Rain Shortened Race Puts Damper on Self’s Night at Indy
Concord, North Carolina (October 8, 2019) - With championship consideration on the line, Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) finished sixth in last Saturday night’s rain shortened Herr’s Potato Chip 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Self, who went into round 19 of 20 leading the ARCA Menards Series Championship chase by the narrowest of margins over Christian Eckes gave up the spot after coming up a few positions short to his teammate who finished second when the race was called 33-laps before the scheduled finish.
The shakeup in the point standings leaves Self 15 points behind Eckes with one race remaining.
Self, who ran a solid race but was clearly disappointed with the outcome after Indianapolis was direct when asked about the shift in points going in to the final event.
“Just a disappointing night,” said Self. “It just feels like this is kind of how our year has gone most of the season. We’ve had a lot of races where it’s felt like there’s just been something that makes it a hard night. Unfortunately, the 15 crew had a better pit stop there at the end and we restarted fifth instead of fourth. On that last restart the top lane got going really well and the bottom lane got completely crowded up and we got put in the middle three wide and bounced around. I don’t know. We just struggled a bit – didn’t have good balance on the car all night, really tight for the most part.”
Asked about entering the final race at Kansas as one of the race favorites Self was quick to respond.
“I don’t have anything to lose. Doesn’t matter what happens at this point, we’re going to Kansas to win.”
Down but not out, Self and his Sinclair Oil backed Toyota team will be ready next week when the spotlight shifts to Kansas Speedway with the ARCA Championship on the line.
The ARCA Kansas 150 and the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway will close the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season on Friday, October 18. Practice opens the day at 1 pm ET/12 n CT followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. The 100-lap/150-mile feature event will go green at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm CT and will be shown live on FS2 with an immediate replay on FS1.