Michael Self and Dino returned to Iowa Speedway on Friday night for the Casey’s General Store 150, with Self wheeling the No. 9 Sinclair Oil Ford for Sunrise Ford Racing. The event marked the annual NASCAR K&N East-West combination race, where teams from both series come together at the 7/8-mile track just outside of Des Moines.

The day started with two 55-minute practice sessions, both of which saw Self just inside the top ten on the speed charts, but focusing on his past experience at the track where he’s won twice, to get the car set up for the race.

“Iowa is a really unique track,” said Self. “There’s nowhere else on the K&N schedule that is as temperature-sensitive as Iowa. When the sun goes down and the lights come on, the place always tightens up a ton, so I focused on that throughout the daytime practice sessions, and had the guys set the car up loose. It’s not the fastest by any means, but it usually pays off as the race goes in to the night.”

In group qualifying Self was only able to time-in 14th fastest, but the 26-year old driver with multiple starts at the speedway remained confident based off past experience.

The green flag flew just after 7:30pm, and with the sun still shining brightly on the moderate banking of the D-shaped short track, Self settled in with patience on his mind waiting for the sun to go down. Self ran just inside the top-12 after the lap 10 mark, but the No. 9 Sinclair Oil Ford was getting looser and looser by the lap. By the time the halfway caution flag flew, Self had fallen to 15th position, and was in desperate need of new tires and an adjustment from the Sunrise Ford Racing team. Once the race went back to green, Self took advantage of the new tires, and tighter conditions of his car, and began moving back toward the front. Self climbed inside the top-ten with less than 50 laps to go, and capitalized on two late-race restarts to cross the stripe in sixth, collecting his eighth top-ten finish in a row in NASCAR K&N series competition.

“Letting the car get as loose as it did in the first half of the race was my fault,” Self stated. “I guess I just miscalculated the sunset time. I should’ve known that we would’ve been racing in bright conditions at first, and then we could’ve freed the car up at the halfway break. The guys made a great adjustment and gave me something I could work with there at the second half. We were still a little free at the end, but I was able to pass cars which was important. It was another good finish, and a decent points day, but I still want to have this Sinclair Oil car in the top-three everywhere we go. I’m looking forward to heading back to some tracks on the west coast with the Sunrise Ford Racing guys, and trying to finish this season out strong.”

Fans can catch the tape-delayed broadcast of the race on Thursday, August 3, at 7:00PM ET.