Determined to make their presence known in the second half of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) schedule, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his AM Racing team head to Chicagoland Speedway looking for a strong performance in Friday night’s Camping World 225.
Despite limited on-track time at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Self and crew chief Eddie Troconis overcame early race handling woes to preserve for a 17th-place finish.
With his sixth top-20 finish in the books after his ninth start of the season, Self, a native of Austin, Texas is determined to up the ante under the Windy City lights.
“It’s a bummer that we had limited track time at Gateway last weekend,” Self recalled. “I really felt that if we had more practice and been able to qualify – we probably would have had a better finish in our No. 22 GO TEXAN | Flying Circle Chevrolet.
“But, as still a relatively new group, I think race by race we’re making progress and we’re going to make our presence known.”
Self returns to Chicagoland Speedway with a hectic schedule. In addition to his Truck Series duties this week in Joliet, Self will make his ARCA Menards Series return in a collaborative effort between AM Racing and Win-Tron Racing.
For Self, he believes the extra track time will pay dividends in the 12th Truck Series race of the season.
“I’m ready to embrace a busy weekend at Chicagoland, actually, it’s going to be really fun,” said Self. “It’s been almost two years since I’ve been in an ARCA car and I know that the Win-Tron Racing guys are bringing me a fast race car.
“I hope I can apply some of that on-track time back to the Truck with Eddie (Troconis) and vice-versa. It would be really awesome to come out of Chicagoland with strong finishes in both series to carry us into the summer stretch.”
The 23-year-old has three prior Truck Series start at Chicagoland, earning a track-best 13th last year after starting 15th. He has finished no worse than 20th dating back to his first appearance in 2016.
In two ARCA starts at Chicagoland, he finished a track-best 12th after starting fourth in 2015.
“Chicago’s surface is pretty abrasive which presents opportunities for good racing,” added Self. “it’s important to make sure your truck is handling good over the bumps so that you can carry the speed you need into the corners.
"That’s our mission during practice on Thursday to make sure our truck is maneuvering through the bumps and seams so that I can drive it and carry it off into the corner.”
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, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the 12th race of the year.
In 72 NGOTS races, the 2014 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 15th in the championship standings with 12 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.
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For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.
Visit AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) online at amts.com.
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 Camping World 225 (150 laps | 225 miles) is the 12th of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs. Jun. 27 from 1:35 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. A second practice session is set for 3:35 p.m. – 4:25 p.m., while a third and final session has been etched in from 5:35 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Jun. 28 beginning at 4:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 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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