MICHAEL SELF JOINS NASCAR CAMPING WORLD SERIES WEST FULL-TIME IN 2010 PARK CITY, UTAH (December 22, 2009) -- 19 year-old karting sensation Michael Self has announced a major development in his budding career, as he will compete in a full-time ...
MICHAEL SELF JOINS NASCAR CAMPING WORLD SERIES WEST FULL-TIME IN 2010
PARK CITY, UTAH (December 22, 2009) -- 19 year-old karting sensation Michael Self has announced a major development in his budding career, as he will compete in a full-time campaign in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Series West.
Self will drive a Chevrolet under the Mike Naake / Motorway Motorsports banner with Naake as the Crew Chief.
"Getting the opportunity to run the West Series full-time is unreal," Self. "I never would've dreamed that I would make it even this far, but now that I have the opportunity, I'll give it everything I can and devote every bit of my life to it."
Self will also run a full campaign of Western Late Model, Super Late Model, and Stockcar Racing League events in addition to his 13 race NASCAR Camping World Series West season.
"Working with Mike Naake and Motorway Motorsports has been one of the best racing decisions I've ever made. Everything they do is beyond professional and top-notch," Self said. "There's not a doubt in my mind that we have one of the most knowledgeable and capable teams at the racetrack."
A prolific eight year karting career for Self saw him earn a test in the Pro Mazda series and win several races in the Skip Barber regional and sportsman series.
In 2009, Self made the decision to move away from a Formula career and instead focus on stockcar racing. After running a full Late Model effort that included a runner-up finish in September at Roseville, and a pole and feature win in the United States Late Model Association, Self feels prepared for the leap to the Camping World Series.
"About a year and a half ago I decided I wanted to go the opposite way of go kart racing," Self said. "I wanted to race NASCAR, even though I already had connections and scholarships for racing open wheels cars. When I was little and lived in Alabama, watching NASCAR was a big part of my life."
The NASCAR Camping World Series West is the top western regional stockcar series. Action beings for Self on January 29-30 with the prestigious Toyota All-Star Showdown held at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. The event brings together the top racers in the NASCAR Camping World Series West and East for a 225 lap race on the half-mile asphalt oval in Southern California. All events for the weekend are broadcast live on SPEED.
Self's regular points paying season for the West Series begins at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. on March 27th. The 12 race schedule includes races in California, Arizona, Iowa, Oregon, Colorado, and Utah.
Major events on the schedule include three road course events: Infineon Raceway (held in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), Portland International Raceway, and Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
A pair of races at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway are also held in conjunction with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series activities at the race track.
The Iowa Speedway event on May 23rd serves as the fourth annual event that pays points for both the East and West Series. The race has typically attracted over 40 entrants and 25,000 fans for the high-speed race on the 7/8ths mile oval.