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Apr 27

Austin Wayne Self Rallies to Top-5 Finish after Early Spin at Salem

Austin Wayne Self Rallies to Top-5 Finish after Early Spin at Salem

 (Mooresville, N.C., April 27, 2015--) It wasn’t quite a spin and win performance for the second year driver Austin Wayne Self at the Salem Speedway on Sunday. The 19-year-old driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM), mounted a charge through the field after a lap five spin to finish fifth at the historic half-mile track located in Salem, Indiana. The fifth place effort marked Self’s third straight top-5 finish in a row with MMM after four races in the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

                “I can’t begin to describe how proud I am of this entire MMM team,” Self said after the top-5 finish. “This team continues to impress me every week with their work ethic. We were fortunate not to have any damage after the lap five spin, it enabled us to work on the car for the remainder of the race. It was fun to put on a show for my family members in attendance, we had 40 friends and family members here this weekend. This finish gives us a lot of momentum heading into Talladega later in the week. I can’t wait to race at Talladega, it was my Superspeedway debut last year and we had a solid finish.”

All on-track activity was canceled on Saturday due to a persistent rain. The field would lineup by 2014 Owners points meaning Austin and the No. 98 team would start from the pole position for the Federated Auto Parts 200.

When the green flag waved on the 97th race at Salem Speedway Austin quickly slid into the second position until lap four when heading into turn one Austin lost power and was hit from behind, sending him spinning up the track. Luckily the 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year did not sustain any damage and was able to bring the car down pit-road to the attention of crew chief Matt Weber.

Over the course of the next 50 laps Austin was able to maneuver his No. 98 machine into the top-10 and even break back into the top-5 by lap 68. Self would run in the 5th position until a caution at lap 124 set up the afternoon’s final pit-stop. Self took four-tires, fuel and returned to the track in the fifth position.

Self would bring the No. 98 across the stripe in the fifth position for his third top-5 finish at the historic high banked half-mile track.  With the finish, Self moved into second place in drivers points only 95 markers behind leader Grant Enfinger.

The 19-year-old shares the lead in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge after three races. The next race for the Short Track Challenge is May 17th at the Toledo Speedway.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the International Motorsports 200 from the Talladega Superspeedway, Friday May 1st. Fox Sports 1 will have coverage of the race beginning at 6:00 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow, Mason and Austin on their personal twitter pages @themasonracin @AustinWSelf

 

Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship ARCA team/ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series development team based out of Mooresville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com