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Short track ace Justin Fontaine eyes career-best finish at Madison

OREGON, Wisc. – Ready to get back to good ole classic short track racing, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards newbie Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) treks to Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway eyeing a career-best finish in Friday night’s Montgomery Ward 200.

Armed with the support of AM Racing and their development team Win-Tron Racing, Fontaine heads to the Badger State looking to shake off the disappointment of Michigan International Speedway last week, but showcase his talent in the first of a three-race short track stretch for the ARCA tour.

Last weekend in the Great Lakes state, Fontaine powered to strong practice times and even showcased a better qualifying performance at the 2.0-mile oval, but an oiled track sent the Asheville, N.C. native into the wall just seven laps into the 100 lap Corrigan Oil 200, prematurely ending his day.

Reflecting on his first Motor City experience, Fontaine is grateful for the experience, but ready to put last week in the rear-view mirror and focus out the windshield on racing under the lights Friday night.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back in our No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota this weekend,” said Fontaine.

“This Win-Tron Racing team has been able to bring some very fast race cars to the track for me to drive. Now, we just need some luck.”

“I was a little too conservative in my ARCA return at Elko Speedway earlier this month, but I’ve learned from that. Now, I’m ready to go to Madison and see what we can pull off.”

Even though he doesn’t have any prior experience at Madison’s half-mile oval, the AM Racing developmental driver will lean on Win-Tron Racing team principal Kevin Cywinski and AM Racing crew chief Bill Henderson.

“I am really gelling with my team right now,” added Fontaine, the cousin of NASCAR Truck Series driver Chris Fontaine. “Bill knows what I’m looking for in our ProMATIC Toyota and I’m able to give him the feedback he needs to make the car better. Plus, Kevin’s a veteran of Madison hailing back from his racing days. I’m really optimistic that we can practice, qualify and race in the top-10.”

“We must keep making progress,” he added. “It’s showing. I think that’s one reason we were so competitive at Michigan. Once we finish inside the top-10, we can focus on finishing inside the top-five and then winning races.”

“The team I’m with is capable of winning and I think if I’m in the right position, I can win. We just need everything to come together to make it all happen. Maybe Madison will do the trick. I’m thrilled to race in tight quarters again.”

Currently 20th in the series’ standings, Fontaine has a career best finish of 11th at Elko (Minn.) Speedway earlier this month.

While sticking with a heavy ARCA schedule for now, Fontaine’s focus is expected to turn towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he’ll compete in a limited schedule this summer in an AM Racing entry.

The Montgomery Ward 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the ninth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 23 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT).

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Justin Fontaine, please like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

 

About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.

 

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

 

About ProMATIC Automation:

ProMATIC Automation Inc. specializes in the design and build of custom factory automation equipment. With complete in-house capabilities of design, programming, fabrication, machining, electrical and mechanical assembly, ProMATIC can manage project resources and coordinate manufacturing efforts to provide quality, on-time automation project implementation.

ProMATIC Automation, Inc. has extensive experience in the integration of high-level automation technologies like robotics, laser, vision, and dispensing systems along with many years of combined experience in the design and machining of custom manufactured components.

For more information on ProMATIC Automation please visit promaticautomation.com.

 

CONTACT: pr@amracing.racing

Justin Fontaine upbeat about Michigan ARCA debut

BROOKYLN, Mich. – Set for his fourth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of the season, newcomer Justin Fontaine (@driverfontaine) heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan International Speedway (MIS) eyeing his first career top-10 finish in Friday afternoon’s Corrigan Oil 200.

With the support of AM Racing and their development team Win-Tron Racing, Fontaine heads north to the Great Lakes state looking to bounce back from a frustrating weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

After practicing well during the series’ open test last Wednesday afternoon, Friday’s practice session saw Fontaine’s car suffer right-side damage – forcing the team to revert to a backup car for the race later in the day.

Through a never-give up attitude and the determination to finish the race, Fontaine climbed from his 33rd place starting position and gambled on fuel mileage.

Unfortunately, late in the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200, the No. 33 ProMATIC Team didn’t get the caution flag they were hoping for and had to pit under green flag conditions and settle for a 21st place finish.

With Pocono in the rear-view mirror, Fontaine is looking out the windshield and ready to get back on track at Michigan’s fast two-mile oval.

“Pocono was a little frustrating, but we made the most of a tough situation,” said Fontaine. “Without a doubt, I gained valuable track time that will be paramount for my return to Pocono next month.”

Set to make another track debut on Friday afternoon, Fontaine has spent the last few days studying everything he can when it comes to Michigan International Speedway.

From chatting it up with friends, reviewing audio and video and even conferring with advisor Kevin Cywinski, Fontaine knows that he’ll be facing another challenge, but nothing that he can’t conquer.

“Pocono was a huge track, but Michigan is huge and insanely fast,” added Fontaine. “It looks like a fun place to race because there’s seems like a bunch of opportunity to pass. But, handling seems equally important. No doubt we plan to utilize the two-hour practice session on Thursday to the best of our ability and hope we have a good foundation for qualifying and the race on Friday.”

Knowing a tough field awaits the eighth race of the ARCA season, Fontaine says running competitive and the opportunity to finish inside the top-10 would feel like a victory.

“You never know what could happen in 100 laps,” Fontaine explained. “Really anything can happen. But, for our No. 33 team, we need to go out there, be competitive and clean and run all the laps. At the end of the day, if we’re able to finish inside the top-10, it will be a huge confidence booster for me and this team to take to Madison next weekend.”

Win-Tron Racing team Principal Kevin Cywinski says Fontaine’s outlook is the best medicine for him to recover from Pocono.

“Justin was the leader of the team last weekend at Pocono,” he said. “After the strong run at Elko, we had high hopes for Pocono. Things happened and we had to fight through some adversity. Justin didn’t get down or point fingers, instead he’s the cheerleader reminding the team we’re going to be just fine.”

“And He’s right, we will.”

Currently 20th in the series’ standings, Fontaine has a career best finish of 11th at Elko (Minn.) Speedway in June.

While sticking with a heavy ARCA schedule for now, Fontaine’s focus is expected to turn towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he’ll compete in a limited schedule this summer in an AM Racing entry.

The Corrigan Oil 200 (100 laps / 200 miles) is the eighth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., June 15 with a two-hour practice session planned from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for race day, Fri., June 16 at 1:40 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 6:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 6:00 p.m., while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (ET).

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Justin Fontaine, please like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

 

About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.

 

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

 

About ProMATIC Automation

ProMATIC Automation Inc. specializes in the design and build of custom factory automation equipment. With complete in-house capabilities of design, programming, fabrication, machining, electrical and mechanical assembly, ProMATIC can manage project resources and coordinate manufacturing efforts to provide quality, on-time automation project implementation.

ProMATIC Automation, Inc. has extensive experience in the integration of high-level automation technologies like robotics, laser, vision, and dispensing systems along with many years of combined experience in the design and machining of custom manufactured components.

For more information on ProMATIC Automation please visit promaticautomation.com.

 

CONTACT: pr@amracing.racing

Solid finishes keep Austin Wayne Self upbeat looking ahead

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – AM Racing driver Austin Wayne Self wasn’t sure what exactly to expect in his sophomore season of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition, but solid runs have propelled the Austin, Tex. native forward and eager to get into the summer stretch.

Self’s year started out in a huge way with a second-place finish in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Not only did the former ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year mount his best finish, but his team in their debut of two trucks left the 2.5-mile superspeedway with both trucks inside the top-10.

While their next outing at Martinsville Speedway on April 1 didn’t turn out as hoped, the team led by crew chief Bill Henderson and team consultant Rick Ren refused to let a setback stand in their way.

So, they made the two-hour trip back home and went to work.

And they worked hard.

Getting an opportunity to keep in the seat for his next planned race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Self teamed up with Niece Motorsports where at Kansas Speedway he drove the team’s Chevrolet to a top-15 finish.

The following week in his AM Racing return, the 22-year-old qualified 18th and muscled his way to a respectable 12th place finish.

In his most recent race at Texas Motor Speedway, Self looked to his hometown track not only to make some noise but prove that the team’s Charlotte performance was no fluke on an intermediate track.

Armed with support from fellow Texans in his home state, Self qualified a career-best 15th, quickly bolted inside the top-10 and remained amongst the lead pack for the entire race, before a loose race truck got the most of the young driver on the last lap of race while battling for sixth.

Still, while Self’s night ended on the front stretch grass in the winstaronlinegaming.com 400, there wasn’t a grim face afterwards. His performance last Friday night could easily be dubbed as one of the best yet by the racer who says he now carries tons of momentum moving forward.

“We had such a great truck on Friday night,” recalled Self. “I sincerely appreciate all the hard work of the AM Racing team and all of the support from our marketing partners.  To have all of this support at what I consider to be my home track means a lot – but to run as well as we did meant even more.”

“I’m still learning – but I have learned a bunch and it paid off with a strong showing. We didn’t get the finish that we wanted, but it was still something that we could walk away from and be proud of. I can’t wait to get back on the track soon.”

Mixing it up with veterans Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and Timothy Peters, Self said he enjoyed racing in circles amongst the best of the best and hopes he is starting to earn their respect.

“We’ve worked hard to build AM Racing into a competitive operation,” Self said. “I felt privileged having the opportunity to race and compete with guys like Crafton and Sauter – but also duke it out with the younger guys like myself who are trying to make a name. We got a sniff of that at Charlotte but at Texas it was all out.”

“I am so pumped about getting back in a truck, I really am.”

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About AM Racing

AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.

 

CONTACT:

pr@amracing.racing

Justin Fontaine looks for solid finish in Pocono Raceway ARCA debut

LONG POND, Pa. – Less than a week from competing on the smallest track on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour, AM Racing and their development team Win-Tron Racing set their sights with newcomer Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) for his Pocono Raceway debut in Friday’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200.

Returning to ARCA last weekend since suffering a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae during a late-race accident in ARCA’s season-opening at Daytona International Speedway in February, Fontaine quickly burst back onto the scene appearing to not miss a beat.

After starting 12th in the Shore Lunch 250 at Elko, Fontaine minded his manners to a solid 11th place finish completing all but one lap in his Elko Speedway debut.

On Friday afternoon, Fontaine looks to break into the top-10 and continue to tally firm top-15 performances as he continues to adapt and learn.

“Elko went very well, all things considered,” said Fontaine. “We had a good day and night. I learned a lot about our No. 33 ProMATIC Toyota Camry throughout the day. I got a little too comfortable with my pace during the race and that’s how we found ourselves a lap down.”

“I learned from that though. It’s going to be a whole new ballgame this week at Pocono Raceway, but I’m ready for the next challenge and continue to build my ARCA resume.”

To familiarize himself with Pocono’s Tricky Triangle, Fontaine was one of 30 drivers who elected to partake in an open test session at the 2.5-mile speedway Wednesday. While the session was stalled for most of the day by a damp race track, Fontaine did get to turn his first laps in Long Pond shortly before 2:00 p.m.

When the session concluded, Fontaine timed in 18th quickest.

“Wrapped up my test session at Pocono and it felt great,” said Fontaine, a development driver for AM Racing. “Pocono was nothing like I’ve ever experienced before, but it felt great to make some laps in our No. 33 ProMATIC / Techline Toyota Camry.”

“We picked up every time I turned a lap and we showed good consistency throughout the day. Looking forward to seeing what we can put together Friday.”

Part of Fontaine’s learning experience included checks and balances. Finding more speed sometimes means sifting out of your comfort zone and trying new lines. The Fletcher, N.C. native did that on Wednesday and rubbed the wall in the Tunnel Turn.

While the damage was minimal to his car, Fontaine said he learned from it.

“I’m glad I did it Wednesday rather than during qualifying or the race on Friday,” noted Fontaine on the right-side scrap. “I’m going to be doing a lot of studying before I get back on the track. I have a feeling when I come back to Pocono at the end of July, I’m going to feel a little more like a veteran.”

Win-Tron Racing team Principal Kevin Cywinski who attended the Pocono Raceway test says Fontaine achieved the goals set before him.

“Pocono isn’t a place you get comfortable with in just a lap or two,” added Cywinski. “But, by the end of the day – Justin seemed like he knew where he needed to be and was eager for more track time. We accomplished our goals for the test and now we feel confident going into Friday with the outlook that we can concentrate solely on race setup.”

“A top-10 finish without a doubt is achievable for Justin in his Pocono debut.”

While sticking with a heavy ARCA schedule for now, Fontaine’s focus is expected to turn towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he’ll compete in a limited schedule this summer in an AM Racing entry.

The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 (80 laps / 200 miles) is the eighth of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri. June 9 with an hour and 25-minute practice session planned from 9:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later that day shortly after 5:30 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (ET).

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Justin Fontaine, please like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

 

About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.

 

About Win-Tron Racing:

Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

 

About ProMATIC Automation:

ProMATIC Automation Inc. specializes in the design and build of custom factory automation equipment. With complete in-house capabilities of design, programming, fabrication, machining, electrical and mechanical assembly, ProMATIC can manage project resources and coordinate manufacturing efforts to provide quality, on-time automation project implementation.

ProMATIC Automation, Inc. has extensive experience in the integration of high-level automation technologies like robotics, laser, vision, and dispensing systems along with many years of combined experience in the design and machining of custom manufactured components.

For more information on ProMATIC Automation please visit promaticautomation.com.

 

CONTACT: pr@amracing.racing

Austin Wayne Self readies Texas Motor Speedway return

FORT WORTH, Tex. – Riding the momentum from two consecutive top-15 finishes in his most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), AM Racing driver Austin Wayne Self seeks to keep the momentum train rolling in Friday night’s winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Not only is Texas Motor Speedway considered Self’s hometown track, but the 1.5-mile speedway is the site of one of Self’s career-best finishes on an intermediate track last June.

“I can’t wait to get back on the track this week,” said Self, a native of Austin, Texas. “We’ve had a lot of good things happen with our AM Racing team over the last month or so and we really need to carry this momentum to Texas on Friday night.”

“It an important race for a lot of reasons, I consider Texas Motor Speedway to be my home track and I always strive to do better than I did last time. Not only for myself but also for the team and partners that we have on board.”

Armed with a similar truck that he raced at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway last month, Self says he hopes he can take with what he learned in his 12th-place finish and apply it at Texas.

“I have a couple starts in a truck at Texas, but this weekend will be a little different,” Self explained. “Texas has an adjusted layout and new asphalt. That has the tendency to make things a little interesting.”

“Thankfully, we have three practice sessions on Thursday to dial in our No. 22 Toyota Tundra and see what we can come up with for the race. As good as we ran at Charlotte, I would be disappointed with anything less than another top-15 finish.”

Self, 22, will make his third career NCWTS start at Texas Motor Speedway with a track best of 13th after starting 18th last June. Earlier this year Self scored his career-best finish in trucks with a runner-up showing in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in Feb.

The winstaronlinegaming.com 400k (167 laps / 250.5 miles) is the seventh of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on June 8 from 3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m., a second practice session has been etched from 5:00 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. with a final practice session is set for 7:00 p.m. – 7:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., June 9 beginning at 4:35 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

 

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.

 

CONTACT:

pr@amracing.racing