Central Texas teen debuts rookie season in Daytona

Central Texas race fans will be cheering a little louder this weekend as one of their own hits the track. Austin Wayne Self will debut in Daytona for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

"This is his backyard and his home track," said Meredith Murray, general manager for Central Texas Speedway.

Murray and her team at CTS are some of Self's biggest fans.

Chris Baker is the race director for the Go-Karts. Baker has watched Austin's career take off.

"I just told his Dad throw him out there," said Baker.

The two stay in touch when Self is on the road. "I talk to Austin all the time we keep in communication whether it's about his mental game plan. He's hard wired to drive," said Baker.

At four Self got behind the wheel of a kart and that's when his passion for Motorsports kicked into high gear.

"I think the role has switched now. Austin has picked up everything and did so at a young age. I think he's got something up his sleeve he could teach me," added Baker.

The 19-year-old cut his teeth on the track in Kyle.

"It's going to be exhilarating to see that kid and see what he does. We've all worked hard to help him get to where he is," said Murray. From Go-Karts to big cars Self will race into his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Daytona.

"It's the mecca as far as the racing world is concerned," said Baker.

Self only has one goal and that's to win. He says he'll give it his all until the checkered flag is waved.

"He will be a cup driver right there with the big boys. We hope he has a good season," said Baker.

His biggest fans will be watching.

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