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Darlington Raceway and the State of South Carolina announce a partnership on the entitlement of the fall NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff race as part of the Darlington Raceway Labor Day Race Weekend presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery on Sept. 4-5. The official name of the Camping World Truck Series Playoff race on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. will be the In It To Win It 200.
“As we fully open our gates to race fans for the first time in two years for the Darlington Raceway Labor Day Race Weekend presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery, we are proud to partner with the State of South Carolina to offer vaccinations as part of our NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 5,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “We are grateful to S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and his administration for their collaboration to open our gates to full capacity once again and offer race fans the opportunity to join South Carolina’s fight against COVID by getting vaccinated. We look forward to welcoming the best fans in motorsports back home to the track Too Tough To Tame for the NASCAR Playoffs on Labor Day Weekend.”
No. 22 AM Racing Team:
Driver: Austin Wayne Self
Primary Partner(s): AIRBOX Air Purifier | The Safe Air Zone
Manufacturer: Chevrolet Silverado
Crew Chief: Ryan Salomon
Spotter: Tony Raines
2021 Driver Points Position: 15th | 2021 Owner Points Position: 16th
WISE Power 200 Starting Position: 16th (Based on event formula)
Chassis Intel: AMR Chassis No. 110; previously raced at Circuit of the Americas on May 22, 2021 (Start: 29th | Finish: 16th).
Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies
Notes of Interest:
Returning To The Finger Lakes: For the first time since 2000, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make left and right turns at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for their third and final road course start of the 2021 NCWTS season.
The Truck Series was held each year at Watkins Glen from 1996 to 2000, with Greg Biffle winning the series' last race there in June of 2000. Road-course expert Ron Fellows won Watkins Glen's truck event in 1997 and 1999.
The event located in Schuyler County, is among the 16 national series’ tripleheader events in 2021.
Welcome Back: AIRBOX Air Purifier returns to AM Racing as the primary marketing partner for driver Austin Wayne Self in Saturday afternoon’s United Rentals 176 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
AIRBOX Air Purifier prides themselves having the absolute best commercial grade air purifier on the market. It is categorically the best in every aspect, and it is built to last a lifetime.
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AIRBOX Air Purifier has partnered with the Statesville, N.C.-based team for five races between the 2020 and 2021 seasons respectively.
Welcome To The Team: This weekend at Watkins Glen, AM Racing welcomes The Safe Air Zone as an associate partner on Austin Wayne Self’s No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado.
The Safe Air Zone strives to help businesses and consumers create a safer and healthier clean air environment that mitigates the spread of airborne pathogens. Handcrafted in the USA, our air purifiers exceed national standards of indoor air quality by following CDC requirements for air ventilation utilizing Certified HEPA filters and incorporating proven antimicrobial technologies.
We start with the AIRBOX Air Purifier, a best-in-class product developed by clean-room technologists that is 100% hand-built by American craftsmen.
It combines high-proficiency air filtration with clean-lined, modern design and style. We also support our business customers with marketing assets to help communicate your commitment to providing safe air to your clients and staff.
Support includes branding kits personalized to your company and other content assets.
To learn more, visit thesafeairzone.com.
Texas Pride: Two Texas-based companies will also return as partners for Austin Wayne Self this weekend at Watkins Glen.
The Statesville, N.C.-based team will sport the signage of GO TEXAN and AM Technical Solutions on the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for the 15th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race of the season.
GO TEXAN is a widely recognized brand. It represents a diverse collection of people, products and services that are genuinely Texan. Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.
Headquartered in Austin, TX, AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) was founded in 1994.
AM Technical Solutions is a Global Architecture, Engineering & Construction firm specializing in the high-tech markets. AMTS has managed over $20B of global capital projects for over 170 different customers in 24 countries and across five continents.
Double Duty: For the first time this season, Austin Wayne Self will have double driving responsibilities as he’ll pilot the No. 32 AIRBOX | Janitronics Chevrolet in Friday evening’s ARCA Menards Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
Another partner of AIRBOX, Janitronics has been around for nearly fifty years, working hard to clean for health. Your experts in cleaning have now partnered with the experts in Air Filtration, Airbox products from the Safe Air Zone, featuring certified HEPA Filtration.
You mind your business, we’ll keep it clean.
Self will make his 50th ARCA Menards Series start on Friday, Aug. 6, and first since 2019. In four career ARCA road course events, Self-delivered three top-10 finishes and maintains a solid average finish of 11.8.
Career Year: Just past the halfway point of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing are enjoying a banner year.
14 races into the season, the team has just two finishes of 23rd or worse and maintains an average finish of 17.9 entering the United 176.
He is mirroring his 2018 Truck Series season where he finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings maintaining an average finishing position of 17.0.
Austin Wayne Self Truck Watkins Glen Stats: Saturday afternoon’s United Rentals 176 at WGI will mark Self’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the 2.450-mile road course.
This weekend, however, will be his third road course race of the season. Earlier this season, Self-competed on the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course and Circuit of the Americas (COTA) Road Course.
Austin Wayne Self Truck Series Road Course Stats: At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks classified as a road course, Self has made seven starts throughout his career with one top-10 finish, while also carrying an average finishing position of 14.4.
Knoxville Raceway | Corn Belt 150 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Knoxville Raceway, Austin Wayne Self-made his 121st NCWTS start.
Starting 21st for the second consecutive race, Self-contended for his third top-10 finish of the season before being swept into a massive late-race pileup ending his night 20 laps from the finish.
Self-finished 30th, the team’s worst finish of the 2021 season.
14 races complete, Self and his Statesville, N.C.-based AM Racing have two top-10s, five top-15s, nine top-20s and 12 top-23 finishes.
To The Point(s): Entering Watkins Glen, Self sits 15th in the championship standings with 280 points earned and a loss of one position following the Corn Belt 150.
Just 84 points separate Self from 10th in the championship standings currently held by Stewart Friesen and 171 points in the arrears from fifth locked by Zane Smith with eight races remaining this season.
In the race for a Playoff spot, Self is 71 points from the cutoff currently held by Chandler Smith and needs a win on Saturday afternoon to vault himself into the Playoff picture.
AM Racing also secures 16th in the NCWTS owner standings.
Calling the Shots: Ryan Salomon will continue to lead Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team this weekend at Watkins Glen.
This weekend marks his 18th race as crew chief for Self and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. During his tenure, he guided Self to an average finish of 17.0 during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, respectively.
Career Rundown: Since 2016, Self has competed in 121 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, delivering two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He finished a career-best 12th in the championship standings in 2018.
Spanning six years of Truck Series competition, he maintains an average finish of 18.5.
Did You Know? Austin Wayne Self and wife Jennifer have 16 chickens and a dog named Echo.
Lineup: In addition to AIRBOX Air Purifier, GO TEXAN and AM Technical Solutions continuing their roles as the primary marketing partner for Self in 2021, the AM Racing team will also receive support from Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle, and Kreuz Market.
Austin Wayne Self Pre-Race Quotes:
On Watkins Glen International: “It’s nice to get back in a truck after several weeks off. I’m pumped about getting back on a road course. I really enjoy road course racing and feel like I continue to improve as a road course driver with every race.
“Running the ARCA race on Friday evening will be a big help in getting familiar with the layout of Watkins Glen and hopefully we can carry the momentum of the ARCA race to the Truck race on Saturday afternoon.
“I also want to thank The Safe Air Zone and Janitronics for jumping on board this weekend at Watkins Glen. Hopefully, it’s a strong weekend start to finish.”
On Knoxville Raceway: “That was unfortunate. We had such a fast No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado, but the bottom lane really became king there in Stage 3 and it became just a matter of bumper trucks on the restarts and we found ourselves on the wrong end very late in the race.
“It’s a shame. Ryan (Salomon, crew chief) and everyone brought me a great truck and Brett (Moffitt) was doing great too before he had his issues. I’m proud of the effort by this AM Racing team even if we don’t have the results to show for it.
“On to Watkins Glen and our last shot at a Hail Mary to make the Playoffs.”
On 2021 Season: “This is it as far as the Playoffs are concerned. We will do what we can to put ourselves in a position to either contend for the win or even throw a Hail Mary to pull an upset.
“It is not going to be easy, but we won’t be going down without a fight.
“Even if we don’t make the Playoffs though, it’s been a strong season for the AM Racing team and we have a lot more to accomplish and prove before Phoenix in November.”
Visit AM Technical Solutions online at amts.com.
For more information on Don’t Mess With Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.
For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also, connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.
For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.
The United Rentals 176 (72 laps | 176.4 miles) is the 15th of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-truck field will take the green flag on Sat., Aug. 7, 2021, shortly after 12:00 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.
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Daytona International Speedway’s Mamie Pollock: Part of the Track’s Tram Tour Specialists Who Love Meeting Fans From All Around the World
Daytona International Speedway is known as The World Center of Racing, and true to its name, the iconic venue attracts fans from all over the globe. Afterall, it plays host to the DAYTONA 500, the Great American Race, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (coming up Aug. 28), The Rolex 24, North America’s most prestigious sports car race, and a host of other international events. It is only natural that fans want to visit the hallowed grounds of the track’s trioval and road course.
Luckily for those fans, they can buy a ticket for a guided Tram Track Tour that will showcase the rich, Daytona racing legacy. The tours are already one of a kind, thanks to the facility they take place in, but that’s not all. Enter 65-year-old Mamie Pollock. The Daytona Track Tours employ some of the best, most knowledgeable tour guides in all entertainment, and just like the rest of them, Mamie’s high-spirited personality makes her a favorite of all those she meets.
A Speedway staffer since July of 2018, Mamie is from Lewistown, PA, and after retiring from the United Parcel Service in 2014, she and her husband decided they would prefer some warmer weather. First, they moved to Huntersville, NC but decided after a few years that it was still too cold. Finally, they settled on coming to Florida which led to Mamie getting a job as a tour guide at the speedway.
“My husband (Gary) had been ill since 2014 and we moved down here in July of 2018, and he started to get better,” said Mamie. “So, as he got better, I finally felt comfortable enough and I said ‘Gary, I feel like a prisoner of this house, and I have to get a job.’ It just so happened that my neighbor who lived beside us, Phil Truett, was a tour guide here at DIS. Gary said to me ‘you have to become a tour guide at Daytona International Speedway.’ So, I went online and applied. Phil told his boss that ‘this girl is the real thing.’ So low and behold, I got a call for an interview.”
Mamie’s hiring story does not end there. She made a successful first step, but the next obstacle was her in-person interview. Not a bashful bone in her body, the outgoing, fun-loving, well-spoken, avid talker who now knows the complete history of the Speedway got a call back – she got the job. Since then, Mamie, who always sports a straw hat, has become very popular with guests.
“The best thing about being a tour guide here at Daytona International Speedway is getting to meet people from all over the world and letting them know just how special this place is,” said Mamie. “I can be taking anywhere from 25-30 or so guests on a tour now that we are back to normalcy. And, I love meeting every one of them.
“You get to interact with the people a lot and that’s just wonderful. I try and interact with every person on the tours…to make some kind of connection. I just love it. I like telling people the story of this place, the brainchild of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr.”
Mamie has been a lover of motorsports for a long time. Originally a fan of horse racing before becoming a fan of cars and engines, Mamie likes to say, “it’s always been about horsepower.” The first race she attended happened to be at Daytona International Speedway, long before she had any connections to it, back in the late ‘80s. Mamie was amazed at her first NASCAR experience saying “when that race started, I know that I probably had everyone that was behind me mad because I must of stood up for the first 75 laps or so, because I was just in awe. I still am.”
“Mamie is one of the most unique personalities that I’ve ever encountered,” said Dave Tlstovic, Senior Manager, Guest and Tours Transportation for the Speedway. “Always with a smile, she is humorous and entertaining while sharing her vast knowledge of the Daytona Speedway. Mamie is an incredibly caring person as she takes exceptional care of our guests with extra needs. Her patience is exemplary as she guides guest from around the world and unveils the rich history of The World Center of Racing.”
Mamie is just one of the talented Track Tour guides at Daytona International Speedway. There are many others with equally fascinating stories and knowledge of the track that opened in 1959, and the sport of NASCAR. Thanks to these individuals, the Daytona International Speedway Track Tours are a hit with guests and will continue to be in the future.
It’s easy to take a Track Tour, and guests have two options to choose from - the Speedway Tour and the VIP Tour. The Speedway Tour is an hour-long experience that takes fans to multiple areas of interest on the track and inside the infield including the start/finish line, the 31-degree banking, Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane, the Axalta Injector, and an incredible view of the 2.5-mile trioval from tower seating. In addition, there is a stop at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, filled with historical artifacts from all types of racing, including the actual car that Michael McDowell drove to victory in the 2021 DAYTONA 500 in February. Speedway Tours run daily and leave every 30 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the last tour of the day running at 3:00 p.m. These tours last about 60 minutes. Tickets for the Speedway Tour are $25 for adults, $20 for kids ages 5 to 12 and free for kids under 4.
The VIP Tour is 2.5 hours and has the same offerings as the Speedway Tour, but the VIP Tour also stops at the NASCAR Archives and Research Center and the Press Box. Both tours include a digital photo package. It runs every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. VIP Tour Tickets are $47 per person. Both types of tour tickets can be purchased online at www.
Thanks to these talented tram drivers, the speedway tours are a success that leaves a positive impression on the fans, even when it is not race day.
Daytona International Speedway’s next NASCAR weekend, featuring the regular-season finale Coke Zero Sugar 400, is set for Aug. 27-28. The event will serve as the last-chance race to for a driver to make the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 28. The Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27. For ticket information, visit www.
The ninth round of the 2021 Micro Sprint championships at Stockton’s Delta Speedway is on tap for this Saturday night, with four divisions ready to race at the 1/7th mile dirt oval presented by Financial Center Credit Union.
Stockton’s Caden Sarale has moved to the top of the standings in both the Super 600 and Non-Wing divisions in search of the $1,000-to-win track championships. Sarale looks to cement his place as one of the most successful racers in the 35-year history of the speedway, working on his third consecutive sweep of each division’s title.
Some of the more successful champions in track history have included Rick DeCosta in AA Twin over the 1988 through 1992 seasons and Derek Overkamp who won the 250 championships during four consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2013. DeCosta won at least eight championships according to available records, which Sarale will equal in his career if he can wrap up his current title runs. With six races remaining however, the title picture in each class is far from complete.
Sarale enjoys a 55-point advantage in Non-Wing on the strength of two victories through eight races. Oregon’s Austin Torgerson and Tracy’s Brandon Riveira trail Sarale while still searching for their first triumphs of 2021. Austin’s younger brother Ashton ranks fourth with a single win followed by Springville’s Cameron Paul in fifth. Non-Wing competes for a 30-lap feature for $500-to-win.
The Super 600 championship is much closer, with Sarale six points ahead of four-time track champion Nikko Panella. Each of the Stockton-based drivers have earned one victory during the campaign. Fresno’s Caeden Steele has used three wins to place himself 19-points behind in third. Austin Torgerson and Stockton’s Alex Panella round out the top-five. Super 600 will also compete for 30-laps and $500-to-win.
Fresno’s Colton Key leads the Restricted class by a strong 49-point margin ahead of Visalia’s Jett Barnes. Sacramento’s Austin Wood, Castro Valley’s Andrew Smith, and round eight winner Isabel Barnes of Brentwood make up the top-five. Restricted will compete in a 25-lap feature for $300-to-win.
Five-time Jr. Sprints feature winner Brody Rubio of Manteca leads the youngest drivers at the speedway by 53-points heading into Saturday’s 20-lap feature. Hayden Stepps of Oakdale is the series’ most recent winner and sits in second overall. Levi Osborne of Millbrae, Josiah Vega of Antioch, and Vito Cancilla of Pleasant Hill make up the top-five.
Tickets are $10 for adults ages 13 and up, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, seniors 55+, and military, and kids 5 and under are free! Pit Passes can also be pre-purchased by competitors for $20 or purchased at the gate. Pit gates open at noon with the driver’s meeting at 4:30 pm. Hot laps and qualifying will follow.
Delta Speedway Stockton thanks Financial Center Credit Union, Interstate Truck Center, Lovotti Air, 22 Metal Works, Van De Pol Petroleum, Kludt Oil, Starr Property Management, Solari’s Backhoe Service, PMP Chassis, Genova Bakery, Hoosier Tire, and Performance Electronics for their support of the 2021 season.
For more information on Delta Speedway presented by Financial Center Credit Union, follow us online at http://www.
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StarCom Racing teams up with recurring partners, SungateKids and Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support along with a new 2021 partner, FARE, the largest private funder dedicated to Food Allergy Research & Education, at Watkins Glen on Sunday, August 8 for the Go Bowling at The Glen race. The blue, black and pink Chevy 00 will be piloted by Quin Houff who will make his Watkins Glen Cup race debut this year.
“I am very excited to get to Watkins Glen for the first time and I’m looking forward to racing with a cause,” said Houff. “We are continuing our important mission with SungateKids and Share, and we are happy to welcome FARE to the team as well.”
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Ross Chastain to Drive No. 1 Chevrolet for Trackhouse Racing, Will Join Daniel Suárez as Teammate in 2022 Cup Series Season
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