Austin Wayne Self, driver of the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Mooresville, N.C.-based AM Racing.
The 2019 NGTOS season marks Self’s fourth 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 Racing 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.
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.
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 NASCAR K&N division and Whelen Series’; then onto the ARCA Racing 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 which has allowed him to continue his foray in the sport for the 2019 season.
Austin’s journey started at the Hill Country Kart Club, in New Braunfels, Texas where between the ages of 4-6 he competed and won several championships.
At Age 7, the Iron Rock Raceway was built in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Austin and his Dad became charter members of the Karting club to compete for the Southwest Regional Cup. After spending 3-4 years traveling throughout Austin, Katy, Denton, San Antonio and Oklahoma, and winning numerous championships, Austin and his Dad decided to approach Karting as more of a career and to compete in national circuits.
Between the ages of 11-14, Austin started traveling across the United States competing in the Florida Winter Tour, the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup, Super Nationals and other national and international Karting series.
During those years, Austin won several regional and national Karting championships including 11 WKA National Cups, the WKA Grand National Championship, the TAG World Championship and the Rock Island Grand Prix Championship.
In 2010, Austin accomplished two goals that make him very proud. He won the Florida Winter Tour Championship and finished 3rd in the Super Nationals in Las Vegas. While a 3rd place finish may not sound impressive, it is significant because it was the highest finish ever accomplished by an American in that competition.
His passion for NASCAR became stronger as he saw other kart drivers successfully making the transition from Karts to stock cars. Austin and his Dad began to research opportunities for him to drive in a Late Model divisions.
In 2010, they found Thunderhill Raceway (THR) in Kyle, Texas and at the age of 14, Austin was certified by track owner Mary Ann Naumann to drive in the TSRS Late Model division.
During the 2010 season, Austin won 3 TSRS Late Model races, placed 3rd overall in points and won the Rookie of the Year award. He was fortunate to work with a veteran crew, and learned a lot about his car and what it takes to win on a 3/8-mile, asphalt oval track. Austin’s team also won the Best Looking Team award, for having the best-looking brand and overall car appearance. The season was considered a success, and Austin’s hunger to continue his journey to NASCAR Sprint Cup grew even stronger.
Fortunately for Austin, there would be two more significant milestones in the next 6 months that would bring him closer to his ultimate goal.
In late 2010, THR became certified as a NASCAR Home Track, and would race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Now Austin would begin his journey in NASCAR and have the ability to accumulate points and compete for Regional and National NASCAR Championships. Another major milestone occurred in early 2011 when NASCAR lowered the age limit from 16 to 15 for its Pro Modified class. That rule change made it possible for Austin to also compete in the NASCAR Pro Modified Division at THR.
On Saturday, March 5th, opening night of the 2011 season and Austin’s 15th birthday, Austin raced in both the Pro Modified and Late Model Divisions at THR in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. With less than 75 practice laps under his belt, he achieved a 2nd place finish in the Pro Modified class. And even more impressive, less than 30 minutes later, he jumped into his 07 Late Model car and recorded took the Checkered Flag and celebrated in Victory Lane.
It was a wonderful birthday present, and the first step in his NASCAR journey. Austin’s passion to win, his drive to become a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and his ability to compete will make him an exciting driver to watch for years to come.
In October 2011, Austin signed to compete in 27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races with Sellers Racing, widely regarded as the nation’s top Late Model team.Austin Wayne Self and Sport Clips Haircuts 07 Chevrolet
Austin gained valuable experience with the Sellers team at some of the country’s top Late Model tracks, such as Motor Mile, South Boston Speedway, Langley, Caraway, Richmond, and Southern National. Week-in and week-out Austin faced the nation’s top Late Model drivers and battled for position on hundreds of laps.
The highlight of the season was earning an invitation to compete in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Speedway. After starting the race 27th, Austin finished in 19th place. This against NASCAR Sprint Cup superstars like Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton.
In 2013 he proved himself to be a true contender, accumulating seat time through determined perseverance Austin Wayne Self turned heads across America. AWS showed potential and results, his desire and innate talent rivaled veterans of the sport. In 24 races he achieved 10 top 5 finishes and 14 top 10 finishes with starts in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, NASCAR K&N Prodriving-dream-slider East, ARCA Menards Series, ARCA CRA Series and the SuperNational Karting Series. Austin Wayne Self earned respect and multiple accolades throughout the 2013 year. A 2nd place finish in only his second ARCA Racing Series appearance, became a standout performance earning him a SCOTT Rookie Challenge Award. Industry insiders have frequently compared Austin Wayne Self’s driving style to that of Jimmie Johnson’s. Calculated, mature, competitive, and talented have all been characteristics demonstrated by this driver. At the conclusion of his 2013 racing schedule Austin Wayne Self officially signed a full ARCA series agreement with Cunningham Motorsports for 2014. Cunningham Motorsports is the primary driver development team for Penske Racing.
Austin Wayne Self competed in his first full ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2014 for Cunningham Motorsports. Self piloted the No. 22 Dodge with Chad Bryant serving as his crew chief. Austin Wayne Self also raced in as many Pro Late model races at his home track in Kyle, Texas as he could. With 5 top 5 finishes and 13 top 10’s in his ARCA racing season, Self racked up his Rookie Challenge points and no one could catch him (or even come close). Austin was awarded the title of Rookie of the Year for the 2014 season.
The end of the 2014 season also marked some new changes for Self and his racing career. In December, at the PRI Show in Indianapolis, IN Self announced that he would be signing with Mason Mitchell Motorsports for the 2015 ARCA racing season. MMM driver Mason Mitchell took the ARCA Championship in 2014. As former Champions, the team felt that they could compete for their second consecutive championship with the right driver. Self’s proven talent and Rookie of the Year accomplishment made him their most attractive prospect. Self also believed that a team of their caliber would be the best opportunity for him in order to compete for his first championship.