Mon May 23, 2011
Austin Teen Makes NASCAR History
He's too young for a driver's license, but old enough to dominate in NASCAR, at least on the local and regional level
Austin Wayne Self became the first 15-year-old to win two premier division NASCAR races in the same night in Kyle on Saturday. The Austin native first took the checkered flag in the Pro Modified division race, a division with specific rules about car components and modifications.
But the real excitement came in the Late Model race. After a high-speed accident on the track, Self came back to win in dramatic fashion according to a press release:
With no hood, a damaged front end and a set of Goodyear Tires that had been locked up twice, Self began his amazing march to the front. He brought the crowd to a roar by choosing the outside line on every subsequent restart. That strategy paid off when he got by the 96 (RobertBarker) and then passed the 92 (Taylor Brandes) car for the lead. Self could go on to lead the balance of the race and take his second win of the night the hard way.
Earlier this year NASCAR lowered the minimum age of competitors in some events to 15.