Solid Day at Gateway Ends After Mid-Race Wreck
Starting from the pole based off of Sioux Chief Showdown points, Michael Self took the green flag and led the first 11-laps in his No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry. Battling a single groove racetrack, track position quickly became key, as Self reported an extremely tight racecar. Taking advantage of the first break on lap-40, crew chief Kevin Reed brought Self to pit road for a myriad of changes to help combat the tight issue. Self rejoined the field and immediately set out to track down the leader. Reporting the handling was better, but still needing more, Reed once again brought Self to pit road during the second break. The changes under the second break did the trick, as Self was steadily posting some of his fastest times of the day. Unfortunately tragedy struck on lap-102, while passing a competitor, Self was forced into the upper groove of the track, immediately loosing grip, his car was sent spinning, suffering heavy damage. Limping the car to pit road, his No. 25 Venturini Motorsports team went to work repairing the car the best they could. Self would go on to finish the race, five laps down, in the 15th position.
Start – 1 Finish – 15 Points – 1st
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“Rough finish to what started as a decent day. All on me. Just made a mistake and got out of the groove and lost control. On the bright side, we made some positive gains on the setup side and the Venturini Motorsports Sinclair Oil crew guys made solid changes throughout the race. On to I-44 Speedway.”