Michael Self Endure Tricky Day at Pocono Resulting in 11th Place Finish
Concord, North Carolina (June 2, 2019) – ARCA Menards Series’ points leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) endured a frustrating day but was good enough to finish 11th in Friday’s ARCA Menards Series General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible200 at Pocono Raceway.
Self, who qualified third in his green and white Sinclair Oil Toyota was shuffled back at the onset of the race when the car began losing power at the drop of the green flag due to a faulty alternator. Despite that issue, Self kept his car inside the top-10 virtually all day. Racing in the fifth position just before the halfway point Self’s day would take another turn as more mechanical gremlins slowed his car when a right-rear axle broke, keeping the 28-year-old driver from advancing. Forced to pit multiple times during the second half of the race due to complete loss of power, Self would gut it out behind the wheel and cross the stripe four laps down in the 11th position.
“What a frustrating day,” said a dejected driver just moments after exiting his car on pit road. “Shannon (Rursch) and the twenty-five Sinclair Oil team worked hard all week and unloaded a really fast car on Friday after we struggled in the test on Wednesday, but we had some issues early in the race with the alternator and when we broke the axle we just can’t overcome all that. It’s not the day we wanted. Venturini Motorsports gives us great cars every week and we’ve got a great team of guys working on all these cars, we’ve just been plagued with some bad luck this year with part failures – it’s just part of racing I guess.”
Despite the disappointing finish, Self, a two-time winner on tour this season leaves Pocono with a 30-point advantage in the driver point standings over Bret Holmes.
Self and the ARCA Menards Series will look to rebound in the next event on Friday, June 7 at Michigan International Speedway.