AM Racing

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AM Racing
AM Racing (NASCAR).jpg
Owner(s)Tim Self
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Race drivers22. Austin Wayne Self, Darrell Wallace Jr.
Sponsors22. Don't mess with Texas, Go Texan, Superior Essex, AM Technical Solutions
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened2016
Career
Debut2016 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Latest race2019 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Races competed31
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories0
Pole positions0

AM Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The team, owned by Tim Self, currently fields the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado full-time for part-time drivers Austin Wayne Self and Darrell Wallace Jr. The team has also fielded trucks for J. J. Yeley, Myatt Snider and Justin Fontaine on occasion. AM Racing entered into a technical alliance with Niece Motorsports for the 2018 season, but fielded its own entries in 2019.

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

Truck No. 22 history[edit]

In December 2015, it was announced that AM Racing would enter one truck in the Camping World Truck Series field, the No. 22 Toyota Tundra full-time for Austin Wayne Self.[1] The team's first race was the season opener at Daytona, where Self qualified the truck 19th and finished in that same position, one lap down. In the second race at Atlanta, Self qualified twentieth and finished sixteenth. Self failed to qualify for the third race at Martinsville, but raced with the No. 44 after Tommy Joe Martins crashed his only truck in qualifying and had no backup.[2] Self had variable runs throughout the first half of the season until he broke through for his first top ten, a ninth at the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby.[3]

The team's operations were taken over by Win-Tron Racing after twelve races. The Self family retained an ownership stake in the team.[4]

After the merger with Win-Tron, performance remained nearly the same, with Austin Wayne Self turning in runs from the teens to twenties. At Martinsville, the team replaced Self with Justin Fontaine, who would be making his Truck debut. [5] Fontaine qualified on owner points in 29th and moved up three places during the race to finish 26th. Self then took over the truck for the Striping Technology 350, finishing 22nd. For the Phoenix race, Self was again swapped out, this time for the son of NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Marty Snider, Myatt Snider. Snider qualified 19th and finished 17th. Self closed out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finishing 25th.[6] The No. 22 truck finished 22nd in owner points in its debut season.[7]

For the 2017 season, AM Racing announced a partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing for engine power.[8] On February 10, 2017, it was announced that J. J. Yeley would drive the No. 22 Legrand Tundra at the season opener at Daytona, while Self would drive the No. 32 truck. The team would run five races in total during the year under the AM Racing banner, the other four with Self behind the wheel. AM partnered with Niece Motorsports and Martins Motorsports to run Self in most of the remaining races.

In October 2017, it was announced that Self would move to Niece Motorsports for the 2018 season.[9]

AM Racing ran its own operations in 2019, initially announcing Austin Wayne Self for a full season before putting Darrell Wallace Jr. in the truck for Martinsville.

Truck No. 32 history[edit]

Austin Wayne Self piloted the second entry for AM at the 2017 NextEra Energy Resources 250. He finished a career-best second after avoiding a last-lap melee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCubbin, Ashley. "AM Racing, Austin Wayne Self Join Truck Series Field". Popular Speed. Popular Speed. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Austin Wayne Self 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference.info. Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "2016 Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  4. ^ "Win-Tron Racing, AM Racing Announce New Partnership – POPULAR SPEED". www.popularspeed.com. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  5. ^ "Jayski's® NASCAR Silly Season Site - NASCAR News Archives". www.jayski.com. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  6. ^ "Tim Self's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  7. ^ "Owner Points Following Race # 23 Homestead-Miami Speedway 21st Annual Ford EcoBoost 200" (PDF). Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. ESPN. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  8. ^ Wilson, Steven B. "AM Racing to utilize Joe Gibbs Racing engines in 2017". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  9. ^ "Austin Wayne Self to join Niece Motorsports in 2018". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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