Self looking for some luck in upcoming Kansas ARCA 150 Gets head start with win at Meridian SaturdayOctober 5th, 2017
TOLEDO, Ohio — Luck is a funny thing and certainly works both ways. Just ask Salt Lake City, Utah’s Michael Self. Self was leading and pulling away with 10 laps to go in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Chicagoland before his right-front tire went down. He hobbled to pit road, through for the night. Then on this past Saturday night, Self crossed the finish line in second and won the race. Go figure.
“Our luck has been hard to shake off, and hard to figure out,” said Self. “I’ve been scratching my head. Seems like bad luck and outside circumstances just keep getting in the way. Then, I wasn’t the first person to cross the finish line, but I won. Maybe our luck is turning around.”
Self won the NASCAR K&N West race Saturday night at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho.
“We restarted fifth on a green-white-checker finish. I got by three cars coming to the while flag but (Chris) Eggleston beat me to the line. But the officials said he jumped the start by a couple lengths.”
That said, the victory was awarded to Self, who technically finished second behind Eggleston before the switch. But a win is a win and Self was happy to take it, especially with his sponsor Sinclair Oil on the car and in the house.
“This is our first win with Sinclair on the car so it was a really big deal. It’s a big area for them up there…we had close to one-hundred people there in hospitality. It was really big for all of us.”
While it was the first win with Sinclair on the car, it’s certainly not Self’s first victory on the K&N side.
“That was our seventh win overall. Won Iowa twice, Phoenix, I-44 and Brainerd twice.”
And now it’s back to the drawing board on the ARCA side. The 17th running of the Kansas ARCA 150 is next, sort of.
“I’m actually going to New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend to coach my Trans-Am guys and I’ve got another K&N race the following weekend at Roseville (All American Speedway).”
Once Self clears his duties outside the ARCA Racing Series, he can finally focus on the Kansas ARCA 150 coming Friday night, Oct. 20. Self is already entered in the No. 28 Sinclair Oil Toyota for MDM Motorsports.
“We’ve been stronger on the ARCA side than on the K&N side. We’ve led laps at every (ARCA) race…we’re always in the top-three fighting for the win. There’s no reason we can’t keep with that and compete for the win at Kansas.”
Self has indeed been knocking on the ARCA Victory Lane door with a career-best second-place finish in July at Lucas Oil Raceway. There was also the third-place run at Pocono, a fourth at Iowa, not to mention he finished third at Kansas last year.
“I’m really excited. I really enjoyed racing at Kansas last year. But, I was a bit out of my element…it was the only race we ran last year. I’ve got a lot of confidence going in this year.”
MDM has four ARCA wins this year: Justin Haley at Talladega, Harrison Burton at Toledo, Brandon Jones at Michigan and Kyle Benjamin at Winchester.
“I’m going to be in a really good car at Kansas. I haven’t driven this car yet. This is the car that Brandon Jones ran second at Pocono with and won with at MIS. Same car he raced at Chicagoland. It’s actually the car Five Star (Race Car Bodies) used as their show car with the Sinclair wrap at the PRI show last year.”
With his weekends booked through Kansas, Self also keeps himself occupied during the week as a full-time student at Central Piedmont Community College.
Kansas ARCA 150 kicks off Triple-Header Weekend
The Kansas 150 also serves as the show-opener for big triple-header weekend of racing to include the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday and the Monster Energy Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday.
The Kansas 150 marks the 17th consecutive ARCA race at Kansas since the series debuted on the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 2001 – Jason Jarrett the inaugural winner. Other ARCA winners at Kansas include Frank Kimmel, Shelby Howard, Ryan Hemphill, Chad Blount, Scott Lagasse, Jr., Scott Speed, Parker Kligerman, Ty Dillon, Alex Bowman, Spencer Gallagher, Mason Mitchell and Chase Briscoe.
Practice for the Kansas 150 is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 2:30 p.m. The 17th Kansas ARCA 150 is scheduled to get the green flag at 7:47 Friday night, with live coverage on FS2. ARCAracing.com will also feature Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat of all on-track activities.