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Self, Hessert nail ARCA top five finishes

by Bill Cawthon on

Austin Wayne Self, driving the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge Charger, was the runner-up in tonight’s Federated Auto Parts 200 that just ended at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan.

The race, the 14th in the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, was won by Grant Enfinger in the No. 90 Casite-Motor Honey-Allegiant Travel Chevrolet.

“I think they are getting tired of me coming in second,” Self commented after the race. “They all told me they want to see me win one of these. We had a great car tonight. Everyone at Cunningham worked so hard on this car. Grant just had a great car.”

Self’s Cunningham Motorsports teammate Tom Hessert came in fifth in the No. 77 Dodge.

Hessert was fourth in the driver point standings coming into tonight’s race; Self is seventh.

There were three other Dodges in the race: James Swanson finished 16th in the No. 0 Wayne Peterson Racing Dodge, just ahead of Roger Carter in the No. 97 Extreme Stunt & Driving Team Dodge. Ray Ciccarelli’s No. 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge was out ofter 58 laps with an oil leak.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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