(TOLEDO, Ohio – July 2, 2013) – Austin Wayne Self not only
won the SCOTT Rookie Challenge award for Sunday’s Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at
Winchester Speedway, he almost won the race. Self, 17, was making his second ARCA Racing Series presented
by Menards start at the tricky, high-banked, half-mile. He finished second in
the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports AM Technical Solutions Dodge, his second top
"We had a really good car,” Self said. “I couldn't have been
happier with the results from the race. I am really happy with the outcome of this
weekend. Cunningham gave me an awesome
car, fast the whole race.”
Self tested at Salem Speedway on Friday with Cunningham
Motorsports crew chief Chad Bryant and teammate Tom Hessert. Then, during both
practice sessions at Winchester on Saturday, Self posted speeds that put him in
the top 10. He started fifth when Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell
was canceled and the lineup was set by owner points.
During the race, Self was positioned anywhere from fourth-
to eighth-place. By lap 80, he had raced his way to fourth place, where he ran
until a multi-car crash in turn two on lap 128 slowed the field. Self got four
fresh tires and fuel and restarted fourth. When the green flag flew on lap 146,
Self took his Dodge three-wide for a pass and moved into second place. He
fought hard to get to the back bumper of race winner Frank Kimmel and was
within a couple of car lengths with 10 laps to go, but couldn’t get any closer,
settling for second place and congratulating Kimmel in victory lane.
“I was hoping I could take the No. 22 car to the winner’s
circle, but I am still super happy with a second place finish. I can’t wait to get back in the car in New
Jersey,” he said.
The next ARCA Racing Series event Self’s schedule is the
road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park July 28.
Self became the seventh different driver to win a SCOTT
Rookie Challenge race award on the 2013 season.
First-year ARCA competitors are competing for per-race cash
bonus awards and the year-end Scott Rookie Challenge bonus of $10,000. Mason
Mingus, driver of the No. 32 WinTron Racing Diamond Equipment Call Before You
Dig Toyota, leads the current SCOTT Rookie Challenge point standings.
Last season, Alex Bowman edged Brennan Poole by four points
in the rookie chase, winning the season finale at Kansas Speedway to secure the
rookie of the year award. Bowman is competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series
this season. Drivers like Benny Parsons, the late Davey Allison, Frank Kimmel
and Bobby Gerhart are past ARCA rookies of the year who went on to successful
stock car careers.
“We are excited to
partner with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, and honored to
sponsor the Scott Rookie Challenge for the series,” said Heather Richmond, Kimberly-Clark
Customer Marketing Manager for the Hardware, Home Improvement and Paint channel.
“Menards carries our Scott Brand products in a variety of departments -- such
as paint, automotive and household paper goods. We are excited to launch an
array of new products such as Scott 1000 bath tissue and Scott PRO Rags in a box
at Menards this year. Working together to reach Scott brand consumers in the
ARCA Racing Series is a natural fit.”
The SCOTT Rookie Challenge point standings through 10 races
of the 2013 season:
1. Mason Mingus (car No. 32), 254
2. Justin Boston (25), 222
3. Mason Mitchell (99), 212
4. Thomas Praytor (2), 178
5. Kyle Benjamin (15), 108