Michael Self Battles Handling Late at Pocono Raceway
Michael Self and the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry led the field to the green flag for the 90-lap General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway. Self found himself battling teammate Chandler Smith early on for the lead, sparring back and forth around the 2.5-mile triangle track. With the first of two-break pit stops coming on lap-21, Self brought his Camry to pit road and the attention of crew chief Kevin Reed. The duo worked out several changes to make as well as taking four tires and fuel. Shortly after the restart, Self once again found himself leading the pack at the “Tricky Triangle.” Caution slowed the field once more for the second pit-stop break on lap-51, where Self called for another round of adjustments to try and help the handling of his car. Through the ensuing laps and the setting sun, Self reported his car became increasingly tight and difficult to handle. Wrestling the car for the last few laps, Self brought home the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry in fifth place.
Start – 1 Finish – 5 Points – 1st
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“Little bit of a frustrating result for us given we were so strong early on. Pocono Raceway has been a hard track for me to figure out from a balance standpoint and the changes I requested during our last pit stop were just a little too aggressive, causing the car to get really tight throughout the final run. It was good to lead some laps and I feel like I learned a lot so I’ll take that forward and really try to improve for the next time I race there. The Sinclair Oil crew did a great job building a really fast Toyota Camry, so we’ll take that and move on to some track I’m more comfortable at.”
About Venturini Motorsports
With over 65 victories, the 2019 ARCA Menards Series champions, Venturini Motorsports, are an official Toyota Racing Development team, and have been a permanent fixture in the ARCA Menards Series since 1983 and are considered one of the early pioneers in NASCAR driver development programs.
Since Joey Logano, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion, raced for the team in 2007, VMS has gone onto assist many of the sports’ top driver prospects in pursuit of making it to the highest levels of stock car racing.
The growing list of drivers racing today in one of NASCAR’s top-three touring series include current Toyota drivers Erik Jones, Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith, Brandon Jones, Todd Gilliland, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed and Natalie Decker. VMS Alumni also include Joey Logano, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace, Matt Tifft, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley.