Self Fights Ill Handling Car at Memphis
Visiting the .750-mile Memphis International Raceway for the first time, Self and crew we’re optimistic for a solid run Saturday. A track notoriously rough on tires, the crew spent most of their practice session working on the long-run balance of the car. Taking the green flag shortly after qualifying seventh, Self had his hands immediately fighting a loose racecar. Making sure to stay on the lead lap, Self brought his No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota to pit road under the first break, for a round of much needed adjustments. Offering little solace to the ill-handling machine, Self continued to battle on. Radioing his crew under the second break, Self reported that the balance of the car was off. Digging deep for the final 50-lap stint, Self was able to claw his way towards the top-five, ultimately bringing home a sixth place finish.
Start – 7 Finish – 6 Points – 2nd
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“Definitely a tough day for us. We just couldn’t get a grasp on the balance of our car. We fought a really loose condition all day. I’m excited to put that one behind us and try to go to two tracks I’ve been successful at in the past to try and finish our year out strong.”
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.