By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
After earning his best career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish in the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, Austin Wayne Self has not made a Truck race since. At Atlanta Motor Speedway, his team, AM Racing, chose to withdraw to focus on Martinsville Speedway.
Unfortunately for Self, he was one of four that failed to qualify for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville. Now the Truck Series heads to Kansas Speedway for the Toyota Tundra 250 where Self will drive the No. 45 Niece Equipment/Precision Air Technology Chevrolet Silverado.
The Kansas Speedway race was not on AM Racing’s schedule.
In 23 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Self has one top five and two Top 10s. His first Top 10 came at Eldora Speedway in 2016.
Self also has 46 ARCA Racing Series starts. In those 46 starts he has one victory, 13 top fives, and 30 Top 10s.
In last year’s Truck race at Kansas, Self started 29th and finished 25th. He also has two starts in the ARCA at the 1.5-mile oval. In ARCA competition, Self has a best finish of 12th at Kansas.
Self expressed his appreciation the opportunity Niece Motorsports is giving him,
“I’m very appreciative for this opportunity to drive for Niece Motorsports. Thanks to Niece Equipment and Precision Air Technology, I’ve been given an opportunity to get in a truck and go out and earn a strong finish. I enjoy racing at Kansas Speedway and look forward to a flashy finish under the lights.”
Niece Motorsports team owner Al Niece expressed the team’s excitement for the Kansas Speedway race,
“Niece Motorsports is very excited to have Austin drive for us at Kansas Speedway. We’ve seen him drive at other tracks last year and we were very impressed. We are looking forward to having him in the truck at Kansas Speedway and maybe some more races down the road.”
Self, Niece, and the entire No. 45 team will now look to upset the competition at Kansas Speedway.