Monday, October 16, 2017

Michael Self Wins the #KNWest Race From Pole

Michael Self Wins the K&N Pro Series Race From Pole

Self Dominates at All American Speedway

Race Weekend Information
  • Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Event: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by TriCo Welding Supply
  • Track: All American Speedway
  • Series: NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
  • Driver: Michael Self
  • Car: No. 9 Sunrise Ford Ford Fusion
  • Team: Sunrise Ford Racing
  • Crew Chief: Jeff Schrader

On September 30th, Self made his way to victory lane for the first time since 2013 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driving the No. 9 Sinclair Oil Ford Fusion at the .25-mile Meridian Speedway, in Meridian, Idaho. The win marked the seventh of Self’s career in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition.

However, it did not take long for the young driver to capture his next 2017 victory.

Before the driver from Salt Lake City, Utah, returned to the third-mile All American Speedway in Roseville, CA, he had some trepidation.

I’m a little undecided on how I feel going in to this weekend. Despite being the track I learned how to race stock cars on back when I was driving late models, it’s plagued me in the K&N cars. I got a few wins here back in the late model days, but my luck in the big cars has just been absolutely terrible despite being fast. There have been times when I’ve had a dominant car here, but been wrecked by lapped traffic, or cut a tire, or had something go wrong. Regardless of all that, we’re coming off a huge win at Meridian a few weeks which I’m still pumped up about, and I’m looking forward to trying to finish this season with the Sunrise Ford guys out on a high note. It’s been awesome getting to know all those guys, and to have the opportunity to grow and now capture a win with them.”

As it turned out, Michael’s Roseville jinx was not present last Saturday. 

Fastest in practice and the Coors Light Pole Award winner, Self-led 137 laps en route to his second straight K&N Pro Series West win. After losing the lead on the initial start, he reclaimed it on Lap 13 and never looked back, as he crossed the finish line 2.946 seconds ahead of eventual second-place finisher Todd Gilliland.

"That's the best short track car I've ever run right there," Self said. "When you come to these places, you gotta have a car that turns in the center really good, but also has drive off the corners and doesn't get loose on you. That's the ultimate challenge on a short track, and we had both here tonight. That's so, so rare. The car was so good, and never had any fall off, and that's what you look for. Keeping the balance in the car every lap was the most important thing, and we were able to stretch it out."

Watch it: Thursday, October 19, 2017, NBCSN 3:30pm EST

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Race Results

  1. Michael Self
  2. Todd Gilliland
  3. Chris Eggleston
  4. Derek Kraus *
  5. Will Rodgers *
  6. Nicole Behar
  7. Cole Moore
  8. Blaine Perkins
  9. Kody Vanderwal *
  10. Max Tullman *
  11. Todd Souza
  12. Matt Levin
  13. Stafford Smith
  14. Takuma Koga
  15. Trevor Cristiani *
  16. Ron Norman
  17. Hollis Thackeray *
  18. Bill Kann
  19. Jesse Iwuji
  20. John Wood
  21. Julia Landauer
  22. Josh Fanopoulos *
  23. Jonas Fors *
* Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender


Fastest Qualifier: Michael Self
Time: 13.412 Seconds
Speed: 89.383 mph
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 42 mins, 37 secs
Average Speed: 70.325 mph
Margin of Victory: 2.946 Seconds

Caution Flags:   4 for 18 laps.
  • Laps 6-9 (#10 Spin T2 No FP)
  • Laps 18-21 (#14 Spin T4 No FP)
  • Laps 67-72 (#13 & #86 Spin T4 FP=32)
  • Laps 89-92 (#86 Spin Front Stretch FP=13)
Lap Leaders
  • Chris Eggleston 1-13
  • Michael Self 14-150
Total Laps Led: 1 changes involving 2 drivers
  • Michael Self 137
  • Chris Eggleston 13

Top 10 Driver Points:

  1. Todd Gilliland 567 
  2. Chris Eggleston 556 
  3. Derek Kraus * 486 
  4. Will Rodgers * 484 
  5.  Michael Self 482 
  6. Todd Souza 437 
  7. Julia Landauer 419 
  8. Kody Vanderwal * 414 
  9. Blaine Perkins 411 
  10. Nicole Behar 410

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