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NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self has been reinstated from his suspension.
Earlier this month, NASCAR revealed Self had been suspended indefinitely for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Penalty policy.
“It has been incredibly disheartening since learning the results from the random drug test taken earlier this season at Daytona, through our sanctioning body, and for the news announced today,” Self said in an apology posted to his Twitter account April 2. “I will work closely with NASCAR through this process to learn more about what has happened and to ensure that I am able to return to competition as quickly as possible.”
Self has since completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program and has been reinstated for competition. He will pilot AM Racing’s No. 22 Truck Series entry in Friday afternoon’s race at Dover International Speedway.
Hey guys – Thank you all so much for your continued support, encouragement, and prayers through this difficult season of my life.
Truly am looking forward to being back at home in the truck this weekend alongside my crew working hard to secure a great finish. ??
— Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) April 30, 2019
Bubba Wallace piloted the No. 22 Chevrolet during Self’s absence at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway last month. He finished 10th and 20th, respectively.
— AM Racing (@AMRacingNASCAR) April 30, 2019
Self has 66 career starts in the Truck Series, including a career-best runner-up finish in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in 2017.
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Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.