Michael Self Falls Short After Dominating Performance at Charlotte
Concord, North Carolina (May 24, 2019) – The heat was on Thursday night in North Carolina for round seven of the ARCA Menards Series schedule and the running of the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Unaffected by the high temperature and humidity on race day, Michael Self dished out his own heat starting the day off earning his second consecutive General Tire Pole Award.
Starting on the pole for the third time in his ARCA racing career, Self shot out of the gate assuming a commanding lead early during the midweek 100-lap event. Flexing his muscle, the 27-year-old championship contender dominated the first 91-laps until an unforced error spoiled the seemingly guaranteed celebration in victory lane.
With nearly a three second lead with 14 laps remaining, the four-time series winner pushed the car hard into turn one causing the rear end to slide out and scrape the wall bringing out a late race caution.
Deciding not to come down pit road for tires after the spin the No. 25 team stayed on the track maintaining its top position. While Self stayed out the other competitors pitted under yellow. Upon the restart, Self was quickly overtaken by cars and was forced to relinquish his previous commanding lead.
Dropping back to the 12th position as the race went into overtime, a caution with three laps remaining allowed Self to bring his Sinclair Oil Toyota to pit road and put on a new set of General Tires. Self knifed his green and white Camry back up through the field where he’d finish fifth as he crossed the stripe while the checkered flag waived.
“I made a huge mistake and it cost us the win tonight,” said Self. “I just hate it. We had an absolute rocket ship tonight but I just got greedy at the end and made a really bad mistake, then we compounded that with not pitting for tires with 10 laps to go. This one will sting for a few days but we’ll regroup and move onto Pocono next week. I had a ton of fun driving my Sinclair Oil Toyota all day today, and we were so fast, I’m really excited for the rest of these big tracks. I can’t thank my guys enough for giving me such fast cars to race each and every week – and Sinclair for their continued support. We’ll try and be back just as strong next week and finish what we weren’t able to tonight.”
Despite his misfortunes Self still turned in a solid performance and expanded his lead in the point standings. Self holds a 55-point advantage of second place tie Travis Braden and Bret Holmes and a 115-point lead over teammate Christian Eckes who occupies the fourth spot in the series standings.
Next up for Self and the ARCA Menards Series is the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway on Friday, May 31. Practice starts at 9 am ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 12 noon. The race is scheduled to start at 5:45 pm ET and will be televised live on FS2 with a same day replay on FS1 at 8 pm ET.