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May 03

Austin Wayne Self Finishes 32nd after Late Race Incident at Talladega

Austin Wayne Self Finishes 32nd after Late Race Incident at Talladega

 

 (Mooresville, N.C., May 3, 2015--) Austin Wayne Self, driver of the No. 98  Pirate Energy, AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) put himself in a position near the front of the field in the closing stages of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at the Talladega Superspeedway. With 25 laps to go trouble found the second year driver coming through the tri-oval. Self and another car were sent spinning. The incident ended self’s streak of three straight top-five finishes with MMM.


“We had another solid run going in our No. 98 until the late incident,” Self stated. “We had a plan and stuck to it all day. We were quickest in practice and had a great qualifying effort. The intensity was really starting to raise with 30 laps to go.”

“I take responsibility for the incident. I hate it for all of our guys on this MMM team because they worked so hard to prepare this car. I am also glad that Brad Smith was ok as well. MMM was strong at Toledo last year, and I know they’re expecting the same performance in two week’s time.”

2014 ARCA Champion and Team Owner Mason Mitchell was pleased with Self’s weekend as a whole overall.

“Everyone at MMM prepared a great Superspeedway car for AWS,” Mitchell stated. “The weekend started off great being the fastest car in practice and qualifying fourth. Austin did a great job in the race sticking to our plan and staying calm.”

“Unfortunately we got caught up in a late race incident and it caused us to end our day early. We will go back to the shop and work endlessly to prepare for Toledo. We had a lot of success at Toledo last year.”

Self qualified the No. 98 in the fourth position Friday afternoon in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell. Self turned a lap of 51.229 good enough for 186.998 MPH.

When the green flag waved on the fifth race of the 2015 ARCA season Self quickly latched on to Tom Hessert’s back bumper and pushed him into the lead at lap 18.

The drivers running in the top-five broke away from Austin and the second pack by two seconds at lap 30. Self was content to race single file with ten time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel pushing him. The afternoon’s first caution waved at lap 43.

Crew chief Matt Weber elected to bring Self down pit-road for fuel only, the No. 98 team sent Self back out in the seventh position.

With 25 laps to go trouble struck the second year driver and MMM. Self and another car were involved in an incident in the tri-oval with both cars making heavy contact with one another. Self’s day would come to an end 25 laps short of the finish. The second year driver would suffer his first DNF of the 2015 season by finishing 32nd.

Self fell to fourth in ARCA championship points 115 behind leader Grant Enfinger heading into the off weekend.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 200 presented by Federated Care Car, Sunday May 17th. The race will be broadcasted live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 2:00 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

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Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is owned by 2014 ARCA Racing Series Champion Mason Mitchell. Mitchell is concentrating on furthering his championship racing career, in hopes that a top NASCAR XFINITY Racing Series team will pick him up in the future as a development driver. Mitchell also oversees the day-to-day operations of MMM, a championship ARCA and NASCAR development team based in Mooresville North Carolina http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com