AM Racing | NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Knoxville Raceway | Corn Belt 150
No. 22 AM Racing Team:
Driver: Austin Wayne Self
Primary Partner(s): GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions
Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado
Crew Chief: Ryan Salomon
Spotter: Tony Raines
2021 Driver Points Position: 14th | 2021 Owner Points Position: 16th
Chassis Intel: AMR Chassis No. 115; previously raced at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt on June 12, 2021 (Start: 17th | Finish: 10th).
Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies
Notes of Interest:
Taking Over: For the first time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history, the tour will visit Knoxville Raceway for Friday night’s Corn Belt 150.
The historic half-mile facility known as the “Sprint Car Capital Of The World” has been hosting racing events since 1901 – but will host its first NASCAR national series event nearly 120 years later.
Knoxville will serve as the second and final dirt race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.
Texas Pride: Two Texas-based companies will return as the primary partners for Austin Wayne Self this weekend at Knoxville Raceway.
The Statesville, N.C.-based team will sport the signage of GO TEXAN and AM Technical Solutions on the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for the 13th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race of the season.
GO TEXAN is a widely recognized brand. It represents a diverse collection of people, products and services that are genuinely Texan. Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.
Headquartered in Austin, TX, AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) was founded in 1994.
AM Technical Solutions is a Global Architecture, Engineering & Construction firm specializing in the high-tech markets. AMTS has managed over $20B of global capital projects for over 170 different customers in 24 countries and across five continents.
Career Year: Just past the halfway point of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing are enjoying a banner year.
13 races into the season, the team has only one finish worse than 23rd and maintains an average finish of 17.0 entering the Corn Belt 150.
Self’s current 14th place fitting in the championship standings is the highest he’s been this deep into the year. He is mirroring his 2018 Truck Series season where he finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings maintaining an average finishing position of 17.0.
Hey Teammate: For the first time since the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, AM Racing will field a second entry in competition.
On Tuesday, the Statesville, N.C.-based team announced that 2018 Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt will drive the No. 37 Concrete Supply | Destiny Homes Chevrolet Silverado.
AM Racing is exploring opportunities of expanding their operation for other select races in 2021 ahead of the 2022 NCWTS season.
Austin Wayne Self Truck Knoxville Raceway Stats: Friday night’s Corn Belt 150 presented by Premier Chevy Dealers will mark Self’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the 0.5-mile Knoxville Raceway.
This weekend, however, will be his second dirt NCWTS race of the season. In March, Self-finished 10th on the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt driving for AM Racing.
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Dirt Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a dirt track, Self has made four starts throughout his career with two top-10 finishes, while also carrying an average finishing position of 12.5.
Pocono Raceway | CRC Brakleen 150 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway, Austin Wayne Self-made his 120th NCWTS start.
Starting 21st based on the metrics set by NASCAR without practice or qualifying, Self-recovered from early race handling woes in his No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado to claim a solid 19th at the checkered flag.
13 races complete, Self and his Statesville, N.C.-based AM Racing have two top-10s, five top-15s, nine top-20s and 12 top-23 finishes.
To The Point(s): Entering Knoxville, Self sits 14th in the championship standings with 273 points earned and a loss of one position following the CRC Brakleen 150.
Just 62 points separate Self from 10th in the championship standings currently held by Carson Hocevar and 135 points in the arrears from fifth locked by Todd Gilliland with nine races remaining this season.
In the race for a Playoff spot, Self is 41 points from the cutoff currently held by Chandler Smith.
AM Racing also secures 16th in the NCWTS owner standings.
Calling the Shots: Ryan Salomon will continue to lead Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team this weekend at Pocono.
This weekend marks his 17th race as crew chief for Self and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. During his tenure, he guided Self to an average finish of 16.2 during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, respectively.
Career Rundown: Since 2016, Self has competed in 120 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, delivering two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings in 2018.
Spanning six years of Truck Series competition, he maintains an average finish of 18.4.
Did You Know? Austin Wayne Self and wife Jennifer have 16 chickens and a dog named Echo.
Lineup: In addition to GO TEXAN and AM Technical Solutions continuing their roles as the primary marketing partner for Self in 2021, the AM Racing team will also receive support from At Home Concert Experience, AIRBOX Air Purifier, Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle, and Kreuz Market.
Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes:
On Knoxville Raceway: “Very excited to get to Knoxville Raceway. I love racing on the dirt. It’s a blast, especially with a truck. We are bringing back the same No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado we earned a top-10 finish on the dirt earlier this year at Bristol and that has my confidence peaking.
“Just hope we can have a good night on Friday night and continue to turn heads in the garage.”
On Pocono Raceway: “It was an OK race for us. Nothing spectacular. We have some work to do though if we’re going to put ourselves and our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet into the Playoffs. We are running out of time and there are only two races left in the regular season.
“We will continue to work hard and fight, but do not be surprised if we attempt to throw a Hail Mary at Knoxville and | or Watkins Glen, it may be our only chance.”
On Teammate Brett Moffitt: “Thrilled to have Brett Moffitt as a teammate this weekend at Knoxville. He is a competitive race car driver and I know he brings a great wealth of knowledge, experience and drive to the AM Racing organization.
“Hopefully, we can rekindle what AM Racing did in 2017 at Daytona – when both AM Racing trucks finished inside the top-10 in the same race.”
On 2021 Season: “We have two races left to throw our team into the Playoff mix. It is not going to be easy, but we won’t be going down without a fight.
“We’ve been very solid to the start of 2021. We were able to rebound in our most recent race at Pocono, but we can’t stop there. We must push hard and stay humble and keep doing what we’ve been doing all year long.
“Playoffs or not, I’m proud of this AM Racing team.”
Visit AM Technical Solutions online at amts.com.
For more information on Don’t Mess With Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.
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The Corn Belt 150 presented by Premier Chevy Dealers (150 laps | 75 miles) is the 14th of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. The lone practice begins on Thurs., Jul. 8, 2021, at 6:05 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Qualifying heat races begin on race day, Fri. Jul. 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 40-truck field will take the green flag later that night shortly after 8:00 p.m. CT with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.