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Austin Teen Makes NASCAR History

Photo by Jeff Garvin.
Austin Wayne Self took damage to his car before going on to win his second race of the night in Kyle on Saturday.

He's too young for a driver's license, but old enough to dominate in NASCAR, at least on the local and regional level

Austin Wayne Self became the first 15-year-old to win two premier division NASCAR races in the same night in Kyle on Saturday.  The Austin native first took the checkered flag in the Pro Modified division race, a division with specific rules about car components and modifications.

But the real excitement came in the Late Model race.  After a high-speed accident on the track, Self came back to win in dramatic fashion according to a press release:

With no hood, a damaged front end and a set of Goodyear Tires that had been locked up twice, Self began his amazing march to the front. He brought the crowd to a roar by choosing the outside line on every subsequent restart. That strategy paid off when he got by the 96 (RobertBarker) and then passed the 92 (Taylor Brandes) car for the lead. Self could go on to lead the balance of the race and take his second win of the night the hard way.

Earlier this year NASCAR lowered the minimum age of competitors in some events to 15.

Mose Buchele focuses on energy and environmental reporting at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mosebuchele.