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Michael Self (born November 1, 1990) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, driving the No. 25 Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports. He was a former development driver for Richard Childress Racing, and has made seven NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for JD Motorsports. He has eight wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, and seven wins in ARCA competition.[1]

Michael Self
Michael Self Road America 2015.jpg
Self at Road America in 2015
Born (1990-11-01) November 1, 1990 (age 28)
Park City, Utah
ARCA Menards Series career
Debut season2014
Current teamVenturini Motorsports
Car no.25
EngineToyota
Crew chiefShannon Rursch
Former teamsRanier Racing with MDM, MDM Motorsports
Starts40
Championships0
Wins7
Poles5
Best finish15th in 2018
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
7 races run over 1 year
2015 position40th
Best finish40th (2015)
First race2015 U.S. Cellular 250 (Iowa)
Last race2015 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Previous series
20092013, 2017NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Racing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Self started racing at age eleven in go-karts. He switched to open-wheel cars five years later and came to stock cars at age eighteen.[2]

K&N Pro Series WestEdit

In 2009, Self ran two races with Motorway Motorsports, starting and parking.[3] After going full-time with Motorway in 2010,[4] Self was signed by the Golden Gate Racing Team, an affiliate of Richard Childress Racing, for the final two races of the season.[5][6]

The partnership with GGRT extended into 2011, with Self driving top-tier equipment. However, there were missteps, like a crash in Sonoma qualifying that relegated him to the back of the field. With a car that his crew chief described as "winning", Self worked his way through the field using his car and crashed again, finishing 25th.[7] He finished seventh in points with three top fives.[8] The following year, Self broke out, winning three races and only finishing out of the top ten six times in a fifteen race season. He improved to sixth in points.[9] In 2013, Self won three races in a row[10] and never fell out of the top six in points to finish fourth.[11] Despite the six wins, Self did not return to the RCR driver development lineup in 2014.

In 2017, Self returned in a part-time capacity for Sunrise Ford Racing. He ran the full schedule except for the season opening race. He won the race at Meridian Speedway after Chris Eggleston was disqualified for jumping the final restart.[12] He finished in the top ten in all of his starts[13] and won another race, at All American Speedway.[14]

ARCA Menards SeriesEdit

With no ride in the K&N Pro Series West, Self joined Venturini Motorsports for two ARCA Racing Series events in 2014, the first at Mobile International Speedway.[15] He failed to finish either of his starts due to mechanical issues.[16] Again without a ride in any national series, Self partnered with Ranier Racing for a race at Kansas Speedway in 2016,[17] in which he finished third.[18] He spotted for Justin Haley in 2015 and 2016 at various races.[19]

In January 2017, Self and Ranier announced that they would partner for the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.[20] With Ranier giving up ARCA operations to MDM Motorsports, Self ran the scheduled Ranier races in the MDM 28 car. After running inside the top ten at Daytona, Sinclair Oil Corporation added more races with Self in both the ARCA series and K&N Series with MDM and Mason Mitchell Motorsports on the ARCA side and Sunrise Ford Racing on the NASCAR side.[21] Self finished inside the top five in three of his next four races[22] before he won the season finale at Kansas Speedway, beating out Ty Majeski in a five-wide race after the final restart. Self gave the credit to his spotter Derek Kneeland, who at that point was the spotter for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson.[23]

On January 8, 2018, it was announced that Self and Sinclair partnered with Venturini Motorsports for half of the 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule.[24] The schedule includes races at Daytona, Nashville, Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan, Chicagoland, Lucas Oil Raceway, Salem and Kansas.[25] Both driver and sponsor had previous experience with Venturini. Self had raced with the team in ARCA and the Venturini family had operated Sinclair gas stations.[26]

Self began the 2018 ARCA season by winning the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona.[27] He followed up with a win at Chicagoland in late June, avenging a near-loss in the 2017 edition of the event. Self beat Riley Herbst and Sheldon Creed on the final restart to secure the victory.[28] At Salem Speedway in fall, Self and Zane Smith got in a racing incident early in the race, leading Smith to retaliate by intentionally destroying Self's car later in the race. Smith was later penalized by ARCA for the incident.[29]

On January 11, 2019, Self and Venturini announced a full schedule for the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season in the team's No. 25 entry.[30] He won the series' first trip to Five Flags Speedway since 1996 in March, outlasting Kaden Honeycutt and Ty Gibbs during the final green-flag run.[31] He followed that up with a win in the season's third race at Salem Speedway after rain arrived after 101 of 200 laps, ultimately handing him the win. At Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Self won the pole, led the most laps and at one point had over a 10-second advantage over the field, but slapped the wall in the closing portion of the race and faded to fifth.[32] He continued his tear in the front half of the season by leading 85 or 100 laps and winning at Michigan International Speedway in June,[33] but was penalized after the race, keeping his points lead small.[34] At the Allen Crowe 100, Self claimed his first dirt triumph, Venturini teammate Christian Eckes and Corey Heim on a late restart.[35]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

Self made his first Xfinity Series start in 2015, replacing Landon Cassill at Iowa Speedway in JD Motorsports' No. 01 entry. In doing so, Self became the first driver from Utah to compete in a NASCAR national series.[36] After crashing in his first start, Self ran six other races for JD, culminating in an eleventh place finish at Road America driving the No. 4.[37]

Personal lifeEdit

Self attended the University of Utah.[5][38] He later attended Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte.[19] When he is not racing, he is a road racing coach and has worked with Chip Ganassi Racing.[19]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2015 JD Motorsports 01 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH CHI DAY KEN NHA IND IOW
32
KEN
36
DOV CLT 40th 108
0 GLN
37
MOH
27
BRI CHI
25
KAN
32
TEX PHO HOM
4 ROA
11
DAR RCH

K&N Pro Series WestEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts
2009 Viva Motorsports 84 Chevy CTS AAS PHO MAD IOW DCS SON IRW PIR
23
MMP
25
CNS IOW AAS 43rd 182
2010 88 AAS
14
PHO
10
IOW
13
DCS
17
SON
5
IRW
11
PIR
11
MRP
8
CNS
7
MMP
28
8th 1552
Richard Childress Racing 21 Chevy AAS
12
PHO
8
2011 PHO
15
AAS
14
MMP
8
IOW
8
LVS
4
SON
25
IRW
5
EVG
11
PIR
8
CNS
13
MRP
5
SRP
6
AAS
20
PHO
32
7th 1807
2012 PHO
18
LHC
4
MMP
18
S99
20
IOW
4
BIR
1
LVS
17
SON
6
EVG
2
CNS
4
IOW
1
PIR
2
SMP
12
AAS
22
PHO
1*
6th 541
2013 PHO
3
S99
15
BIR
1
IOW
1*
L44
1
SON
3*
CNS
6
IOW
3
EVG
16
SRP
6*
MMP
4
SMP
5
AAS
4
KCR
2
PHO
9
4th 598
2017 Sunrise Ford Racing 9 Ford TUS KCR
6
IRW
6
IRW
3
SPO
5
OSS
8
CNS
8
SON
4
IOW
6
EVG
4
DCS
7
MER
1
AAS
1*
KCR
4
4th 522

ARCA Menards SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts
2014 Venturini Motorsports 66 Toyota DAY MOB
18
SLM TAL TOL NJE
22
POC MCH ELK WIN CHI IRP POC BLN ISF MAD DSF SLM KEN KAN 63rd 260
2016 Ranier Racing with MDM 28 Chevy DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN
3
88th 215
2017 MDM Motorsports Toyota DAY
27
NSH SLM TAL TOL ELK 24th 1135
Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevy POC
3
MCH MAD IOW
4
MDM Motorsports IRP
2
POC WIN ISF ROA DSF SLM KAN
1
Mason Mitchell Motorsports 88 Chevy CHI
17
KEN
2018 Venturini Motorsports 15 Toyota DAY
1
TAL
3
TOL CLT
21
POC MCH
3
MAD GTW CHI
1
KAN
3
15th 1985
55 NSH
4
SLM IOW
18
ELK POC ISF BLN DSF SLM
16
IRP
11
2019 25 DAY
31
FIF
1
SLM
1*
TAL
5
NSH
15
TOL
4
CLT
5*
POC
11
MCH
1*
MAD
2
GTW
13*
CHI
4
ELK
4
IOW
3
POC
3
ISF
1*
DSF
4
SLM
14
IRP KAN -* -*

ReferencesEdit

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