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

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Austin Wayne Self Rocks Dirt Track Debut at Illinois State Fairground and Increases His Lead for the ARCA Scott Rookie of the Year Title

Austin Wayne Self overcame obstacles, tackled the odds and fought adversity to nail down a top 10 finish in his first ever dirt track race in the ARCA series. Austin Wayne Self also earned himself a more than comfortable lead in the race for the 2014 ARCA Rookie of the Year title.

 “It’s cool to be so close to locking up the Scott Rookie of the Year Challenge- being rookie of the year would be a great honor and our team has worked really hard for this one!” -AWS

Dirt Track State FairAfter hitting the wall during practice the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge Team had to rally to prep a new car for the race. The odds proved to be in their favor and after starting 22nd the 22 car raced its way around the slick dirt track and came home with a top 10 finish.

“We struggled with getting the car back on track, we worked so hard to get back out there it looked like it was going to be an uphill battle, but once we got out there I had a blast! I really like that style of racing, dirt track racing just feels good and when I got the hang of it – it was so fun!” – AWS

 This weekend the ARCA series will race into Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin for 200 laps on the ½ mile paved oval.

“I’m really excited to get to another short track. Both our second place finishes we’ve scored our best this season. We have confidence stepping onto the track and that’s what you’re going to see. We will be a factor in this race.” -AWS

The race will air Live on CBS Sports at 3:00pm Eastern. 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

The 22 Carries Momentum With Their Second Top Three finish in Three Races

In 13 starts Austin Wayne Self has secured 9 top 10 finishes in the ARCA Racing Series. The 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge out of the Cunningham Motorsports Stable qualified 7th for the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway on August 9th and finished their day fighting for a win crossing the checkered second.

IMG_2987The team fought hard for all 200 laps. The 22 team developed a unique strategy to pit later in the race. This caused the team to fall back early on, then later in the race run on stickers making for a swift advance through the field.

“Chad setup a really great strategy for us… We outsmarted people. With a few more laps or a caution we would have had P1, I spun my tires on the restart but we secured a second place finish so that was a good points day for us. I like Berlin Raceway- you have to be up on the wheel the whole time, and I like how the track is.”-AWS

Between Berlin and their Illinois race the ARCA racing series will have a one week break. During that time Austin Wayne Self will be heading back to his home in Austin, Texas.

“I think the team is really going to appreciate this time off, they have been working super hard! We will use this time to rest, refocus and strategize for the final stretch of our season run- then we move onto Illinois.” – AWS

Crew chief for the 22 car Chad Bryant had this to stay following their Berlin Raceway effort, “Berlin was Another solid run by the 22 team on a short track. We had a shot to win and that is all we can ask for. It was an exciting race to be apart of and the team performed in all aspects.  I am proud of the team for there performance at Berlin.”

Next time you see the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge out on track will be August 17th for the Super Chevy Stores 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. This 100 mile sprint will be an all out mad dash for the checkered- this is one of two dirt tracks that the ARCA racing series will race on this season!

Chad Bryant also commented on strategy approaching Illinois, “Springfield is going to be another challenge for us.  Springfield is a dirt track and neither Austin or I have a lot of experience dirt racing.  We will rely on Paul Andrew’s past experience and success on the dirt to help us this weekend.  It’s nice to have a team-mate that has as much experience as Paul does to rely on for advice the weekend.”

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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!

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