KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Michael 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, and he hobbled to pit road, through for the night.
Then, this past Saturday night with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, 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 at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway after a chaotic run to the checkered flag that ended with a two-lap, overtime dash.
“We restarted fifth on a green-white-checker finish,” Self said. “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,” Self said. “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 in ARCA competition. The 17th running of the Kansas ARCA 150 is next for Self, 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, set for Friday, Oct. 20. He is 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,” Self said. “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, scoring a career-best second-place finish in July at Lucas Oil Raceway. There was also a third-place run at Pocono, a fourth at Iowa, and 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.”
CREDIT: ARCA Communications