Concord, North Carolina (September 12, 2018) – Twenty-seven-year-old driver Michael Self will make his first career start on the high banks of Salem Speedway in Saturday night’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200.
Self, already a winner this season at Daytona and Chicago, returns to his green and white Sinclair Oil Dino Toyota for the first time since driving in July at Iowa Speedway. Self, a three-time series winner in 16 ARCA series starts, has recorded two victories, one pole and has led a total of 163-laps on the season driving for Venturini Motorsports.
“I’m really excited for my first race at Salem,” said Self. “I’ve been there a handful of times, spotting and coaching, but I’ve never raced there, and all I hear about is what a great track it is to drive. It looks like a ton of fun. Venturini Motorsports has had a ton of success there in the past, so I’m hoping to lean on them and learn enough to put ourselves in position to put the Sinclair Oil Toyota out front.”
Self’s reference to Venturini Motorsports success at Salem Speedway should be noted. The longtime ARCA Series team which recently won their 50th race at DuQuoin, has gone to victory lane seven times over the years at Salem Speedway, including three of the last five races since 2016. In addition to capturing checkered flags the team has recorded five General Tire Pole Awards since 2011 Salem.
Throughout his career, Self, a native of Park City, UT, has earned three series wins, 10 top-five’s and ten top-10’s during his ARCA driving career which started back in 2014 with Venturini Motorsports. He also earned his first career pole position earlier this year at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing from Salem Speedway is slated to go green Saturday, September 15 at 7:15pm. MAVTV will carry live broadcast coverage starting at 7:00pm. Spectator gates open on Saturday at 11:15 a.m., with practice getting underway at 12-noon. Qualifying is set for 3:00pm. All times Eastern Standard Time.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Over the last 35-years Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in professional motorsports. Known for long-time dominance in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Venturini Motorsports is held in high regard as one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the county. Since 2007, VMS has specialized in the career development of some of today’s top racing talent including current NASCAR “Stars” – Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Darryl ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhoads, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft, Brennan Poole, Dalton Sargeant, Justin Haley and Todd Gilliland. Integrity, dedication and continuous innovation paired with years of on-track success has helped define Venturini Motorsports as one of the longest tenured teams in all of modern day racing. In 2012, the Venturini racing family was recognized for their collective achievements and inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame – now finding themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Chip Ganassi, Andy Granatelli, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.