Race On Texas Joins in Supporting Texas Native Race Car Driver, Austin Wayne Self Following His Victory at Winchester Speedway

Race On Texas Joins In Supporting Texas Native Race Car Driver, Austin Wayne Self Following His Victory at Winchester Speedway

xlarge-660x400RaceOnTexas.com has joined in supporting Austinite/race car driver, Austin Wayne Self, for the remainder of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series race season and they couldn’t have picked a better time to do it. Self is coming off of his first ARCA career Win where he took all of his Texas-based sponsors and partners into the Victory Lane spotlight. The young driver has made a point of promoting Texas-based companies this year and is proud to add RaceOnTexas.com, a full service media organization dedicated to covering Texas short track racing, to his group of home state partners.

Self started his racing career competing at local tracks in Austin and surrounding cities. He began racing Karts at the age of five years old. After a successful Karting career winning several WKA National, WKA Grand National, TAG World and Iron Rock Grand Prix Championships around the U.S., Self graduated to Stock Car racing and returned home to Austin to ready himself for the next level of racing. At the age of 14 Self competed in his first stock car series in a Pro Late Model. blue-kart-WEBHe competed in two full seasons at Central Texas Speedway before signing with a nationally recognized team and moving up into national races. Now Self is competing in his first full ARCA Racing Series season. In 2014 Self was crowned ARCA SCOTT Rookie of the Year and is currently in the running for the 2015 ARCA Championship. When asked about the importance of teaming up with RaceOnTexas.com Self said,

“I get a lot of questions from fans about ways that they can get involved in racing. They love watching races, love cars and love to go fast so getting themselves into the seat and getting track time is a real goal for them. When you look back at my racing career history you’ll see that both my karting and stock car careers began at local racetracks. Instead of jumping in the truck or mini van to go to soccer games, we were driving to Central Texas Speedway, Iron Rock Raceway and other tracks nearby. Keeping these local tracks in the interest of fans is so important to the sport. I truly believe that without them (local tracks), I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now. Sites like RaceOnTexas.com are so important because they keep local tracks and drivers in the spotlight. They keep the sport alive, giving other young drivers like me a chance to compete and hone their skills. Everyone has to start somewhere. That’s why I’m so excited about partnering with these guys. They’re passionate and they’re making a difference in the Auto Racing world!”

RaceOnTexas_LogoAbout RaceOnTexas.com:
They are dedicated to covering Texas short track racing, from dirt to asphalt and everything in between. Their interests are geared towards fans, drivers and anyone who loves racing in the great state of Texas. They provide news, information, results, videos and photos for Texas race fans and are always striving to promote Texas racing in a creative and innovative way.

“RaceOnTexas.com is excited to partner with Austin Wayne Self. We are pairing the best racing website in Texas, with the best racer in the state. It just makes sense to showcase our website on his car.. It’s a great opportunity. We know the talent Austin has and look forward to the exposure his driving abilities will bring our brand. RaceOnTexas.com is a website dedicated to short track racing videos and live race broadcasts. Covering asphalt and dirt track racing across the state.”
Chris David- Editor In Chief

With local tracks like San Antonio Speedway and Houston Motorsports Park’s oval track closing their doors it’s crucial now more than ever to keep local tracks up and running, that means getting people excited and through the doors for race events. Texas could be the home of the next Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon or Joey Logano but every driver has to start somewhere. Support your local short tracks to keep racing alive in Texas!

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Austin Wayne Self Buckled In for a Week of Racing Across America

On Monday September 1st, as America celebrated Labor Day, the ARCA Racing Series revved their engines on the dirt track at DuQuoin.  To mark his second start on dirt Austin Wayne Self qualified the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge10th for the race. During the pace laps Austin Wayne Self was forced to move to the back of the pack due to changing their wheel position.“I was penalized before the race even started because I stopped to fix my steering wheel, they made me start last which was a major obstacle to overcome. Before we even got after it, we had already hit a roadblock. But every time I have to start from the back I look at it like a challenge, I like having to really race.”-AWS

IMG_3266By the first caution Austin Wayne Self was running P19. On the restart the 22 made an aggressive advance towards the front of the field scoring the 17 spot. By lap 40 AWS had entered the top 15. “We did a good job staying out of trouble. We struggled trying to get the car off the corner but I learned a lot. I was happy to bring the car home in one piece. I learned the fundamentals of dirt racing and how to drive it in the corner and keep the momentum in the corner. I gained a grasp of what it feels like to be running good on dirt when we were making passes but mistakes were made outside the car which hurt us.”

The 22 team worked through 6 pit stops during the 100 lap race. “During one of our pit stops the pit crew made some big mistakes, we put rounds in the right rear and we were a little bit tight and didn’t loosen up till the end of the race. During the actual pit stop the jackman started lifting and we fell off. That didn’t help us but we were confident we could race it out.”

With only 3 laps to go Austin Wayne Self raced the 22 into top 10 contention and maintained the run to the checkered flag.  “I was just happy the race was over, It was a hard race on everyone. I am ready to get back to Salem, get into the car for testing and definitely excited to get back to my home track.”-AWS

With another top 10 in the books Austin Wayne Self is currently P6 in season points standings, leading the Scotts Rookie Challenge, and has racked 12 top 10 finishes in the 2014 racing season. “I can’t thank AM Technical Solutions, or Cunningham Racing enough. We still have a few races left, and the goal is always set to get that first win- but what we have done so far this season is a major accomplishment.

“The race at DuQuoin went well, we started it out strong and considering we had to start from the back- it shows what a good car we had. Austin is learning, he is learning how to race these tracks and he’s learning how to handle this kind of racing. That was a major accomplishment, and he did a good job saving his equipment.” – Chad Bryant Crew Chief

IMG_3318On Wednesday September 3rd Austin Wayne Self spent the day at Kansas Motor Speedway with the 22 AMTS Cunningham Dodge team. Their focus was to test their race setup for the final race of the 2014 ARCA season. “This track is fast, it will be a good track to race side by side on. I think once we work on our setup we will be a factor come race day. I watched old races before we got here and I had an idea of what we needed to do. I got some advice from Tom (Hessert) and I just tried to not overthink it. This is a fast big track. At the bigger tracks we race at it’s important to point and direct the car right. We have to arc into the corner and cut down to the bottom of the track. We ran in the top 5 for the majority of the day during our test.  I started to feel the motion and the momentum.”-AWS

“The testing at Kansas was fair. You could see Austin got the hang of it, and we have put together a really strong car for that race. The field running from Cunningham Motorsports for that Kansas race will be dominant there’s no doubt about that.”- Chad Bryant Crew Chief

As if he weren’t in the car enough, Austin Wayne Self will gain even more seat time this weekend as he returns to the great state of Texas. AWS will race in the Late Model this weekend at his home track Central Texas Speedway.

“I like getting back to my roots! I can have fun and race hard. I don’t have to worry about anything when I’m out there it’s just about winning, no points no pressure. I can’t wait to get back out there.”

On Monday Austin Wayne Self will visit Salem Speedway for another ARCA series test. That will make for 4 tracks, in 4 states, in 8 days. Salem is one of Austin Wayne Self’s best tracks, with their highest performance record. “There are major changes on the horizon that we will have to adjust quickly to. These next few weeks are really busy and we are trying to focus on adjusting quicky and efficiently between these races and tests. This final push is training me to be in the best driving condition of my life, and I’m really thankful I get to do what I love every day.” –AWS

 “Salem is one of our best tracks, we should be a threat for a win and our testing will only help us get there.” – Chad Bryant

For live race weekend updates and for behind the scenes photos check out the Austin Wayne Self Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf and follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/AustinWSelf