Austin Wayne Self
Niece Motorsports
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The young driver just completed his fourth season in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Self performed admirably in the Niece Motorsports No. 22 Chevrolet. He nabbed a career-best three Top-10 finishes during the campaign and wound up a respectable 14th-place in the final driver points. He'll be expected to take additional steps in the upcoming season. Self will once again be paired with crew chief, Eddie Troconis. The two labored at times last year, but finished the season on a good note of consistency. With Niece putting good trucks in Self's hands, the expectations will rise accordingly. Niece showed race-winning potential last year with their No. 45 entry and driver Ross Chastain. That pressure to perform will continue to mount on Self. Read Past Outlooks
Reinstated by NASCAR
Gander Outdoors Truck
April 30, 2019
NASCAR on Tuesday lifted the suspension of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Self, who has successfully completed NASCAR's Road to Recovery Program after a violation of the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy, reports.
This is good news for the 23-year-old driver as he looks to continue and complete his truck series season for Niece Motorsports. Self has completed the substance abuse recovery protocol and will end his month-long suspension effective immediately. It has yet to be announced if Self will be driving the No. 22 Chevy truck at Dover this weekend.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The youngster will be starting his fourth truck series season in 2019. Self spent last year getting this No. 22 team off the ground and established. He collected just one Top-10 and 10 Top-15 finishes in the campaign. It is expected that Self will be back at the wheel of the No. 22 Niece Chevy Silverado again in the upcoming campaign. He should be paired with crew chief Arthur Haire, who served the position down the stretch run last season. The duo seemed to click as Self grabbed some of his best finishes after mid-season. They aren't going to set the world on fire, but the duo should be improved in season two together.
Details are still pretty sketchy on this race team, but it appears to be coming together. Self has been named to one of Niece Motorsports' entries, but no number, crew chief or sponsors have been named as of this writing. Self battled through an 18-start slate with multiple teams in 2017 that saw him crack the Top 10 only twice and pile up six DNF's. He's hoping for more continuity and team stability as he races in the upcoming season. With so many questions still remaining about this team, it's difficult to project potential success.
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Suspended for failed drug test
Gander Outdoors Truck
April 1, 2019
Self has been suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR's substance-abuse policy, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Daytona
Camping World Truck
February 24, 2017
Self finished second in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway Friday night.
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Austin Wayne Self: Rookie Campaign in 2016
Camping World Truck
January 27, 2016
Self roars into his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016 with strong support from a circle of Texas-based companies led by AM Technical Solutions, who announced their return as a primary sponsor for Self, AM Racing PR reports.
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