Showing posts with label Michael Self. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Self. Show all posts

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Self Dominates At All American



ROSEVILLE, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2017) - While Todd Gilliland and Chris Eggleston are taking the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship battle down to the last race, Michael Self is doing his part to steal some of the spotlight.

Self wheeled his No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford to the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by TriCo Welding Supply victory at All American Speedway on Saturday night, and he did so in dominating fashion.

Fastest in practice and the Coors Light Pole Award winner, Self led 137 en route to his second straight win. After losing the lead on the initial start, he reclaimed it on Lap 13 and never looked back, as he crossed the finish line 2.946 seconds ahead of eventual second-place finisher Gilliland.

The win was the Park City, Utah, native's first at the northern California bullring, second of the season and eighth of his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West career.

"I'm on top of the world right now," Self said, drenched in Victory Lane after his team doused him in celebratory fashion. "This is unbelievable, a great feeling to come and dominate the way we did tonight. In Bob Bruncati's car, with the Sunrise Ford colors on there, after we got our win (at Meridian) with the Sinclair colors on there. It's just capping it off, man. I think we had the momentum going at Meridian, and it carried over tonight. Just feels so good for these (No. 9) guys."

The result at the third-mile short-track was Self's sixth top five and 12th top 10 of the season. He's now one top 10 shy of tying his career high, which he earned back in 2013 -- his last full-time season in the series.

"That's the best short track car I've ever run right there," Self said. "When you come to these places, you gotta have a car that turns in the center really good, but also has drive off the corners and doesn't get loose on you. That's the ultimate challenge on a short track, and we had both here tonight. That's so, so rare. The car was so good, and never had any fall off, and that's what you look for. Keeping the balance in the car every lap was the most important thing, and we were able to stretch it out."

Bill McAnally Racing teammates Gilliland and Eggleston finished second and third, respectively. The two had combined to win nine of the season's first 10 races before Self interrupted their dominance of Victory Lane.

With his second straight runner-up finish, Gilliland pushed his points lead to 11 over Eggleston heading into the season finale at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, on Nov. 4.

"We're looking at the big picture," Gilliland said. "But for me, I really don't enjoy racing on these tiny tracks, just because you have to have so much discipline, and it's just really hard for me, I guess is the bottom line. These guys gave me a really fast NAPA Autp Parts Toyota Camry like always. But we just barely missed it in the race, so we're going to move on to my favorite track at Kern County Raceway Park."

Eggleston's result was the 11th top five and 13th top 10 finish of this season. This was also the third time he has finished third in 2017.

"The good news is we didn't lose any points. The bad news is we didn't gain any points," Eggleston said. "Me and Todd (Gilliland) were pretty evenly matched there navigating through lapped traffic. Nevertheless, I had a lot of fun out there. The No. 9 car was in his own zip code, but I had a lot of fun racing Todd right there. We obviously have to beat him to gain points, but overall it's a decent night."

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Derek Kraus and Will Rodgers rounded out the top five. Nicole Behar was sixth, followed by Cole Moore and Blaine Perkins as the final two cars to finish on the lead lap in seventh and eighth. Kody Vanderwal and Max Tullman completed the top 10, each finishing one lap down.

Behind Gilliland and Eggleston, Kraus maintained his third-place spot in the standings. While he's 81 back of Gilliland, Kraus holds a two-point edge on Rodgers and a four-point lead on Self for the final points podium spot.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by TriCo Welding Supply is scheduled to air on NBCSN on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-TOYOTA NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 presented by TRICO WELDING SUPPLY
Results
Saturday
At All American Speedway
Roseville, CA
Lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 150 laps, 70.325 mph.
2. (3) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150.
3. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 150.
4. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 150.
5. (5) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 150.
6. (8) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 150.
7. (10) Cole Moore, Granite Bay, Calif., Toyota, 150.
8. (14) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 150.
9. (13) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 149.
10. (12) Max Tullman, Chester Springs, PA, Ford, 149.
11. (11) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 149.
12. (15) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 148.
13. (17) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Ford, 148.
14. (18) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 148.
15. (4) Trevor Cristiani, Boise, Idaho, Chevrolet, 147.
16. (16) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 147.
17. (9) Hollis Thackeray, Union City, Calif., Chevrolet, 146.
18. (22) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 146.
19. (20) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 145.
20. (19) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 145.
21. (7) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 144.
22. (23) Josh Fanopoulos, Garden City, ID, Toyota, 143.
23. (21) Jonas Fors, Stockholm, Sweden, Ford, 59, clutch.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 42 minutes 37 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.946 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: M.Self (89.383 mph, 13.412 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 18 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: C. Eggleston 1-13; M. Self 14-150.
Standings: 1. T. Gilliland, 567; 2. C. Eggleston, 556; 3. D. Kraus, 486; 4. W. Rodgers, 484; 5. M. Self, 482; 6. T. Souza, 437; 7. J. Landauer, 419; 8. K. Vanderwal, 414; 9. B. Perkins, 411; 10. N. Behar, 410.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Self Awarded Meridian Victory



Via NASCAR PR

MERIDIAN, Idaho -- Fireworks lit up the night sky after the checkered flag flew on the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 presented by Perfect Hydration and Lights Out at Meridian Speedway. And Michael Self wound up being the one to bask in the glory.

The Park City, Utah, native wheeled his No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Sinclair Lubricants Ford to the winner's circle at the quarter-mile to earn his first victory of the 2017 season and seventh NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win of his career.

It didn't come without controversy.

On an overtime restart, Derek Kraus lost the lead to Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston, who went on to cross the finish line in first place and was initially declared the winner. However, the finish came under review from NASCAR.

It wad determined that Eggleston jumped the final restart, meaning his first-place finish would not hold. That handed the race win to Self.

"I was pretty happy with second," Self said while reflecting on waiting for official word from NASCAR. "That was going to be our best finish of the year so far. That last restart in fifth, I actually didn't think we had a shot at it. But that's how things go on these quarter-mile short-tracks. So all in all, really happy and pleased with how it ended."

The result for Self was his fifth top five and 11th top 10 of the 2017 season. But in the grand scheme of his career, this one topped them all.

"It means everything," Self said in Victory Lane with a smile. "It may seem silly, because people are just gonna say 'it's a K&N West win,' but to do it here, with Sinclair Oil on the car, and in Bob Bruncati's car. He gave me a chance this year to get back in this car, after I've been out of a car for three to four years. And it's been three years of searching for sponsors and just working my butt off every day, this is the biggest win of my career."

Championship points leader Todd Gilliland wound up finishing second in his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, 0.824 seconds behind Self. With the runner-up position and Eggleston penalty, Gilliland extended his championship points lead to 11 (525-514) over his Bill McAnally Racing teammate with two races remaining.

"This thing was super, super good to fire off this race," said Gilliland, who led a race-high 125 laps. "The first 50 laps we were amazing. This thing was just effortless to drive. After that, it just started bouncing on entry and got super tight. But we got two more races on the West coast that are very important. I have no doubt that everyone on my NAPA Racing team will work through it together. That's what we've done all year, we've got a very dedicated group of guys."

Although Self is all but mathematically eliminated from championship contention, he thinks this win will give him and his team a much-needed shot in the arm heading to California to close out the 2017 K&N West season.

"I think this is a good boost, this is good momentum," Self said of the final two races left on the season. "We knew we weren't going to win a championship )at the start of the year), that was going to be out of reach. But to come and win a race and to try and keep finishing in the top five, that's out goal. And that's what i'll keep trying to do and that's what I'm looking forward to."

Will Rodgers, Todd Souza and Kraus rounded out the top five finishers. Kody Vanderwal was sixth, followed by Eggleston, Blaine Perkins, Julia Landauer and Stafford Smith.

Kraus is third in championship points, one ahead of Rodgers, but 79 back of Gilliland. Self is fifth in points.

Boise native Trevor Cristiani led 15 laps but was relegated to a 19th-place finish after crashing on lap 100 into the turn three wall.

The is scheduled to air on NBCSN on Sunday, October 8 at 11 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to action at All American Speedway in Roseville, California on October 14.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com


NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA AUTO PARTS IDAHO 208 Results
Saturday
At Meridian Speedway
Meridian, Idaho
Lap length: 0.25 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (6) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Ford, 215 laps, 47.103 mph.
2. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 215.
3. (7) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 215.
4. (11) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 215.
5. (5) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 215.
6. (12) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 215.
7. (4) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 215.
8. (10) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 214.
9. (3) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 213.
10. (14) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Ford, 213.
11. (18) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 213.
12. (19) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 213.
13. (17) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 210.
14. (15) Tyler Fabozzi, Anaheim Hills, Calif, Chevrolet, 210.
15. (20) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 208.
16. (21) Josh Fanopoulos, Chevrolet, 207.
17. (13) Max Tullman, Chester Springs, PA, Ford, 201.
18. (16) Zachary St. Onge, Upland, CA, Toyota, 198.
19. (2) Trevor Cristiani, Boise, Idaho, Chevrolet, 105, accident.
20. (9) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 103, fuel pump.
21. (8) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 37, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 8 minutes 28 seconds
Margin of Victory: .824 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gilliland (68.519 mph, 13.135 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 50 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Gilliland 1-84; T. Cristiani 85-99; T. Gilliland 100-140; C. Eggleston
141-154; D. Kraus 155-212; C. Eggleston 213; M. Self 214-215.
Standings: 1. T. Gilliland, 525; 2. C. Eggleston, 514; 3. D. Kraus, 446; 4. W. Rodgers, 445; 5. M. Self, 434; 6. T. Souza, 404; 7. J. Landauer, 396; 8. K. Vanderwal, 379; 9. M. Levin, 377; 10. B. Perkins, 375.