Concord, North Carolina (April 25, 2018) – Claiming trophies in two of the first three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events of the season, Venturini Motorsports (VMS) is back on the road looking to continue the team’s early success in Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Enjoying a recent resurgence, VMS, is off to its best season start in the organization’s storied history. Already with two victories and three General Tire Pole awards in the first three races of 2018, the team is stacked with talent and loaded with confidence.

Leading the way for the powerhouse ARCA team this weekend in Alabama is VMS’ 2018 Daytona winner, Michael Self.  Self, 27, returns to the seat of his familiar No. 15 Sinclair Oil Toyota after a one race absence to make his first ever start on the behemoth 2.66-mile Superspeedway.

“One of the cool things about Talladega for me is that I have a lot of family in the area and I’m excited to have them come out and watch,” said Self.  “I went to Talladega a handful of times when I was younger, but never actually watched the race. I was like 4 or 5 years old and my dad would take me, but I just wanted to go to the souvenir trailers. Returning to Talladega brings back a lot of good childhood memories – now I’m ready to create some new ones.”

“As far as the race is concerned, I’m still not super confident in my knowledge of Superspeedway racing. Daytona was incredible, and I feel like my knowledge, capability and comfortability grew a massive amount, but I still don’t feel like I know what to expect. I’m excited to be back in the same car that we won Daytona with, with the same team, and the team that’s coming off another big win at Salem, so this Friday is all about trying to learn, and carry momentum.”

Self, 27, led ARCA’s driver point standings after his fourth-place finish at Nashville in his last attempt.  The Utah born driver has won two of his last three series races.  Self has made 11 career starts in the series earning two wins, seven top-five and seven top-10 finishes overall.

Kevin Reed, winning crew chief for Self at Daytona and VMS teammate Christian Eckes at Salem, will reunite with the Sinclair Oil team and call the shots atop the pit box at Talladega.

Practice for Friday’s General Tire 200 takes place Friday morning from 8:30 to 10:20am ET, General Tire Pole Qualifying (group format) follows at 2:30pm. The General Tire 200 is scheduled to get the green flag shortly after 5:00pm ET Friday afternoon.

The General Tire 200 at Talladega is live on FS1. All on-track activities will be featured on live timing and scoring at arcaracing.com, plus live chat.