Michael Self Finishes Third at Pocono; Maintains ARCA Points Lead with Five Races Remaining
Concord, North Carolina (July 28, 2019) - ARCA Menards Series championship leading driver Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) turned in another solid performance over the weekend finishing third at Pocono Raceway.
The first caution free race of the season, Self maintained focus during the quick 150-mile event en route to earning his 11th top-five finish of the season.
“We had a right rear tire go down and we had to pit early,” Self said. “Once the field cycled through and we didn’t get a caution it evened out for us, so not sure that actually had any effect on the outcome of the race for us. We weren’t close to second place and we were a ways ahead of fourth so we were just trying to make sure we didn’t do anything to give it away at the end.”
On the strength of his fourth consecutive top-five finish, Self, a three-time season winner, continues to lead the series championship standings with an unofficial 90-point advantage over teammate and Pocono race winner Christian Eckes who has now moved into second.
Looking down the final five race stretch and measuring up his chances the ARCA Series will visit two very familiar tracks in which Self has previously won - Salem Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Self has already won once earlier this year at Salem and drove to victory lane at Kansas in 2017.
Just as familiar as he is with those two tracks, Self, competing for a series championship for the first time in his career will also visit two tracks with no experience - Springfield and DuQuoin, both one-mile dirt tracks.
“Springfield and DuQuoin are both huge question marks for me. Not only have I never been to those tracks, I have very limited dirt experience. I’ve been in a micro sprint a handful of times and a dirt late model once, and that’s it. I have a lot of homework to do before we get to Springfield.”
The next race for the ARCA Menards Series is the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on Saturday, August 18. Practice on the one-mile dirt oval will begin at 10 am ET/9 am CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 12 n ET/11 am CT, and the 100-mile feature event will go green at 2:30 pm ET/1:30 pm CT. The race will be televised live flag-to-flag on MAVTV.