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Austin Wayne Self Riding Wave of Momentum into Iowa

Austin Wayne Self Riding Wave of Momentum into Iowa

by July 17, 2015 0 comments

NEWTON, Iowa — Shaking the monkey off of his back at Winchester Speedway in late-June with his first-ever win in the ARCA Racing Series in his 36th career series start, Austin Wayne Self has his sights set on win number two in tonight’s #ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway.

Finally entering his name into ARCA’s record books as a race winner in the series, Self, 19, is glad to finally shed his winless streak and enters this weekend’s race with a heap of momentum on his side.

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“It feels really good,” Self told The Fourth Turn on Thursday. “I felt like the last five races we were knocking on the door … To finally be able to get it and be able to win for Mason Mitchell Motorsports is really cool. I think we’ve got a lot of momentum now.

“I talked to Mason [Mitchell, teammate and owner] a little bit after the win and he felt the same way when he won his first race at Chicagoland [2014.] Now that we’ve got the first one … I’m just excited. We’ve both got two really good race cars here for Iowa and I think we can do it again.”

Now that he has his first win under his belt, the Austin, Texas native feels that the path to claiming future wins should be easier with the pressure of grabbing his first now off his shoulders.

“The first one’s always the hardest,” Self remarked. “Those last few laps seemed like the longest laps of the whole race. Now, I kind of know what it takes to win and drive into victory lane.

“I think there’s a little bit less pressure now that we’re going for a second and third win and we’ve got nine races left. I’m just excited that we’ve got more chances to get more Ws.”

Heading into what could be considered a home weekend for Mason Mitchell Motorsports with its owner, defending series champion Mitchell, hailing from West Des Moines, Iowa – one would think that there would be added pressure on Self’s shoulders to perform.

But, Self, the current leader of ARCA’s Calypso Short Track Challenge championship, says quite the opposite and states that he’s feeling less pressure considering the amount of preparation that went into this weekend.

“I think it’s less pressure with Mason being home,” Self stated. “Of course, he gets to perform in front of his home crowd. This is a race that he’s been looking forward to all year and that’s definitely something that he’s been talking about. I think we’ve all been prepared for this.

“I’m excited to get to drive the No. 98 car here. I know these guys have been working real hard getting our race cars fast. I don’t think there’s any more pressure on me, but I definitely get a sense of wanting to do a lot better and perform and give it 100-percent.”

The #ThisIsMySpeedway150 will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 tonight at 8:00 p.m CT.

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PHOTO CREDIT: ARCARacing.com

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