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NickHolt posted a topic in Announcements, Press Releases, and ResultsCory Roper – No. 04 CarQuest Auto Parts Ford F-150 Preview Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway No. 04 CarQuest Auto Parts News and Notes · Return to Nashville: The 2021 Running of the Rackley Roofing 200 will be the first NASCAR sanctioned race at the Nashville Superspeedway since 2011. · Texas Rodeo: Texas Motor Speedway was a solid race for the Roper Racing team. The 18th place finish was the team's best result at a mile and a half track in 2021. The team hopes this momentum will carry into the upcoming summer stretch. · Tune in: Roper Racing and CarQuest Auto Parts are excited to be a part of this historic weekend. Tune in on June 18th at 8:00 ET on FS1. From the Driver’s Seat: Cory Roper: “Nashville is a new track for us and everyone else so I’m really looking forward to it. Going to new race tracks is always a good thing. We found some speed at Texas so we’re looking to keep building on our mile and a half package. Shane and the guys have done a really good job finding speed at these fast intermediate tracks. We’re going with CarQuest on the truck again so hoping to have another solid run for everyone at CarQuest.” From the Pit Box: Shane Whitbeck: “ It has been a long time since we raced at Nashville. I believe 2011 was the last truck race there. I like this track a lot and we are going to be able to race JJ- our truck from Texas one more time. So I’m hoping we can build on that 18th place finish, and get practice. It’s nice to go to the track and have a practice session to get Cory some laps, especially on a track we’ve never seen before. I am grateful for the effort it has taken to be able to turn a truck around in the short time we have.” Roper 2021 Camping World Truck Series Stats Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish 9 0 1 1 0 0 25.6 27.1 Roper Career Camping World Truck Series Stats Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish 35 0 1 2 0 0 23 23.4 About Roper Racing Roper Racing Team Headquarters is located in Mont Belvieu, Texas, just outside of Houston, where they field the No. 04 Ford F-150 truck. The core of the team has been together with Cory Roper for many years. Part of the success of the team comes from the dedication of many friends and family members. After working all day at their full-time jobs, they commit to working late nights at the race shop. The 2021 season will be the 4th year for the team. Cory Roper serves not only as the driver but the owner of the team as well. Roper’s lifelong dream had been to drive in NASCAR. For more information go to roperracingteam.com
Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing set for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway | Rackley Roofing 200 No. 22 AM Racing Team: Driver: Austin Wayne Self Primary Partner(s): GO TEXAN | At Home Concert Experience | AM Technical Solutions Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado Crew Chief: Ryan Salomon Spotter: Tony Raines 2021 Driver Points Position: 13th | 2021 Owner Points Position: 15th Chassis Intel: AM Racing Chassis No. 107; previously raced at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on August 30, 2020 (Start: 20th | Finish: 30th). Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies Notes of Interest: Open The Gates: For the first time since 2011, NASCAR returns to the Music City area and specifically Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. The 1.33-mile concrete oval hosted at least one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from 2001 to 2011. Only five of the 43 drivers entered for Friday night’s Rackley Roofing 200 have prior experience at the Lebanon, Tenn.-based track. Nashville Superspeedway is located approximately 36 miles east of downtown Nashville. Race Information: The Rackley Roofing 200 (150 laps | 199.5 miles) is the 12th of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Jun. 18, 2021, from 10:05 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:05 p.m. The 36-truck field will take the green flag that night shortly after 7:00 p.m. CT (8:00 p.m. ET) with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (CT). Texas Pride: Two Texas-based companies will return as the primary partners for Austin Wayne Self this weekend at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. 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 12th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race of the season. Welcome Aboard: This weekend at Nashville, AM Racing welcomes the At Home Concert Experience powered by Soldiers for Faith. 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. 11 races into the season, the team hasn’t finished worse than 23rd and maintains an average finish of 15.9 entering the Rackley Roofing 200. Self’s current 13th 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. How Did She Do? Last week before Austin Wayne Self competed at Texas Motor Speedway, his wife Jennifer Self competed in the return of the Better Half Dash as a virtual event in collaboration with iRacing. The Better Half iRacing Dash features the women of NASCAR, highlighting their contributions to the sport and allowing them to raise money for charity. Partaking in the virtual Texas Motor Speedway and competing in a Legends Car, Self contended for a top-five finish in her No. 22 AIRBOX Air Purifier car but a late race incident relegated her to a sixth-place result. Self, the sister of fellow Truck Series driver Jordan Anderson was the 2017 winner of the seventh-annual Better Half Dash in a 25-lap Bandolero real life event on October 6 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Nashville Superspeedway Stats: Friday night’s Rackley Roofing 200 will mark Self’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the 1.33-mile Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Intermediate Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a speedway, Self has made 69 starts throughout his career with four top-10 finishes, while also carrying an average finishing position of 18.7. Texas Motor Speedway | SpeedyCash.com 220 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Austin Wayne Self made his 118th NCWTS start. Starting 13th 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 15th at the checkered flag. 11 races complete, Self and his Statesville, N.C.-based AM Racing have two top-10s, five top-15s, nine top-20s and 11 top-23 finishes. To The Point(s): Entering Texas, Self sits 13th in the championship standings with 244 points earned but lost one spot following the SpeedyCash.com 200. Just 45 points separate Self from 10th in the championship standings currently held by Carson Hocevar and 98 points in the arrears from fifth locked by Zane Smith with 11 races remaining this season. In the race for a Playoff spot, Self is just eight points from the cutoff currently held by Chandler Smith. AM Racing also secures 15th 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 Nashville. This weekend marks his 15th 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 15.3 during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, respectively. Career Rundown: Since 2016, Self has competed in 118 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 18.3. 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. Follow on Social Media: For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf. For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR. Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes: On Nashville Superspeedway: “As a team, we are really focused on Nashville. We are bringing a truck we haven’t raced in almost a year, but it was really fast at Gateway last August. "We know that time is running out to put ourselves above the cutoff spot in terms of the Playoffs, but it won’t be from lack of effort from everyone on this AM Racing team. “With some luck, I think we can easily contend for a top-10 finish on Friday night at Nashville and that’s our goal.” On Texas Motor Speedway: “It was a decent day for the AM Racing team. We struggled with the balance of our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado, but Ryan (Salomon, crew chief) did a great job making adjustments throughout the race that our truck was the best at the end of the race. “We’re on the cusp of making it into the Playoffs. We will continue to work hard and hope for the best at Nashville.” On 2021 Season: “We are right there on the cusp of making the Truck Series Playoffs. It’s going to take a lot of work, but we have made great progress so far during the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. “We’ve been very solid to the start of 2021; we just need to keep after it and hope we’re able to produce more of the same or even bigger results into the upcoming crucial summer stretch.” About AM Racing: AM Racing is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team headquartered in Statesville, N.C. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self as its driver for the 2021 season.