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Michael Self looked to carry momentum from his win at Meridian Speedway to the All American Speedway in Roseville, CA this weekend, and he accomplished nothing short of just that, picking up his second consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win.

Selfs story-book race day started off strong, as he was scored second and first, respectively, in Saturday’s two 45-minute practice sessions at the .333-mile northern California bullring. After setting a quick time early in the first sessions on Saturday, Self and the No. 9 Sunrise Ford crew were able to focus on their long-run speed, and stabilizing the balance of the car.

“Right off the bat we were really fast,” said Self after the final practice of the day. “The car had good speed to begin with, but we were just a little off where we wanted to be with balance and feel. The best part was that the car got faster and faster pretty much every run, then never had any significant fall-off. That’s really hard to get on these short tracks, but I think we ended in a really good spot with our qualifying, and race-run speed.”

Though he topped the time charts in practice with his mock qualifying run, Self was nervous and pessimistic about his chances in Saturday’s time trials.

“It’s no secret that I’m not a good qualifier, but especially here. The last few times I’ve run here I think I’ve qualified outside the top-10,” Self said.

Despite history and his own beliefs, Self managed to follow up his practice run with a qualifying run of 13.412 seconds, securing the first Coors Light Pole award of his career, and breaking a nine-year old track record in the process.

Self led the field to the green for the start of the 150-lap event, but his streak of being at the front didn’t go unchallenged. Outside pole-sitter Chris Eggleston passed Self on lap one, putting Self in to chase mode until the first caution fell on lap six. When the race went back to green, Self battled back and reclaimed the lead on lap 14, never relinquishing it from that point. Self went on to score the victory by 2.946 seconds over series championship leader Todd Gilliland, capturing his first win at All American Speedway, and eighth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory.

“Just an unbelievable day overall,” said an ecstatic Self as he exited the No. 9 Sunrise Ford Ford Fusion in victory lane. “To come out here and dominate like against this group of racers, it just feels so good. Once we got heat in the tires, this car was on rails the whole race. We had our pressures pretty low to start off, and I didn’t get enough heat built up initially which made us really loose to start, but once we got going we just kept getting faster and faster just like we did in practice. I could ride and hold pace with the guys behind, or pick it up and stretch out the lead and that’s just so rare in these races. The guys on the team have continued working hard and believing in me, building strong cars, and getting us to this point. It feels great to have this momentum built, and we’ll try and take it to Kern and finish off strong.”

Self will be on track again next weekend on Friday, Oct. 20, back in the Sinclair Oil Chevrolet in the ARCA Racing Series.

Catch the broadcast of Selfs win at Roseville on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 3:30pm ET.