Special From ARCA…
(TOLEDO, Ohio – March 26, 2015) – With the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards not having a recent history at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, some drivers are making laps during private test sessions at the .596-mile paved oval. Austin Wayne Self was among the drivers to take in the facility Wednesday.
The Mason Mitchell Motorsports driver came away impressed with the track and hopes it translates into a good showing at the Troop Aid 200 on Saturday, April 11.
“Nashville is a character track for sure,” Self said. “The track tests the driver, and we’ll have to drive it smart. This test will put us ahead of the rest of the field, and we’ll be a threat to win here.”
Self has started the season with a 15th place finish at Daytona and a top-five at Mobile. He is third in driver point standings, behind Grant Enfinger and Josh Williams.
The Troop Aid 200 will be the first ARCA Racing Series event at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville track since David Green went to victory lane in 1992.
Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions Ford Fusion, said the track will test drivers.
“You have to be constantly thinking about a good line. It’s a critical thinking track,” he said. “Throughout the race I wouldn’t be surprised if a few mistakes might be made by other drivers.
“The test went really good, we found out a lot about the race car. We will have a really good setup come race day, we were faster than any of the other cars out there, so I’m confident. It’s a really cool track to drive on because the history there. I feel especially comfortable because it reminds me of a track back home in Texas.”
On-track activities for the Troop Aid 200 begin Saturday, April 11 with the first practice session from 12:15-1:00 p.m., followed by the second and final practice session from 1:45-2:30. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will take place at 4:15 Saturday afternoon. The Troop Aid 200 is set to start at 8 p.m.