This past weekend marked several firsts for Michael Self, one of which being the first time he’s competed in two different series, at two different tracks, within two days. After a strong run from last to third in the ACRA Racing Series General Tire #AnythingIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway on Friday night, Self boarded a plane to Denver, CO to reconnect with the Sunrise Ford Racing team at Colorado National Speedway, where the No. 9 Sinclair Oil Ford Fusion awaited.

 

After missing the open practice on Friday night due to the race at Pocono, Self had some catching up to do. Two 45-minute practice sessions later, Self had clocked in at fourth position overall, and would match that with a fourth-place qualifying effort. Once the race began, Self settled in to his starting spot where he was content following the leaders, and establishing a big gap on the fifth place car, until the cautions started to wave at lap 100. After several restarts, and a number of laps under yellow flag conditions, the field was back to green at lap 120, but unfortunately Self would be the cause of the next caution, as contact from his teammate sent him spinning in turn one, but fortunately the Dino car didn’t take any heavy contact. Self restarted the race outside the top-12 with 25 laps to go, and managed to muscle his way back in to the top-10 on the .375-mile oval, taking the checkered flag in eighth position.

 

“This was a crazy weekend. I’ve never done anything like that with me being behind the wheel,” said Self. “Pocono was awesome. It was fun riding that momentum to Colorado, but definitely a tiring experience. The Sunrise Ford Racing guys did a really good job getting the No. 9 Sinclair Oil Ford together for this event. Ryan Partridge was able to test the car on Friday night while I was at Pocono so it was nice to fly in and have the car close to where we needed to be set-up wise. It definitely took some adapting to go from the 2.5-mile triangle to the .375-mile short track, but I felt pretty good with things by the time qualifying rolled around. In the race I was riding for a long time, trying to save my stuff a bit. We had a good car on the long runs, but would get tight on restarts and that really hurt me when the cautions started flying toward the end. I was able to get myself back and settled in to fourth, but I think my teammate ended up misjudging her corner a little bit and tagged my left-rear, and that sent me around. By that point the rear tires were pretty worn, so it was hard to make up much ground. I’ve got to give a big shout out to my crew guys for working with me and putting up with me when I make mistakes, and also to Sinclair Oil Corporation for their continued support and for giving me the opportunity to drive the best-looking car on the track, whenever we fly their colors. I’m ready to go road racing at Sonoma.”