Michael Self Earns Second-Career Victory at Daytona and Third-Straight for Venturini Motorsports
CONCORD, N.C. (February 9, 2020) – Michael Self piloted his No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry to victory lane Saturday night in the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The victory is Self’s second at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway (2018) and the third straight for Venturini Motorsports.
Rolling into the week reunited with crew chief Kevin Reed, Self and team were ready to avenge last season’s runner-up position in the points standings and begin their quest for the 2020 ARCA Menards Series championship. Participating in only the first practice session Friday (2/7/2020), Self along with his teammates Drew Dollar (No. 15) and Ryan Repko (No. 20) spent a considerable amount of their on-track time drafting together. Self would end the session with the ninth fastest speed, setting him up for the first group to go out in qualifying the following day.
Working to keep their qualifying group in a single file order, Self managed to earn his first 2020 General Tire Pole Award with a fast speed of 182.061 MPH. With the top starting position, Self also earned one additional bonus point in the points standings.
With the green flag waving over Saturday nights marque event, Self paced the filed for the first 21-laps until the caution brought everyone to pit road. Pit strategy started early for his competitors, forcing Self to forgo the lead. But a well handling Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry, was just what Self needed to begin picking his way back to the front.
“I tell people a lot, one of the most important things to win this race is having a car that’s stable and drive-able,” Self said. “Speed isn’t necessarily the main thing that wins you this race. Kevin (Reed) and all the guys at Venturini Motorsports have done a phenomenal job giving us those Toyota Camry’s. It just makes life easier for us and to know we have speed on top of it.”
After a major on-track incident brought out the caution once more on lap-40, crew chief Kevin Reed brought the No. 25 team back to pit road for fuel. Self’s team out paced everyone else on pit-road allowing him to restart the race in first. Through two more ensuing cautions, Self would hold off a throng of tough competition, including his teammate Dollar, to lead 61-laps and park the No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry back in victory lane.
“To be able to win twice at Daytona (International Speedway) is unbelievable and the second time is every bit as sweet as the first. To be able to win with this group of people surrounding me, everyone at Venturini Motorsports, Sinclair Oil and Toyota is extra special. My family and a bunch of my friends we’re able to be here and that means everything to me. It was truly an amazing day for us and still a little bit surreal.”
Next up for the ARCA Menards Series and the No. 25 Sinclair Oil team is the ARCA Phoenix 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, March 6th.