Austin Wayne Self, driver of the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado competes in the
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Statesville, North Carolina-based Niece Motorsports.
The 2018 NCWTS season marks Self’s third year on tour.
While Self is still relatively new to NASCAR, he carries a long list of racing accomplishments under his belt. He amassed 45 starts in the ARCA Racing Series over three seasons, highlighted by one win (Winchester Speedway; 2015), 13 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes.
To further compliment his on track- success, Self grabbed the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year, and finished runner-up in the championship standings.
His freshman season in NASCAR featured a top-10 finish at Eldora Speedway on the dirt, while crafting his skill that led to a respectable second season.
In his second year of competition, Self started the year strong with a career-best second place finish at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. His continued on-track success included an additional top-10 finish on the road course of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
In all, the Austin, Texas native captured, one top-five, two top-10, eight top-15 and 13 top-20 finishes overall in 2017. Despite missing five races from February to Nov., Self still placed 15th overall in the championship standings, driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports.
At the age of four, what started out as a hobby quickly became a personal passion for Self and would later spark his career in motorsports.
Today, the Texan has spent thousands of hours behind the wheel, moving up the ranks from karting to the NASCAR K&N division and Whelen Series'; then onto the ARCA Racing Series and the top-three national divisions of NASCAR.
With his focus, determination and desire to deliver successful on-track results, Self has gained the support of many Texas-based companies including the Texas department of transportation’s Don’t mess with Texas initiative and programs, which has allowed him to continue his foray in the sport for the 2018 season.
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Justin Fontaine was first introduced to motorsports by chance when he attend the 2005 Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR night race. From that point, Fontaine became an avid NASCAR fan although it would be until 2008 till he began his own racing career.
During that year, Fontaine made his Motorsports debut in quarter midgets in Salisbury, N.C. It was there he raced alongside some of the young stars of the NASCAR today, such as Harrison Burton. After two part-time season, Fontaine made the transition to MiniCup race cars, competing out at Newport Speedway.
In six starts, he won them all, which spurred the decision to make the leap to full body stock cars. Still competing at Newport, Fontaine began racing a 4-cylinder class collecting two victories along the way.
Finally, the decision was made together as a family for Fontaine to take the next leap in his racing endeavor and transition to NASCAR and compete in the Late Model division at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway. In 2014, at the tender age of 19, he began his first full-time campaign in Motorsports, where he claimed Rookie of the Year and finished in the top-10 in points overall.
2015 was a banner year for Fontaine. Not only did he secure third in the overall championship standings, he earned his first win at the historic short track. Through 2016 and continuing to turn heads along the way, he was signed by Martin-McClure for a limited schedule in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. In four races, he finished a career-best 13th at Dominion Speedway in Virginia.
Later in 2016, Fontaine was picked up by AM Racing to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the historic Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. After a solid debut, the decision was made to remain with AM Racing for 2017, where he competed in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Despite being injured in the open race of the ARCA Racing Series season, Fontaine only missed five races before returning to the tour in June at Elko (Minn.) Speedway where he earned a solid 11th place finish. Overall, he picked up a career-best finish of ninth at the high-banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and ended the year with a top-10 on the increasingly fast 1.5-mile track of Kentucky Speedway in the penultimate event of the season.
Fontaine finished 15th overall in the driver series standings despite not running in eight races. Throughout his rookie campaign, he tallied eight top-15 finishes along the way.
During the summer, the personable driver made two additional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway respectively. He earned a career-best 15th at Pocono’s dynamic 2.5-mile triangle, while posting a respectable 17th place run at Chicago.
For the 2018 season, Fontaine and AM Racing through it’s partnership with Niece Motorsports will see the North Carolinian compete full-time in Trucks aboard the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado.
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The 2017 season will see TJ Bell return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for Niece Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 45 Truck.
Bell began racing at the age of eight in go-karts, winning six consecutive championships in the state of Nevada.
In 2000, after a stop in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) F2000 Championship Series, Bell joined the CART Toyota Atlantic Series. Bell posted five top-five finishes driving for Michael Shank Racing in the series.
Later, Bell joined the ASCARI factory team, participating in several endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of LeMans.
In 2003, Bell switched to stock car racing and began racing in the NCWTS, running a partial schedule.
Bell started to hit his stride in 2004 when he made the move to the ARCA Racing Series for Powertech Motorsports, earning six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 22 starts. In addition, Bell finished third in points that season and was named Rookie of the Year.
Bell made 11 starts in the ARCA Racing Series in 2005, earning two top-five and four top-10 finishes.
In 2006, Bell drove a limited schedule for Bobby Jones Racing in the ARCA Racing Series, earning two top-five finishes in eight starts.
Bell drove 16 races in the NCWTS for Roush Fenway in 2007, piloting the No. 50 Truck on his way to one top-10 and three top-15 finishes.
In 2008, Bell took over the No. 7 Truck for TRG Motorsports part of the way through the season. Bell made 17 starts in the No. 7, earning an impressive seven top-10 finishes to close out the season.
The 2009 season saw Bell compete in the full schedule for the first time in the NCWTS for Red Horse Racing. Driving the No. 11, Bell earned one top-five and five top-10 finishes.
The 2010, 2011 and 2014 seasons saw Bell make select NCWTS starts for MAKE Motorsports. In addition, in 2011 Bell made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Darlington Raceway behind the wheel of the No. 50 for LTD Powersports.
For the past six seasons, Bell has also run a partial schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, making 61 starts in the last six years.
In his spare time, Bell stays busy with Speed RC, an RC business in Mooresville, N.C., he co-owns with friend Scott Speed.