Michael Self Charges to Third Place Finish After Late Race Scuffle at Kentucky
Michael Self and the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry rolled off from the first starting position in Saturday’s General Tire 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Early on, Self would hold a commanding lead over the rest of the field, as he continually laid down the fastest lap times. Stage one ended on lap-30 with Self coming to pit road in the third position. Crew Chief Kevin Reed would call for four tires, fuel and a small adjustment before Sending the No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota back on-track. Making quick work of the restarts, Self found himself running second, chasing down the leader. After the end of the second stage, Self reported his car was just a little free on entry. Reed once again went to work, and Self would restart second. Driving to the front, the leader tried to crowd Self entering the turn, forcing both cars up the track and almost sending them spinning. Self would regain control, albeit in the seventh position. Never deterred, Self piloted his Camry through the field, ultimately bringing home the third position as the checkered flag waved.
Start – 1 Finish – 3 Points – 1st
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“My Venturini Motorsports guys did a really good job of giving me a fast Sinclair Oil Toyota all day at Kentucky Speedway. We made good changes in practice and I feel like we definitely had a car that was capable of winning. I made an aggressive move to try and take the lead and get clean air after the second stage break and unfortunately it just wasn’t enough and it cost me a ton of track position. It was fun fighting back through the field for a third-place finish, but our team wants more. We’ve got cars that are plenty capable of winning races, we’ve just got to close the deal. I’m confident we’ll get back in victory lane soon.”
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.