Thursday, August 1, 2013


2013 has proved to be the toughest year in the racing world for the 20 year old Pennsylvania native, After a delayed start to the 2013 season due to Austin having major knee surgery in January and having to delay the season until May. Austin came out of the box strong winning 4 out of his first 5 races along with a runner up finish in the Legends Modified season on dirt. Then Austin continued his early season form in the prestigious Summer Shootout series at Charlotte Motor Speedway opening up the 10 round series with a 3rd and 2nd place finish in the first two rounds! Then the bad luck began in Rd.3 of the Summer Shootout, Austin was running in the top 10 early in the race when his engine blew up catching on fire and being hit head on by another car breaking Austin's wrist. Even while Austin had to sit out the bad luck continued with Austin trailer being struck by lightening and burning it to the ground. Austin returned to the track on Monday night 7-29 for the Rd. 9 race of the Summer Shootout and the luck looked like it had finally turned back in the other direction. Austin had a strong start to the feature event after a quick yellow flag the strong 25 car field of Semi Pro drivers began to log laps and Austin was running in the 6th position on lap 22 of the 30 lap event with the top 5 cars in sight. Austin and the top 5 cars were working heavy lap traffic when the race director told the #10 car of Courtney Lefcourt to go high to give the bottom line to the lead pack. The 10 car stayed on the bottom through turns 1 and 2 before not looking in her mirrors and turning right up in front of Austin coming of turn 2 and putting Austin and another driver in the back stretch wall ending the night and re breaking Austin's wrist and the other driver's hand.We caught up with Austin after he got out of the ambulance- '' I was pacing myself for the final 10 laps running in the 6th spot being patient waiting to make my move and then coming out of turn 2 the #10 car made a right hand turn continued to pull up in front of me, I tried to check up and I got out of the gas but when I did the #77 car behind me got into me turning us both in the wall. This is the most frustrated I have ever been at the track, we can't catch a break lately.''Austin left the track and had to go to the hospital where he learned his wrist had been re broken. Austin will have to sit out for a few more weeks missing the final round of the Shootout and the prestigious race at the famous Bowman Gray Stadium. Austin and the whole team would like to thank his awesome sponsors for standing behind him during this rough patch lately-Cray Motorsports, Progenex, The SpiderTech Tape ,FK Rod Ends,Swift Springs, RX Jump Ropes, Flex Watches,Sparco, Grip4orce,Smith Optics, Soak Fitness,The Brake Man, Coolture Cooling vests, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions,R&B Transport Refinishing, Motorsports Tech,Motor Headz, Cowpatty Nation and Piranha Ultra Sonic Cleaning. Off the track Austin is currently pursuing his other passion working out and training hard to compete in the 2014 CrossFit Games Open that starts in March of 2014! For daily updates please Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @alangenstein7 and check my website at

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