NASCAR suspends Austin Wayne Self

Austin Wayne Self has been indefinitely suspended by NASCAR; Race team comments

23-year-old, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self has been suspended indefinitely. The driver failed a random drug screening issued by NASCAR.

Self is in violation of Sections 12.1 & 19 in the NASCAR rule book. The penalty for positive test is an indefinite suspension.

Austin Wayne Self competes full-time in the NGOTS for AM Racing. He made his debut in the series back in 2016 with AM Racing. In 2017, he ran full-time with Niece Motorsports.

For 2019, Self has returned to AM Racing. He finished 9th in his debut with the team back in Daytona. His career-best finish was a 2nd place showing at Daytona in 2016.

Self will be able to complete the Road to Recovery program. Successful completion of the program usually allows for a lift of the suspension.

Spencer Gallagher was the most recent driver to complete the recovery program. He only spent a few months out of the seat.

This announcement comes just a week after AM Racing lost a crew member for an indefinite suspension. Front-end mechanic Jeffrey W. Merritt was recently suspended for failing to notify NASCAR of a misdemeanor.

Related: NASCAR suspends AM Racing crew member indefinitely

NASCAR driver Austin Wayne Self
NASCAR driver Austin Wayne Self

AM Racing statement on Austin Wayne Self

“AM Racing respects NASCAR’s decision and will follow their direction,” AM Racing said in a statement.

“We expect Austin Wayne Self to return to the seat as quickly as possible. AM Racing will continue to operate as normal with a determination of a driver lineup set in the coming weeks.”

“We expect to emerge from this challenge as a stronger team.”

The driver has not yet commented since the penalty was announced.

Texas Motor Speedway
Penalty Report – MENCS

Date: March 31, 2019

There was a single penalty announced for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series division as well.

Driver: Aric Almirola #10

Violation: Sections Tires and WheelsNote: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.

Penalty: Crew chief (John Klausmeier) has been fined $10,000.

Note: There were no penalties to report for the NASCAR Xfinity Series who were also on the ticket this past weekend in Fort Worth.


Texas Race Results: March 31st, 2019

NASCAR suspends AM Racing crew member indefinitely

Spencer Gallagher and GMS racing comment following the suspension

Spencer Gallagher has been suspended indefinitely


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