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Late-Race Transmission Woes Lead To 18th-Place Finish For Michael Self
Posted by: newsla on Mar 25, 2014 - 05:35 PM
Late-Race Transmission Woes Lead To 18th-Place Finish For Michael Self

Armed with a fast No. 66 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry in Saturday afternoon's ARCA-Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway, Michael Self was well on his way to a top-three finish before transmission issues interrupted his run with less than 11 laps to go, resulting in an 18th-place effort. In his career first start in the ARCA Racing Series, the Salt Lake City, Utah, native rolled off the starting grid from ninth and jockeyed for position that placed him inside the top five after the Lap 10 restart of the 200-lap contest. As the contest continued he was closed in on the leaders, running lap times quicker than the car in second place, even when on the radio he was heard saying he had a tight-handling Mosquito Patch Toyota.


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The six-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race winner surged through a tight three-wide race into fourth position, where he pulled away from the field after finding his line in Turn 4. Crew chief BJ McLeod chose to bring Self to pit road for fresh tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. It only took one pit stop early in the race to remedy the handling conditions before Self could be found in and around the top five and producing good lap times thru the race's halfway mark. He battled between the fifth and second positions before the Lap 183 caution period. The ARCA Racing Series rookie driver was competing for second on the afternoon's last restart, when a broken transmission link in his No. 66 Toyota resulted in another competitor getting into his machine. After running in the top five for most of the afternoon at Mobile International Speedway, Self's No. 66 Toyota suffered severe mechanical issues that relegated the Venturini Motorsports driver to an 18th-place finish.

Start - 9 Finish - 18 Laps Led - 0

Michael Self Quote:
"Overall, I'm very pleased with the weekend at Mobile International Speedway. We had to fight for it, and even though we didn't have the results we wanted, due to a mechanical problem, I feel like we made huge strides and had a very successful run as a team. We overcame a lot from the start of the weekend, and we ran a great race. Our Venturini Motorsports Toyota fought hard from mid-pack to the front more than once. At the end we had a car to fight for the win.

"The Venturini Motorsports team helped me learn and make progress on track, and the No. 66 team did a great job staying motivated and working their hardest. There's no doubt in my mind we had the best car of the day and I believe it opened a lot of eyes after my ARCA Racing Series debut. I was honored to carry the Mosquito Patch logo on the hood of my car and to introduce them to the Mobile area. I look forward to working with them in the future."

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