AM Racing | NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway | Bucked Up 200
No. 22 AM Racing Team:
Driver: Austin Wayne Self
Primary Partner(s): AIRBOX Air Purifier
Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado
Crew Chief: Ryan Salomon
2021 Driver Points Position: 12th | 2021 Owner Points Position: 16th
Bucked Up 200 Starting Position: 12th (Based on event formula)
Chassis Intel: AMR Chassis No. 116; competed last at Texas Motor Speedway on October 25, 2020 (Start: 18th | Finish: Seventh)
Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies
Notes of Interest:
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AIRBOX Air Purifier returns to the team after partnering with Self for two races in 2020 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, respectively.
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Las Vegas Motor Speedway Stats: Austin, Texas native Austin Wayne Self will make his ninth career Truck Series start at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway this weekend.
In his previous eight outings at the 1.5-mile speedway, he earned a track-best of ninth in the fall race of 2018. Last season, he finished 17th and 24th respectively.
Since 2016, he carries an average finish at Las Vegas of 17.4 and has completed 1,078 of 1,106 available for a 97.5 percent lap completion.
Happy Birthday Austin!: Austin Wayne Self will celebrate his 25th birthday during Friday night’s Bucked Up 200 and is eyeing his 10th career top-10 finish as the perfect birthday present.
Daytona Road Course | BrakeBest Brake Pads 159 Race Recap: In a chaotic second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season, Austin Wayne Self was able to overcome a series of late-race hiccups to earn a top-15 place finish in the BrakeBest Brake Pads 159 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course.
After starting 14th, Self maintained a pace inside the top-15 throughout the first two stages of the race and despite being punted late in the race, Self was able to roar back through the field in NASCAR overtime to finish 15th for a season-high 2021 finish.
To The Point(s): Entering the Daytona International Speedway Road Course, Self sits 12th in the championship standings tied with 10th and 11th place drivers Ryan Truex and Todd Gilliland at 45 points apiece.
Just 10 points separate Self from sixth in the championship standings currently held by Carson Hocevar with 20 races remaining this season.
AM Racing also secures 16th in the NCWTS owner standings.
He’s Back!: Ryan Salomon who joined the AM Racing team as crew chief last October at Kansas Speedway will continue to lead the Statesville, N.C.-based team as crew chief of the No. 22 AIRBOX Air Purifier Chevrolet Silverado in 2021.
In his four races as crew chief for Self last year, he guided the Austin, Texas native to two top-10s and four top-20 efforts and carrying an average finish of 13.75 in the final stint of the 2020 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Career Rundown: Since 2016, Self has competed in 109 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, delivering two top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings in 2018.
On speedways larger than one-mile, Self has 63 NCWTS starts with three top-10s and an average finish of 19th.
He has five Truck Series road course starts to his credit with one top-10 and an average finish of 14th.
I Do….: During the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series off-season, Austin Wayne Self married longtime girlfriend Jennifer Anderson, sister of fellow NASCAR Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series driver Jordan Anderson in December 2020.
Lineup: In addition to AIRBOX Air Purifier, GO TEXAN and AM Technical Solutions continuing their roles as the primary marketing partner for Self in 2021, the AM Racing team will also receive support from Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle, and Kreuz Market.
Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes:
On Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway: “I always enjoy competing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I’ve had several good performances there even if we don’t necessarily have the finishes to show for that.
“We’re bringing the truck that we ran in the top-10 with last fall at Texas Motor Speedway and Ryan did a great job with the setup and working on the truck throughout the race. I’m excited to see what we can do with this truck on Friday night.”
On Daytona (Fla.) international Speedway RC Finish: “Man, what an up and down night for our AM Racing team. I’m really proud of everything that we overcame. Everyone did a great job and we had a fast truck and even finished fourth in Stage 2.
“Near the end of the race, it became very hectic and I got booted twice which forced us to come from the back of the field both times. We managed to go from 29th to 15th in that final sprint to the finish.
“Even though it wasn’t a top-10, I think we showed everyone we have a lot of speed in our trucks and that we’re going to be contenders throughout the year.
“I’m looking forward to Las Vegas.”
On 2021 Season After Two Races: “I’m really proud of my AM Racing team. I know it has only been two races so far in 2021, but I think we have shown that we have it what it takes to be contenders this season.
“We showed speed in our trucks at Daytona and on the Road Course of Daytona. It’s going to be important to continue to showcase our ability this weekend at Las Vegas.
“I would love to leave Las Vegas on Friday night with a top-10 finish and a positive outlook to Atlanta Motor Speedway in a few weeks.”
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The Bucked Up 200 (134 laps | 201 miles) is the third of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-truck field will take the green flag on Fri., Mar. 5, 2021 shortly after 6:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. ET) with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.