STRONG PERFORMANCE FOR SELF IN WEST OPENER AT ROSEVILLE PARK CITY, UTAH (March 28, 2010) -- NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Self made a huge impression in the 2010 season opener at All American Speedway in ...
STRONG PERFORMANCE FOR SELF IN WEST OPENER AT ROSEVILLE
PARK CITY, UTAH (March 28, 2010) -- NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Self made a huge impression in the 2010 season opener at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. before a cut tire forced the 19 year-old to settle for a 15th place finish on Saturday night.
"I'm very excited with how strong we were today," Self said. "We were running with guys like Holmes and the leaders, and I think we are going to do very well in Phoenix."
Self has already had a busy start to his season with double-duty runs in the Toyota All-Star Showdown, a second place finish in the Spring Classic at Stockton 99 Speedway, and extensive testing.
Being already in midseason form proved to be a great benefit, as Self guided his Johnnie Walker Performance Center / Motorway Motorsports Chevrolet to sixth in the opening practice on the one-third mile asphalt oval. He followed that up by a seventh place run in the second practice session against a field of 23 cars.
Self was the first qualifier out and suffered a little bit with that qualifying draw but still managed to time in 10th quick.
Before a sellout crowd of 5000 fans, Self navigated traffic quickly to move into eighth on the first lap.
Self then engaged with a heavy battle with fellow rookie Josh Combs up to a caution on lap 38, when he was relegated to the pits with a flat tire.
Returning to the field with 110 laps of racing left and three laps down, Self went to work. Passing cars on the outside, Self worked his way forward to run with the top-eight. Self stayed in stride with two-time champion Eric Holmes and showed top-five speed on the charts for much of the race.
As the leaders lapped cars, the rookie advanced in position all the way to 13th until a caution set up a green white checkered finish to the race. While avoiding a crash in turn four coming to the finish, Self lost two positions in the scramble to finish 15th.
Self's next event in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is April 8 when the series hits the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway.
Michael's next race will be in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Western Late Models at All American Speedway this Saturday, April 3. The event is the first points paying race for the track and should attract a stellar car turnout.
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