Concord, North Carolina (April 04, 2018) – Going back to the final months of last season there’s arguably no hotter driver to suit up than 27-year old racer Michael Self. Self is red hot!
Winner of back-to-back ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races and four of his last five national touring starts (ARCA/K&N Pro Series) dating back to October 2017, Self enters this weekend’s Music City 200 at Nashville looking for his third consecutive ARCA trophy.
Coming off the biggest victory of his career in ARCA’s season opener at Daytona, Self, with his Venturini Motorsports prepared Sinclair Oil Toyota, now turns to the famed Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville aiming to keep his streak alive.
“The last few months have been truly amazing. Picking up where we left off at the end of last season and winning at Daytona was a dream come true. We’ve been incredibly strong and honestly with a little bit of luck we could’ve easily won a couple more races in the closing months of last year,” said Self.
Riding high with “Self” confidence, the Salt Lake City, Utah native is focused on winning.
“I think my expectations are going to be high no matter what race track we go to this year because of the effort and energy that’s going in to the equipment and racecars that are coming out of the Venturini Motorsports shop right now.”
“It’s been great to win at two totally different race tracks (Daytona and Kansas) during my last two ARCA starts. When I look back at last season I was just narrowly missed out on a win at Lucas Oil Raceway Park, so that gives me a lot of confidence going back a short track at Nashville. I don’t really feel any pressure. I’m not planning on running the race after Nashville, so driver points don’t really mean anything to me right now. My goal is to just go do what I’ve been able to do the last few races and try and bring home another win and a good day for Sinclair Oil and VMS.”
With 10 career ARCA starts (two wins, six top-5’s and six top-10’s) to his credit, Saturday night’s start will be Self’s first at the Tennessee fairgrounds.
“I’ve never raced Nashville, but I’ve been watching a lot of video to become more familiar with the track. I’ve also spent some time up there watching races and I’ve always heard people talk about how fun the track is. It seems like it’s really similar to a lot of the tracks we run on the K&N West schedule with the abrasive surface, so with lots of experience out on those tracks I’m hoping some of it will translate.”
With nearly a two-month pause in the schedule between Daytona and Nashville, Self has kept busy and doesn’t think much of all the talk about the time between races.
“To be honest I really just keep with my normal routine. The long break between races is no different than handling the off-season. I keep going to the gym to stay in shape, and have watched some video of last year’s race at Nashville, but at my age and position in life right now there’s not a whole lot about my schedule that I’ve really been able to alter. Life has had to go on as normal. I’m busy with school, coaching my Trans Am clients, working on activation and off-track projects with Sinclair, and my wife and I are frantically house hunting, so that’s taken up the majority of my mind space.”
Piloting one of VMS’ four Toyota team entries, Self will join teammates Natalie Decker, Christian Eckes and newcomer Chandler Smith at Nashville.
The Music City 200 will air live on MAVTV, Saturday, April 7 at 9:00PM EST.
SINCLAIR OIL CORPORATION
Sinclair is a privately held Wyoming company with executive offices in Salt Lake City and more than 1,200 employees across several states. Sinclair owns and operates two refineries in Wyoming along with a network of both crude oil and finished-product pipelines and terminals in the Rocky Mountain and midcontinent regions. The company markets fuel in 24 states, supplying high-quality fuels to more than 1,300 branded stations, featuring DINOCARE™ TOP TIER™ Gasoline. Sinclair Oil and Gas Company manages its exploration and production portfolios by only participating in major oil and gas development projects in the United States. Sinclair also owns and operates The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, the Little America hotel chain, The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, and Snowbasin Resort in Utah. For more information, visit SinclairOil.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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.