Michael Self Comes Home Third at Michigan
Looking to try and repeat on his success from 2019 in the Irish Hills of Michigan, Michael Self and the Sinclair Oil team entered the weekend with high hopes. Continuing with the condensed weekend schedule, officials held a short, 30-minute practice session here everyone got five-laps on the track. Self would end the session third and with the field set on Owner’s Points, start third. Immediately after taking the green flag, Self radioed Crew Chief Kevin Reed that his car was extremely unresponsive in the corners. Under the lap-30 Stage 1 break, Self came to pit road where Reed made several big adjustments to fix the handling problems. The adjustments worked and Self quickly found himself charging towards the leaders. With track position so crucial and no late restarts to bunch up the filed, Self would bring home the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota third.
Start – 3 Finish – 3 Points – 1st
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“Third is definitely a step in the right direction for our team. The crew made some really good changes when our car wasn’t very good after the first stage and they got the balance of the car really good. With some better track position I think we could’ve contended with the front two, but we’ve got to keep working on things and figure out how to find a little more speed on the big tracks with this reduced horsepower.”
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.