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Michael Self will return to Venturini Motorsports for 2020

Photo Courtesy of: Michael Self Racing

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

Venturini Motorsports and Sinclair Oil Corporation have announced that Michael Self will once again pilot the No. 25 Toyota Camry this season.

Self will return to the organization full-time and chase the 2020 ARCA Menards Series Championship.

In addition, he will have veteran crew chief Kevin Reed calling the shots throughout the year.

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“I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to return to Venturini Motorsports with Sinclair backing for another season, and a shot at championship redemption,” says Self.

“Despite last season ending in heartbreak for me, I had an absolute blast competing full time in the ARCA Menards Series, building a relationship with the Venturini family and the entire VMS crew, and proving that I can win and compete on any different style track. With some changes in the schedule including the addition of Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Phoenix, all tracks I’m extremely familiar with, I couldn’t be more excited to know that I’ll be back behind the wheel of the No. 25 Toyota for the entire 20-race slate.”

Self is coming off a very successful 2019 where he earned four poles, four wins, and tallied up 14 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Ultimately, he finished runner-up in the championship standings, but it was a solid season in his first full-time ARCA season.

“Michael (Self) embodies what we work so hard to accomplish with our driver development program each year and I am proud to welcome him back to the team,” commented Venturini Motorsports team owner Billy Venturini.

“He has become one of our veteran drivers who is a proven threat each week at the track and I am looking forward to seeing him and Kevin (Reed) back in victory lane throughout the season.”

Self should see the same amount of success in 2020 with veteran crew chief Kevin Reed a-top his pit box. Reed has earned 22 victories in the series with 12 different drivers, including winning the 2019 championship.

The duo of Self and Reed aren’t new to working together as they earned two wins together at VMS during the 2018 season.

“I am really excited to get another chance to work with Michael (Self) this season. He has proven himself an excellent competitor both on and off the track each and every week,” commented Kevin Reed. “We worked together for several races in 2018, winning a few and our main goal this season is to win as many races as possible and to win the championship.”

Sinclair Oil Corporation returns for their fourth season sponsoring Self and will look for more exposure this season. The company will return as a primary sponsor for 18 events in 2020. They will also retain associate branding on the other two remaining events.

“We’re excited to support Michael again this year, he is a fellow Utahan and we love supporting a home-town guy. We’re looking forward too many wins this season,” says Jack Barger, Vice President of Marketing for Sinclair Oil.

“The feedback we’ve received since the first time Sinclair was on a race car back in 2016 has continued to be overwhelmingly positive,” Self says. “Every time we go to a track, I personally get multiple comments about how much people love the brand, and love seeing it associated with racing, and that makes it fun to be an ambassador for them. We’ve been able to grow the off-track activity as much as the on-track activity, and I expect plenty more of that throughout the 2020 season.” 

The 2020 ARCA Menards Series season will kick off at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m. live on FS1.

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