Self Brings Home Third Consecutive Top-Five, Takes Points Lead at Talladega
Concord, North Carolina (April 29, 2019) - Over the weekend the ARCA Menards Series made its fourth tour stop on the season by kicking-off NASCAR weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with Friday's running of the ARCA General Tire 200.
Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) finished fifth and in doing so took over the lead in ARCA's driver point standings. Self has come on strong with two wins and three consecutive top-five finishes after a disappointing start of the season at Daytona.
Self started the race from the fifth position, but contact early on sent Self nearly spinning below the apron and out of line within the main pack. At the halfway point, Self had fallen nearly 30-seconds behind the leaders and was at danger of going a lap down before the first caution flew on lap 41 after Self’s Venturini Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes was involved in an accident coming to pit road.
"Couple close calls out there but in the end we were able to give Sinclair Oil and this 25 team another solid finish," said Self. "This is a place anything bad can happen at any time - and it almost did. Early in the race I saw the Daytona incident flash before my eyes when I got shuffled out of line. We fell to the back but thanks to a good pit stop we were able to drive back up to the front and put ourselves back in contention. We had a chance and I tried to make moves on the last lap but couldn't get the help to make it work."
Self regained his spot in the pack after an impressive pit stop from the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota pit crew, and worked his way back in to the top-five throughout the final 20-lap green flag run of the race. On the final lap, Self pulled out of the single-file line of cars entering turn one in attempt to give the make a run at the leaders, but the remainder of the drivers stayed in line which didn’t give Self the opportunity to advance.
“It’s tough in these ARCA races because the bodies react so strangely to the air here,” Self said. “When you’re in a single file line the get an air pocket between each car which makes it tough to really get a run on someone, but the side-drafting effect is also tremendous so if a guy gets next to you he can drag you both back. That’s kind of what happened on the last lap. I had a huge run getting in to turn one and wanted to try and make something of it and I was able to side draft the 22 and pull him back, but then no one got out of line to help me, so I couldn’t do much more.”
Self and the No. 25 Sinclair Oil crew will be back in action, and back on the small track this coming Saturday when the ARCA Series Presented by Menards will return to Nashville, Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. The General Tire Music City 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville will be televised live on MAVTV beginning at 9PM ET/8PM CT.