Michael Self Overcomes Rouge Electrical Issues Early to Finish Second at Phoenix
After starting the 76-lap ARCA Menards Series race at Talladega Superspeedway from the fifth position, Michael Self and the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry quickly worked on getting in-line with the draft. As everyone else went single file immediately, Self found himself in the sixth position with no help out back. Working towards the mid-race break on lap-38, Self reported to crew chief Kevin Reed, that his car felt strong and he just needed better drafting partners. During the break, Self came to pit road where his team checked over the car and topped him off with fuel. Restarting in seventh, he quickly worked his way up to the front, locking together with his teammates. Poised to fully takeover the lead with two-laps to go, a competitor got into his right side, sending Self completely sideways on track. With some masterful driving, Self was able to regain control of his machine and work his way back up-front bringing home the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry in fifth place.
Start – 5 Finish – 5 Points – 1 Laps Led – 0
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“What a wild finish to an otherwise calm day. I figured the race was going to go one of two ways with people getting single file for lots of laps, or lots of really aggressive racing towards the front, and frankly we ended up getting a bit of both at the end. Our No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry worked better with some cars than with others and unfortunately during the first half I just couldn’t get lined up with someone that worked well with us and we lost the draft. After making a few small changes and trying some different things for the second half that kept us up there and put us in a really good position to contend for the win at the end. That was some extremely hard racing the last few laps and it was a lot of fun. We timed things perfect as a team to make a run for the lead and even though it didn’t work out for me, I’m glad VMS was able to get their first checkered flag at Talladega Superspeedway.”
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.