Solid Day at Gateway Ends After Mid-Race Wreck
With the unique distinction of being the only driver in the field to have won an ARCA Menards Series West race at Lebanon I-44 Speedway, optimism was high for Michael Self and his No. 25 Sinclair Oil team heading into the race. Even though Self was one of only a few drivers, to have ever even seen the track, practice was a welcome addition to the weekends schedule. Self would round out the 45-minute session with the sixth fastest time and would later go on to qualify fifth. Making quick work once the green flag flew, Self found himself up to second place, chasing down the leader, before chaos ensued. Racing his way through turn one and two, the third-place car became over aggressive and sent both he and Self spinning. Self was ultimately able to save his car from damage, but wouldn’t be so lucky later on, when racing inside the top-five, Self was once again sent spinning by a competitor, this time resulting in heaving damage after hitting the wall. Making quick work of the damage repair, Self’s crew managed to get him back on track, only losing one lap. He would limp his tattered car home sixth.
Start – 5 Finish – 6 Points – 1st
MICHAEL SELF QUOTE:
“Another rough day for our Sinclair Oil team unfortunately. I felt like we had a good car in practice and had decent speed at the start of the race, we drove up to second, then got wrecked and our car fell way off before ultimately getting wrecked again. Definitely frustrating to be caught up in bad racing like that, but all we can do is take the fact that our cars are getting better and try to get some luck on our side these last couple races.”
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.