By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Even though Michael Self is competing part-time in the ARCA Racing Series, he continues to finish well. After a disappointing day at Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Self rebounded in the Zomongo 200 presented by Drydene.
On the final restart, Self’s No. 15 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota Camry was one of just nine cars left on the lead lap. Despite that fact, the Park City, UT native did not have the speed to keep up with Sheldon Creed and Riley Herbst. Self had to defend against runs from Gus Dean and Joe Graf, Jr. When the checkered flag waved, he crossed the line in third, behind race winner Creed and Herbst.
Early in the race however, Self seemed to be the favorite. He took the lead on the start and cruised to a sizable lead. It looked as if Creed and Herbst would be fighting for second, until Self slowed to tuck in behind the duo with debris on his grille. However, instead of returning to the pace that he had to that point, Self struggled to keep up, a major vibration plaguing his Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry. The vibration continued for the rest of the race.
“I don’t know what happened,” said Self. “We were super-fast for the first 20 laps or so then we started to get a mad vibration. Then we got super tight and never really got it back. But, we salvaged a good day out of it. I’m happy for the folks at Sinclair Oil. It’s always fun to run good for them.”
The third-place finish is Self’s fourth top-five finish this season. It is also his ninth top-five in 14-career ARCA Racing Series races. Self failed to finish in the other five career starts.
Michigan was the fifth of 10 races that Self has scheduled this season with Venturini Motorsports.