Michael Self Nets Two Top Five Finishes in Weekend Doubleheader at Bristol and Winchester
Having never raced at either Bristol Motor Speedway or Winchester Speedway, Michael Self was excited to try and tackle two new tracks this past weekend. He set out with his No. 25 Sinclair Oil Venturini Motorsports team to lead laps and come home with a top-five finish in both outings. First on deck was Bristol Motor Speedway, where rain would wash out all on-track activities before the race. Hitting the track for the first time when the green flag flew, Self made quick work moving into the top-five, even taking over the lead from lap-113 to lap-121, before crossing the finish line fifth, even after sustaining damage when a competitor lost a motor right in front of him. Riding some momentum, Self entered Saturday’s race at Winchester Speedway, another fast, high-banked track, with optimism. This time, the competitors were given a 30-minute practice window along with qualifying, where Self and crew chief Kevin Reed worked on their long-run race speed. Self, taking the green flag in second, would race all day right with the leader, battling down to the checkered flag, bringing home the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry second.
Bristol: Start – 7 Finish – 5
Winchester: Start – 2 Finish – 2 Points – 1st
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“It was a solid two races for us as a team. Without ever having driven at either track I wasn’t sure of what to expect, but the Venturini Motorsports crew put really good cars together which helped out a lot. We had a shot to win at Bristol (Motor Speedway) before getting damage when a car in front of us blew a motor and we were able to stay up front the whole race at Winchester Speedway. We’ll look to keep making progress and move on to another new track at Memphis (International Raceway) next weekend.”