waved at Pocono mayhem quickly followed on the first lap. Several of the front running cars were involved in an accident in turn two. Self was able to maneuver the No. 98 through the carnage unscathed.

Pocono_1Crew chief Danny Johnson brought Self down pit-road under the caution for fuel only. Self would restart in the 18th position. Two laps after the lap nine restart Self worked his way back into the top-10 in the eighth position.

Self continued to work his way through the field and moved back into the top-five at lap 18. Self would race his way into the third position until the second and final caution of the afternoon waved at lap 27 for debris.

Self would bring his No. 98 car down pit-road one final time for four Hoosier tires and fuel. Self would pass two cars during the final three laps to secure a seventh place finish and his 10th top-10 finish of the 2015 ARCA season.

With the finish Self moved into a tie for second place in ARCA championship points with Tommy Hessert. Self now trails point leader Grant Enfinger by 185 points with six races remaining in the 2015 schedule.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Berlin Raceway Saturday, August 8th beginning at 8:50 p.m. ET. The ARCA Radio Network will have a live audio call of the race at arcaracing.com. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

Follow Austin for race day and in-race updates as well as behind the scenes photos and videos:

Twitter: @AustinWSelf

www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf