Chalking up a solid return to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) last weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his AM Racing team carry the momentum of their on-track speed as the series treks to Kansas Speedway for Friday night’s Digital Ally 250.
Taming the Monster Mile, Self was on course for a top-10 finish – but a late race obstacle thwarted the team’s effort. Despite the team’s top-20 finish, the Mooresville, N.C.-based operation was encouraged by their efforts and hope to deliver Self’s second top-10 run of the year under the Kansas City lights.
“I’ve always enjoyed going to Kansas,” said Self. “It’s a traditional 1.5-mile race track with a lot of similarities to Kentucky Speedway – but historically Kansas has been one of my better intermediate tracks.
“I hope that continues Friday night.”
Of course, there’s plenty of motivation for Self to deliver a strong outing in the Land of Oz.
With family always being Self’s number one priority, Friday night’s seventh race of the season holds a little more sentimental value with this Sunday (May 12) being Mother’s Day and with Self’s mother JoAnn being a huge supporter front and center nearly every race weekend.
“I love having my family at the race track every weekend,” offered Self. “My mom and dad are there almost every weekend and offer a lot of encouragement and support through the good and bad. The moms in NASCAR make a lot of sacrifices including my mom – so a good run on Friday night will mean a little more for me and hopefully her too.”
Self, 23, will make his fourth NGOTS at Kansas and looks to better a 13th place finish which he earned last May. In addition to Trucks, Self has two additional starts in the ARCA Menards Series from 2014 – 2015.
“With Kansas being a one-day show, we can’t afford to leave anything on the table,” noted Self. “It’s important to make sure I’m working with Eddie (Troconis, crew chief) to make sure our balance during the day in practice and even qualifying will be transparent at night.
“That was the biggest thing for us last year. We were able to keep the speed up because our truck responded to the changing track conditions. At this point, I feel like we have a lot of speed and just want to keep moving in the right direction not only this weekend at Kansas but for the upcoming races too.”
The Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 68th career start.
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Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the seventh race of the year.
In 67 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.
The Austin, Texas native is nestled 18th in the championship standings with 17 races remaining.
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The Digital Ally 250 (167 laps| 250.5 miles) is the seventh of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., May 10 from 8:35 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. A final practice session is set for 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 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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