Wrong Place, Wrong Time as Michael Self Exits Music City 200 at Nashville Early
Concord, North Carolina (May 7, 2019) - Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) endured a tough luck race after crashing out and finishing 15th in Sunday’s ARCA Menards Series’ Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
Self, already with two wins on the season, came into last weekend’s Nashville race atop the driver point standings looking to extend his early season success.
After starting fifth, Self quickly moved into fourth-place and within striking distance early on in the race. However, running strong and biding his time Self’s day came to an abrupt end on lap 73 when Ty Gibbs (No. 18) attempting to pass a lap car, spun Tommy Vigh (No10) outside Self’s windshield going into turn two. With nowhere to go Self plowed into Vigh.
Taking on significant front end damage to his Sinclair Oil backed Toyota, the 28-year old driver was forced to retire early. Shades of Daytona, this was the second time in five races Self has been dealt a bad hand on track.
“I don’t think there’s any other way to look at it other than frustrating and disappointing,” said Self post-race. “We came in to this race weekend with good momentum, and feeling strong about our short track program, and we came out with a car that’s completely wrecked due to someone else’s impatience. It sucks, but we came back strong from a similar situation after Daytona, and hopefully we can do the same after this.”
Despite the disappointing finish, Self remains in the championship hunt occupying the second spot in the standings just 30 points behind Travis Braden.
“You have to move forward,” Self said. You definitely can’t dwell on something like that. I’ll sit around and think about what I could have done differently and store any ideas in my memory bank, but for now we just look ahead to Toledo which will be a new track for me, know that our team still has good chemistry and that the 25 guys have brought fast cars to every race this year, and look forward to what’s ahead.”
The ARCA Menards Series returns to action Sunday, May 19 in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway. The race will be televised live on MAVTV starting at 2 pm ET and ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com