Driver Austin Wayne Self indefinitely suspended from NASCAR

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 28: Austin Wayne Self (22) Tim Self Chevrolet Silverado looks on as his crew prepares his truck for the practice session for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series The Strat 200 on February 28, 2019, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Driver Austin Wayne Self has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy, NASCAR announced Monday.

Self was found to have violated Section 12.1 (actions detrimental to stock-car racing) and Section 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2019 NASCAR Rule Book, according to the NASCAR penalty report.

Self has made 66 career starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series from 2016-19, including three this season. He has one career top-five finish and five career top 10s, including a ninth-place run in this year’s season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway driving the AM Racing No. 22 Chevrolet.

Self, 23, must complete the NASCAR Road to Recovery program before reinstatement.

AM Racing — the Gander Trucks organization owned by Self’s father, Tim — issued a statement after Monday’s penalty news.

“AM Racing respects NASCAR’s decision and will follow their direction,” AM Racing’s statement read. “We expect Austin Wayne Self to return to the seat as quickly as possible. AM Racing will continue to operate as normal with a determination of a driver lineup set in the coming weeks. We expect to emerge from this challenge as a stronger team.”

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