After string of close calls, Michael Self hungry for a victory


By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Michael Self keeps getting closer and closer to victory lane.

The closer he gets, the hungrier he becomes.

“I just want to win,” Self told Kickin’ the Tires. “We’re so close.”

After nearly three years of relative obscurity highlighted by a quiet seven-race stint in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Self returned to the track in the ARCA Racing Series’ final race of 2016 at Kansas Speedway. Despite his time out of the car the Park City, Utah native has continued to run strong through the first half of 2017, tallying eight-straight top 10s in NASCAR K&N West competition while earning three top fives in four ARCA starts.

Friday’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 was the closest Self’s come to victory lane yet. With 30 laps remaining he was to be driving off the with race lead in the No. 28 Toyota, poised for a victory with MDM Motorsports.

Only a late caution for rain, which allowed race winner Dalton Sargeant to come to pit road for fresh tires, would undermine the 26-year-old’s effort. Self’s held the lead momentarily on the ensuing restart, but Sargeant took over the top spot on Lap 193 and drove off to his second-straight victory.

After letting a win slip away Self couldn’t hold back his disappointment.

“Third at Kansas, Pocono, fourth at Iowa, second here,” Self said. “Don’t get me wrong, we’d probably be leading the points in the championship here if we’d ran the full schedule, but I want to get Sinclair Oil and these guys. They just give me so much every weekend and provide so much support.”

While he still hasn’t managed the trip to victory lane he desires most, Self’ still has much to be proud of. With four top fives in seven-career ARCA starts, he’s been one of the most consistent contenders in the ARCA garage.

“I’m frustrated but it’s been great.” Self said. “You’ve gotta remember – before this year I hadn’t raced for three years, so to be competitive and finish on the podium is great. Once get to victory lane we’re going to get there more and more. We’ve just gotta get there once. I just need everything to play out right.

“We’ll keep moving. On to what’s next.”


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