Approaching the halfway point of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his AM Racing team are encouraged by the direction of their team heading into Saturday night’s CarShield 200 presented by CK Power.
With the leadership of crew chief Eddie Troconis, the Mooresville, N.C.-based team has steadily proven they have fast Chevrolet Silverados and while obstacles have certainly hindered the team at times during the season, Gateway provides the opportunity for the team to collectively earn their second top-10 finish of the season.
“Gateway is a very unique race track with two different corners almost like a road course,” said Austin Wayne Self. “The hot conditions during the day and cool nights make the perfect setup hard to find but I look forward to getting to the track this weekend, finding some speed and having a good finish.”
Self, 23, has two prior starts at the 1.25-mile track just outside St. Louis. After experiencing hardship during his Gateway debut in 2016, he rebounded last year with a solid 16th place finish after starting 25th.
This weekend, Self believes he has the equipment to deliver his sixth-career top-10 finish.
“Eddie and I have done a lot of talking and I feel like we have a good baseline on where we want to be for practice and how we want to start the race,” Self added. “It’s going to be a game of strategy while also making sure our truck is handling pretty good where you can carry the momentum to make passes at both ends of the race track.
The track is wide enough in some places where passing can be easy, in others, it’s small enough where it can get you in trouble. That provides good racing though for the fans.”
For Gateway, AM Racing welcomes back Texas-based Flying Circle as the co-primary partner for Saturday night’s 160-lap slugfest.
As a trusted supplier of military specialty and travel bags to the U.S. Armed Forces for 30 years, Flying Circle’s mission is to provide service members and their families with dependable, functional, and versatile luggage. The company is known within the military community for their commitment to offering quality products at a fair value and excellent customer service.
Capitalizing on their partnership with AM Racing, Flying Circle is offering exclusive prize packages to service members and their family at select Army and Air Force Exchange Stores during the 2019 season.
“I love what Flying Circle does for the veterans and their families and I appreciate their support of AM Racing,” added Self. “We’ve had a lot of success with the giveaways and look forward to seeing their customers and our military heroes at the track with me this year.”
Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program will support Self in his 72nd 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.
AM Technical Solutions, Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the 11th race of the year.
In 71 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 18.3 during his three years of competition.
The Austin, Texas native is nestled 16th in the championship standings with 13 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.
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 CarShield 200 presented by CK Power (160 laps | 120 miles) is the 11th of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Sat., June 22 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 5:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 9:00 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 (Central).
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