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Fontaine to Make Truck Debut at Martinsville

AM Racing will have a new face behind the wheel of its No. 22 Toyota when the Camping World Truck Series stops at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.

Justin Fontaine will make his series debut in the truck, which has been driven by rookie Austin Wayne Self all season.

Fontaine, 19, hails from Ashville, N.C. and has raced in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series the last three years. He also has four career starts in the K&N Pro Series East with a best finish of 13th at Dominion Raceway in May.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining AM Racing for my upcoming NASCAR Truck event at Martinsville Speedway,” Fontaine said. “After spending time at the shop with the team and going over the truck, I feel confident our Toyota will be fast off the truck. I can’t thank everyone at the team for the effort they’ve put in to get us ready for the race.”

Self will sit out Martinsville but will be back in the No. 22 at Texas. He believes Fontaine in the truck helps build a foundation for the team’s future as it hopes to have a second full-time ride in 2017.

Said Self: “The best interest of the team always comes first. This was a business decision made in the best interest of the team. I’m excited for Justin and the direction our team is headed. Allowing him to get behind the wheel at Martinsville is a big step for our team and allows Justin the opportunity to gain valuable seat time so he can come back and compete with us in a larger role. I’ll be offering him all the support I can while I prepare for my next start at Texas.”

Saturday’s race will be the first NASCAR national series race in Fontaine’s career. AMR will also make it’s debut at the track as the first-year team failed to qualify for Martinsville in the spring.

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Win-Tron Racing, AM Racing Announce New Partnership

ARCA Championship team Win-Tron Racing and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team AM Racing announced Tuesday they are joining forces for the remainder of the 2016 season through next year.

The newly formed co-branded operation will be based out of Mooresville, N.C., at Win-Tron’s existing motorsports complex there.

Not only with the consolidated entity provide full-time racing programs, but it will also provide support services for race teams such as logistics, transportation, set up and a pull-down rig.

The joint effort, along with the knowledge and expertise of principle members Kevin Cywinski and Tim Self, will deliver cost efficient quality racing programs to selected drivers in both the NCWTS and the ARCA Series while leveraging the cost efficiencies associated with shared assets and resources.

“Tim’s experience in business administration is outstanding albeit apparent, but his ability to build high-value partnerships and bring new partners to the table is very exciting,” said Cywinski, who is the owner of Win-Tron Racing. “The foundation and team he has assembled in 2016 for their first, seven months is incredible, given that they started this season from scratch in December… We are going to do some really great things together, both on and off the track, before the season is over.”

Self, who owns AM Racing along with Central Texas Speedway located in Kyle, T.X., shared a similar sentiment, stating that, “Kevin has a proven track record in the racing business as evidenced by his multiple wins and Championships. I bring efficient business processes and cost models along with a sales and marketing component that coalesces the Driver/Team/Sponsorship/Activation Model and delivers the best value for all partners.”

In preparation for the 2017 season, Win-Tron is currently assembling a two-car program for the 2017 ARCA Series, with one full-time driver in the No. 32 Toyota and multiple developmental drivers in the No. 33 Toyota. AM Racing, on the other hand, will field the No. 22 Toyota Tundra full-time next season, with a second truck running a partial season.

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