Friday, August 14, 2020

Michael Self’s Daytona Road Course Preview

Michael Self’s Daytona Road Course Preview

Race Weekend Information

  • Date: Friday, August 14
  • Event: General Tire 100
  • Track: Daytona International Speedway Road Course
  • Series: ARCA Menards Series
  • Watch It Live: MAVTV, 5:00pm ET
  • Saturday 6:00pm ET
  • Driver: Michael Self
  • Car: No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry
  • Team: Venturini Motorsports
  • Crew Chief: Kevin Reed

Michael Self’s Daytona Road Course Preview (#ARCA)

A Look Back: Self brought home a third place finish at Michigan Speedway, matching his best finish since the ARCA Menards Series has returned to action after a brief pause due to COVID-19 after the second race of the season. Self and the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota crew have fought handling issues since the return to action, but the podium finish felt like a step in the right direction for the team. Self left Michigan leading the championship standings by just four points.

A Look Ahead: The series will now head to its first road course event since 2017. The original 2020 schedule had two road course races planned at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course and Watkins Glen, but both were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Daytona race replaces Watkins Glen, and will be the first time the series has run on the historic 3.61-mile track. Self, who coaches road racing on a regular basis, will be making his first road course start in the ARCA Menards Series. 

Michael Self / No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry

Self on the Daytona Road Course:  
“Just the thought of finally going to a road course has me as excited as I have been for any race this year. I’ve been wanting to run an ARCA car on a road course for so long, but things just haven’t worked out to make it happen. This year, I was ecstatic to see two great road courses on the original schedule, then a bit heartbroken when they were both cancelled. I’m really glad we were able to replace at least one of them with another road race. The Daytona road course is a historic track. I’ve gone to the Trans Am race each year for the last couple as a coach for the Mike Cope Racing team, so I’m very familiar with the track, and really excited to be driving it this weekend.” 

About Michael Self: A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Self is an accomplished road racer, four-time Utah State Karting champion, eight-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner, and eight-time ARCA Menards Series winner. Self has made seven 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 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship from the spotter’s stand and as a driver’s coach. 

Self returned to consistent competition in 2017 and finished fourth in the NKNPSW championship standings with two wins, seven top-fives, and 13 top-10’s in 13 starts, as well as one win, and four top-fives in six ARCA Racing Series starts. Self captured his second career ARCA Racing Series victory in the 2018 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. In 2019 Self competed full-time in the ARCA Menards series finishing second in the championship standings with four wins, 14 top-fives, and 15 top-tens in 20 starts. This year, you can catch Self behind the wheel of the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry in every ARCA Racing Series event.

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