Michael Self Endures Rain Crazed Weekend at Toledo to Earn Two Top-Five Finishes
Michael Self and the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry team were excited to hit the track at Toledo Speedway for a historic ARCA Menards Series double header. Switching gears from the 1.5-mile intermediate tracks to the short .500-mile bullring located in Toledo, Ohio, they set their sights on the checkered flags. With mother nature playing a factor almost the entire weekend, ARCA officials held one practice session Friday, where Self and Crew Chief Kevin Reed worked on their race-run speed and the varying setups they’d need from the night race of Friday to the day race Saturday. After starting Friday’s 200-lap race from the fourth spot, Self settled in working on keeping his machine inside the top-five. Utilizing the two break periods, he asked for several adjustments to try and combat the handling issues he was facing. He ultimately wrestled his car to a fifth place finish and immediately set his sights on Saturday’s race. Starting ninth, his car fired off much better than the previous night, before mother nature unleashed the rain storms and officials moved the race to Sunday. With optimism high, Self set his sights on the front of the field Sunday, as he worked his way up solidly into the top-five. Shortly after the first break concluded, mother nature once again popped up, causing a round of quick cautions, before ultimately forcing officials to end the race early on lap-127. Self would bring the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry home fourth.
Race 1: Start – 4 Finish – 5
Race 2: Start – 9 Finish – 4 Points – 1st
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“Overall I feel like this weekend was a step forward for us. We weren’t where we wanted to be on Friday, but still managed a top-five finish, then the crew made really good adjustments for Sunday’s race and I had the best car that I’ve had in a few weeks. We were able to drive from a poor starting position of ninth into the top-five quickly and contended with that group of front runners before the rain hit. We certainty aren’t content, but feel like we got things going in the right direction and hopefully can start building on that.”
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.