After inclement weather wreaked havoc and postponed Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reset for a Saturday matinee under ideal weather conditions at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Austin Wayne Self, one of the 32 drivers in the field who patiently waited for his opportunity, turned in a 21st place finish upon the conclusion of Saturday’s 134-lap event.
Self, who earned his best finish in recent weeks, did sustain damage to his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota on the final lap after getting together with Daniel Hemric and finishing the race with contact against the outside wall at the stripe.
“Even though we struggled a bit with the handling of the truck today I’m happy we were able to get the finish we did.” Referring to the final lap, Self said, “I’m not happy about that deal at the end of but at least we finished where we did.”
“The last couple of races have been tough on our team. I’m hoping we can build on our progress and get things ready for our next event at Texas (Motor Speedway). I’m really excited about going home and racing in front of my home state crowd.”
Self, who started in the 25th position after rain canceled Friday’s qualifying session, battled an ill-handling truck yet was able to race his way up into the 13th position by lap-73. After a caution on lap-77, Self, would get shuffled back on the race restart - giving up valuable track position. Continuing to battle a loose truck, the pilot of the AM Racing Toyota would battle to keep his truck inside the top-25.
Desperately hoping for a much needed late race caution to give the team a chance for another round of adjustments, the team’s chances of a top-10 finish were delated, as they ultimately settled for a 21st place finish.
“We struggled with handling after that last pit stop and that cost us. We made the right adjustments but the truck didn’t respond the way I wanted it to as it took a few laps for our tire pressure to build up. My crew continues to do a great job and battle hard, we just ran out of time there at the end to make adjustments to better our final position.
After three-consecutive weeks of racing the NASCAR Truck Series will break until Friday, June 10, when the series returns to action for the running of the Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.