Michael Self Brings Home Top-10 Finish Despite Late Race Adversity
Michael Self and the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry immediately settled in for the 200-lap battle at Lucas Oil Raceway. Self found himself battling teammate Chandler Smith early on for the second position, before falling back to fourth before the first schedule break. During the first break on lap -70, Self and crew chief Kevin Reed decided to work on the handling of his Toyota Camry. After taking right side tires and fuel, Reed called for a round of adjustments. Restarting in the fourth position, Self once again set his sights on the leaders and found himself up to second by the halfway point of the race. Pitting once more on lap-140 for the second and final break, Self asked for another round of adjustments on his car to help with the handling. Wasting no-time on the restart, Self worked his way back to third. Continuing to set his sights on the leaders, a competitor started riding tight on Self’s left side. Shortly after, Self reported a flat left rear tire and was forced to pit under the green flag. Stuck several laps down with not much time remaining, Self brought home the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry in ninth place.
Start – 3 Finish – 9 Points – 1st
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“Definitely a disappointing finish to what was a pretty solid day early on. We made a ton of gains in practice and really felt like we learned a lot with our car. We raced in the top-three all night, then cut a tire due to some contact from someone trying to pass us with 20-laps to go, so tough end to end that way after running well at one of my worst tracks. We’ll move on and look forward to some of my favorite tracks coming up.”
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.