MOORESVILLE, N.C. – AM Racing is returning to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series with driver Austin Wayne Self.
The team, which last competed in the Truck Series in 2017, will make their return beginning with the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 15. The team plans to contest the full Truck Series schedule.
As part of their restructure, AM Racing has moved its assets from Statesville, N.C., to Mooresville, N.C., where the team will be managed by longtime industry veteran Kevin Cywinski in a collaborative effort with Win-Tron Racing.
The team has purchased several trucks from GMS Racing to prepare for the upcoming 23-race schedule and has also signed a technical alliance with the organization.
“We are very optimistic about the upcoming season,” said AM Racing team principal Tim Self. “We have made a significant number of changes during the offseason including moving locations, purchasing new equipment and acquiring innovative personnel.
“We feel very confident in the direction of the race team and look forward to producing results on the track that will justify our restructuring and give our marketing partners the exposure and satisfaction they are looking for.”
Guiding Self for his fourth season in the Truck Series will be Eddie Troconis, who joins AM Racing after serving as crew chief at ThorSport Racing for the past three seasons.
“I’m super excited in my new position at AM Racing and to be able to lead the team for the 2019 season,” said Troconis. “Kevin (Cywinski) and I have put together a great team with a combination of skills, knowledge and experience.
“Austin (Wayne Self) is a great kid with a great attitude. He is at the shop working every day and that’s important to me. I believe he has the talent to drive a truck and run in the top-five and fight for wins. We have some things to work on, but I have been working with a lot of young drivers and I feel like I have a special way of communicating with them and hope that will translate with Austin too.
“I’m looking forward to a great year and I’m so glad to be back home in North Carolina.”
Self raced last year for Niece Motorsports, earning a best finish of ninth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He has one top-five and four top-10 finishes in 63 Truck Series starts.
“I can’t wait to work with Eddie and the guys on our AM Racing team,” said Self. “Our team has made a significant investment and I’m eager to see the results. I feel like with my experience and the leadership that Eddie brings to the table – we should find ourselves near the front a lot more in 2019.”
Announcements pertaining to marketing partners for Self’s No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado will be made at a later date.