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Austin Wayne Self | AM Racing Darlington Raceway May Preview

AM Racing | NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Darlington (S.C.) Raceway | Dead On Tools 200

No. 22 AM Racing Team - Driver: Austin Wayne Self - Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado RST

Primary Partner(s): AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN

Crew Chief: Ryan Salomon: Spotter: Tony Raines
 
2022 Driver Points Position: 17th | 2022 Owner Points Position: 22nd
 
AM Racing Chassis No. 109; previously raced at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 7, 2022 (Start: 22nd | Finish: 31st).  
 
Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies

Getting Back On Track: Six races into the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, AM Racing and driver Austin Wayne Self are looking to back up their solid pace from 2021.
 
After picking up back-to-back top-10 finishes at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway and at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, the team has endured three straight difficult races at Circuit of the Americas and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt Track during the month of April.
 
The team returns to Darlington (S.C.) Raceway hoping the seventh race of the season offers a resurgence to their 2022 schedule after finishing in the top-10 last May at the historic South Carolina race track. 

Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington kicks off an eight-week consecutive stretch of races for the tour. During the month of May, the Truck Series will compete at Darlington, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. In June, the series treks to World Wide Technology (Ill.) Raceway at Gateway, Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, Knoxville Raceway and concludes the campaign at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway on June 24th. By the end of the stretch, the Truck Series will have completed 14 of its 23 races in 2022.
 
New Look Returning: The AM Racing team will continue its new look with their No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado. Instead of their traditional red and white paint scheme, the team unveiled a red, white and blue livery for the organization’s seventh season of competition. 
 
AM Racing x2: AM Racing successfully launched their second part-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in March with Late Model standout Logan Bearden. The No. 37 team will return to the race track later this month at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the N.C. Education Lottery 200 where the AM Racing driver will attempt to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut.
 
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Darlington Raceway Stats: Friday night’s Dead On Tools 200 will mark Self’s fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the unique 1.366-mile race track. In his previous three starts, Self has finished a track-best ninth in the spring of 2021 after starting a track-best 12th.  He has completed 446 of the 446 laps available for a 100 percent lap completion.
 
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Speedway Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a speedway, Self has made 76 starts throughout his career with eight top-10 finishes, while also carrying an average finishing position of 18.4.
 
Entering Darlington, Self sits 17th in the championship standings. 62 points separate Self from 10th in the championship standings currently held by Matt Crafton with 17 races remaining this season. 164 points separate Self from first in the championship standings occupied by reigning Truck Series champion Ben Rhodes.  AM Racing’s No. 22 team secures 22nd in the Truck Series owner standings.
 
Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt Track | Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Self-made his 135th career Truck Series start.
 
After starting 11th based on the outcome of the heat races, Self-maintained a top-15 pace with his No. 22 AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN Chevrolet Silverado, however, while attempting to pass Matt DiBenedetto for position, the two trucks became connected and would not dislodge. The contact forced a caution with the two trucks stopped on the track attached to each other. Seven laps would pass before the two trucks became separated with Self returning to the race and settling for a disappointing 36th place finish.
 
Calling the Shots: Ryan Salomon will continue to lead Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team in 2022, including at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.  This weekend marks his 3 2nd 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 17.4 during 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons respectively.
 
Career Rundown: Since 2016, Self has competed in 135 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, delivering two top-five and 15 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 18.5.

Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes on Darlington Raceway: “I have always enjoyed competing at Darlington Raceway. It is one of the most demanding race tracks on the circuit, but I have overall done very well there. It’s a short practice on Friday before qualifying and then the race, but I’m hoping that the track time will be a benefit for us to dial in our No. 22 AM Technical Solutions | GO TEXAN Chevrolet Silverado RST and contend for our third top-10 finish of the year on Friday night.”

On 2022 Season: “We had a great first three races to the 2022 Truck Series season but have suffered bad luck the last three races at COTA, Martinsville and the Bristol Dirt. Our team is a lot better than our finishes and we must bounce back if we want to have any shot at maybe making the Playoffs this summer. We will work hard and perhaps with our finish last spring; Darlington may be the best medicine to reenergize our season.”

The Dead On Tools 200 (147 laps | 200.1 miles) is the seventh of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2022 schedule. Practice begins on Fri. May 6, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:33 p.m. Qualifying will soon follow from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The 36-truck field will take the green flag later that night shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (ET).

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. 

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 2022 season.

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