With the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series back from a spring break sabbatical, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf), driver of the No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado heads to Dover (Del.) International Speedway eyeing his second top-10 finish of the season in Friday afternoon’s JEGS 200.
Self, 22 returns to the “Monster Mile” set to make his third career Gander Outdoors Truck Series start at the famed one-mile oval but more importantly hopes to better his 15th place finish he earned last year.
“Glad to get back to racing and to drive our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado Friday afternoon at Dover,” said Self.
“I love Dover. It’s a cool race track with a lot of banking but it’s a place where I feel like you have to be aggressive in order to have a good finish.
“I’m looking forward to working with my crew chief Eddie (Troconis) and see if we can put ourselves in contention for our second top-10 run of the year.”
Being a nearly five-week hiatus from Texas Motor Speedway to Dover, Self says his AM Racing team has been able to work hard in the race shop prepping trucks ahead of the grueling summer stretch – but the Austin, Texas native says the downtime has allowed his Mooresville, N.C-based team to play catchup with the intent to enhance their on-track product.
“We’ve been busy,” Self said. “When you have four races to start the year almost back-to-back, it didn’t allow us a lot of time to work on our trucks to get better. The “spring break” did that for us.
I feel like we’ve gotten caught up and I’m really excited to roll out some of these trucks to see what we can do.”
Despite missing two races, Self sits 18th in the series standings and while facing a deficit, Self believes he has the team and equipment to allow him to fight back into the top-15 in the championship standings.
“There’s still a long ways to go in the season and our team has a lot to be proud of,” offered Self. “We’ve shown that we have speed and that we have the capabilities of running inside the top-10 on a regular basis, we just have to keep plugging away and we’ll produce the finishes I know we’re capable of.”
The Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 67th career 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.
Don’t mess with Texas, Abbie Gregg Inc., CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the sixth race of the year.
In 66 NGOTS races, the 2015 ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and five top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.2 during his three years of competition.
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The JEGS 200 (200 laps| 200 miles) is the sixth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., May 2 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:05 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., May 3 beginning at 1:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 5:00 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).
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