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AUSTIN WAYNE SELF
Austin Wayne Self, driver of the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado competes in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series for Statesville, N.C.-based AM Racing.
The 2020 NGROTS season marks Self’s fifth year on tour.
While Self is still relatively a fresh face to NASCAR, he carries a long list of racing accomplishments under his belt. He amassed 45 starts in the ARCA Menards Series over three seasons, highlighted by one win (Winchester Speedway 2015), 13 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes.
To further compliment his on track-success, Self won the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year honors and finished runner-up in the championship standings a year later.
His freshman season in NASCAR featured a top-10 finish at Eldora Speedway on the dirt, while crafting his skill that led to a respectable second season.
In his second year of competition, Self started the year strong with a career-best second place finish at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. His continued on-track success included an additional top-10 finish on the stimulating road course of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
In all, the Austin, Texas native captured, one top-five, two top-10, eight top-15 and 13 top-20 finishes overall. Despite missing five races from February to Nov., Self still placed 15th overall in the championship standings driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports.
In 2018, Self ran the full Truck Series tour for Statesville, N.C-based Niece Motorsports. Leaving their mark as one of the most consistent teams on the tour, Self delivered one top-10 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway but negotiated 10 top-15 finishes and 18 top-20 finishes in 23 races overall. He finished a career-high 12th in the championship standings.
This past season, Self competed in 21 of the 23 races for his family-owned AM Racing team. The team flourished under the leadership of crew chief Eddie Troconis and was highlighted by a fifth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August. Additionally, the team garnished three top-10s overall with Self, a career-best. He finished a competitive 14th in the championship standings.
At the age of 4, what started out as a hobby quickly became a personal passion for Self and would later spark his career in Motorsports.
Today, the Texan has spent thousands of hours behind the wheel, moving up the ranks from karting to the ARCA East division and Whelen Series’; then onto the ARCA Menards Series and the top-three national divisions of NASCAR.
With his focus, determination and desire to deliver successful on-track results, Self has gained the support of many Texas-based companies including the Texas department of transportation’s Don’t mess with Texas initiative and programs which has allowed him to continue his foray in the sport for the 2020 season.
- 2014 ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year
- 2015 ARCA Menards Series second place championship honors
- 2017 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: Career-best second place finish at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway
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