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Michael Self Racing Race Preview: Mobile International Speedway
Posted by: newsla on Mar 19, 2014 - 07:00 AM
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Michael Self Racing Race Preview: Mobile International Speedway


Event: ARCA-Mobile 200
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Venue: Mobile International Speedway

 

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Venturini Motorsports' ARCA Racing Series history at Mobile International Speedway ... Venturini Motorsports has eight starts at Irvington, Alabama's Mobile International Speedway. Between eight different drivers, the Concord, N.C.-based organization had a career-best second-place finish with Kyle Benjamin in 2013. Over the past two years, Venturini Motorsports has one top-five finish, four top-10 finishes, and an average starting position of 8.875 as well as an average finishing position of 12.5.

Michael Self
No. 66 Mosquito Patch - Self Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Arai Helmets Toyota

This Week's Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry at Mobile International Speedway ... Self will pilot Chassis No. 16 in the ARCA-Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway. The car has a winning pedigree, driven to victories at both Salem Speedway and on the dirt at the Springfield, Illinois State Fairgrounds. In 2012, Clint King drove this chassis to a fifth-place finish at Mobile after a qualifying effort of 20th. Self tested the car at Mobile during a test session on March 10th.

Self at Mobile International Speedway ... This weekend will mark Self's first start with Venturini Motorsports at Mobile International Speedway as well as his ARCA Racing Series debut.

Short-Track Stats ... The Park City, Utah, driver has made 35 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts on tracks less than one-mile in length. Self has earned three wins, notched 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes on his belt, and maintained an average starting position of 6.8, and an average finishing position of 8.9.

NASCAR Next ... A member of the NASCAR Next for 2013-14, Self is the only driver in the Mobile event from the program. NASCAR Next, an evolution of the Next9 initiative that began in 2011, is an overarching industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR's rising stars. In addition to competing on various NASCAR series across the country, drivers in the program participate in several media and promotional activities throughout the year.

Welcome Home ... Self, born in Birmingham, has the odds in his favor as the past two winners at Mobile International Speedway have been Alabama natives.

In Memory of ... Self will carry a logo of "Grandmother Self" on the rear deck lid of his No. 66 Toyota in memory of his grandmother, a native of Pell City.

Sign Here ... There will be an ARCA Racing Series Driver Autograph Session from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Aircraft Pavilion USS Alabama.

We Like to Party ... On Thursday starting at 8:00 p.m., Home Mortgage of America will host their Green Flag Party located in Downtown Mobile at Grand Central, featuring two-time "American Idol" competitor Megan Miller and her band.

Michael Self Quote:
"I cannot thank the Venturini family and the Venturini Motorsports organization enough for giving me this opportunity. They have been great to work with from the first time we talked, and we have had good chemistry together since I got a chance to drive one of their cars at Daytona International Speedway at the December test.

"We topped the board at the Daytona test, and then went on to Mobile International Speedway to test again. Our team had a great week there, so I can't wait to get back to Mobile this weekend to grab the same results. Everyone in the organization has been great with assisting my adaptation to the ARCA Racing Series chassis. I really couldn't ask for a better team to make my series debut with, and I don't think I could ask for a better place to do it than in my "birth state," with my family and friends supporting us."

Follow Michael Self on Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and view exclusive content, visit Michael Self on his personal Twitter page - @mself_21, and "Like" Michael Self on his official Facebook page at Facebook.com/michaelselfracing.

Catch the Action ... Race coverage for the ARCA-Mobile 200 will be aired live Saturday, March 22 starting at 2:00 p.m. CDT, with timing and scoring and radio broadcast through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com.

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