Race Weekend Information

Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019

Event: Allen Crowe 100

Track: Illinois State Fairgrounds

Series: ARCA Menards Series

Watch It Live: MAVTV, 1:30pm CT

Driver: Michael Self

Car: No. 25 Sinclair Oil/Factory Canopies Toyota Camry

Team: Venturini Motorsports

Crew Chief: Shannon Rursch

A Look Back: In a somewhat mild event for the ARCA Menards Series, Self started fourth and finished third at Pocono speedway after the race went caution-free for the first time in 2019. After slotting in to the third position on the start, Self’s day had one moment of peril when he had a flat tire at the lap-20 mark, but Self was able to get to pit road quickly and the Sinclair Oil crew was able to make a fast change and get the No. 25 back on track unscathed.

A Look Ahead: Self now looks to not only another new track, but a new racing surface as the ARCA Menards Series heads to the first of two dirt races on the schedule this weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. Self has limited dirt track practice experience, but no dirt races under his belt.

Self on Springfield: “This weekend is a big question mark for me. I’m really not sure what to expect. I’ve asked a ton of questions to everyone I can think of trying to get an idea of what Springfield is all about, and it definitely sounds like it’ll be fun, and certainly unique. The feedback I consistently get is that it isn’t comparable to traditional dirt racing, but more like driving a slick asphalt track. I typically love racing on one-mile tracks, but I’m not sure if this will really fall in to that category. I’m anxious to get out there and start making laps and try to learn something new.”

About Michael Self: A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Self is an accomplished road racer, four-time Utah State Karting champion, eight-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner, and six-time ARCA Menards Series winner. Self has made seven starts in NASCAR XFINITY Series competition, driving for JD Motorsports. He scored a career-best 11th-place finish at Wisconsin’s Road America in 2015. In 2016, he helped guide Justin Haley to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship from the spotter’s stand and as a driver’s coach. Self returned to consistent competition in 2017 and finished fourth in the NKNPSW championship standings with two wins, seven top-fives, and 13 top-10’s in 13 starts, as well as one win, and four top-fives in six ARCA Racing Series starts. Self captured his second career ARCA Racing Series victory in the 2018 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. This year, you can catch Self behind the wheel of the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry in every ARCA Racing Series event. For live updates and breaking news, follow Self on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.