Michael Self Battles to Sixth-Place Finish at Iowa Speedway
Michael Self and the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry entered the weekend’s Shore Lunch 150 at Iowa Speedway with high hopes of a trip to victory lane. Sharing the track with IndyCar, the ARCA Menards Series had a one-hour practice session Saturday afternoon. Self and crew chief Kevin Reed spent most of the session working on tire management and the cars handling for the evenings race. The starting field was set off current Sioux Chief Showdown points, with Self rolling off in the third position. Sending most of the race well inside the top-five, Self visited pit road twice, both at the end of the stages, where he took four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments each time. Continuing to battle inside the top-five, Self was also battling a slick race track from the afternoons relentless sun. He would wrestle his No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry home to a sixth place finish when the checkered flag waved.
Start – 3 Finish – 6 Points – 1st
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“Bit of a rough day for us as a team at Iowa Speedway. We tried a new package for this race and just couldn’t make it work. We all know we aren’t necessarily where we want to be, performance-wise right now, so we’ll go back and sit down and try and figure out what we’re missing. We’ve got some of the best guys in the garage building our cars and coming up with setups, so we’ll get things figured out and move forward.”
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.