The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards visited Michigan International Speedway over the weekend for the 37th running of the #ZOMONGO 200.

Dodging rain which delayed both Saturday and Sunday’s two top-tiered NASCAR series races, Friday evening’s eighth ARCA event of the season went off without a hitch.

Michael Self led the three-car Venturini Motorsports stable with a finish of third, a strong rebound from his last ARCA Racing Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway where Self finished in the 21st position after retiring from the race early due to a suspension problem.

After qualifying third, Self quickly jumped out front on lap-5 leading 23-circuits around Michigan’s 2-mile track. Self extended his lead to over three seconds at one point, but came over the No. 15 team radio reporting a vibration around the lap 20 mark. After the first round of pit stops Self fell to second position, but the team had bigger challenges to face than the on-track competition. The Sinclair Oil Toyota got progressively tighter throughout the day, keeping Self from reclaiming the top spot. Self rode in the third position throughout the middle and end portion of the race, and would eventually hold the podium spot when he crossed the finish line. The top-five finish was the fourth for Self in five series starts this season.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Self. “We were super-fast for the first 20 laps or so, then we started to get a bad vibration, then we got super tight and never really got it back. It was definitely frustrating, because we were dominant at the start, and never faced any real handling issues throughout practice. We salvaged a good day out of it in the end, but hate that we came out scratching our heads on this one. Despite all that I’m happy to represent the folks at Sinclair Oil with a strong run and putting their car out front; it’s always fun to run good for them.”

Self, running a limited schedule, will return to the track on June 28 at Chicagoland Speedway.