Saturday, October 21, 2017

Michael Self Wins His First ARCA Event

Michael Self Wins His First ARCA Event

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Race Weekend Information
  • Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Event: Kansas 150
  • Track: Kansas Speedway
  • Series: ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards
  • Winning Driver: Michael Self
    • Car: No. 28 Sinclair Oil Chevrolet SS
    • Team: MDM Motorsports
    • Crew Chief: Mardy Lindley

Michael Self Wins His First #ARCA Event

On October 14th, Michael Self drove his No. 9 Sunrise Ford Ford Fusion to victory at All American Speedway in Roseville, California, competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The victory was Self’s second win in a row, and eighth in his NKNPSW career.

Six days later, Self piloted his No. 28 Sinclair Oil Chevrolet for the final time this season, competing in the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) season finale at Kansas Speedway with MDM Motorsports.

Michael had only one prior start at Kansas Speedway in the ARS at last year’s event; in which he finished third.

Michael Self Wins His First #ARCA Event
Before the race Self assertively proclaimed “I’m definitely excited about this one. I’ve been really fortunate and built some great momentum lately over on the K&N side of things, winning back-to-back races, so I’m hoping I can bring that with me this weekend. I’ve been so close to an ARCA win this year, I just haven’t been able to finish one off. I really like racing at the big tracks, and had a decent run at Kansas last year with the MDM group finishing third, so hopefully we can build off that. This is my last race in the Sinclair car for the time being so just really hoping we can go in and put on a good show for them and fans of the Sinclair car, and try and get it in to victory lane one more time.”

In keeping with his forecast and in an impressive manner, Self fought for the lead in the last restart of the race. He was not to be denied as he made himself the meat in the middle of a five-wide sandwich and barely squeezed through as the leader off turn two. From there the Salt Lake City, Utah driver held off a spirited charge from Ty Majeski to win the Kansas 150 Friday night, his career-first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory.

"I knew it was going to get hairy…I just kept my foot in it," said Self. "Once we got out in clean air, it was all about hitting your marks."

Self had some help from Kyle Larson's spotter, Derek Kneeland, when it came to hitting those marks.

"Once I got the lead, Derek came on the radio and said, 'listen to me. I want you to do exactly what I tell you to do.' I did exactly what he said and we were able to pull away from the 99. It's amazing how much a good spotter can help."

In the end Self, in the No. 28 Sinclair Oil Chevrolet, pulled away, crossing under the checkered flag 10 lengths in front of Majeski, who finished a career-best second in the No. 99 Treeo's Ford. 

Michael Self’s MDM Motorsports’ teammates Sheldon Creed, driving the No. 12 United Rentals/A.M. Ortega Construction Toyota and Zane Smith, driving the No. 41 ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota finished nineteenth and third correspondingly.

About Michael Self: A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Self is an accomplished road racer, four-time Utah State Karting champion, and six-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner. Self has made four starts in NASCAR XFINITY Series competition, driving for JD Motorsports. He scored a career-best 11th-place finish at Wisconsin’s Road America in 2015. In 2016, he helped guide Justin Haley to the NKNPSE championship from the spotter’s stand and as a driver’s coach. He returned to driving in the October 2016 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event at Kansas Speedway, where he earned a third-place finish. For live updates and breaking news, follow Self on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

About MDM Motorsports: MDM Motorsports is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series team based out of Mooresville, N.C. For more information about the team visit,  like the team on Facebook by searching MDM Motorsports or follow them on Twitter, @MDMMotorsports .

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