This weekend, Michael Self and Sinclair Oil reunited on the track with Sinclair back on board Self’s No. 9 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The duo visited the .375-mile semi-banked Douglas County Speedway, in Roseburg, Oregon.

The day started off strong for Self and Dino, with the No. 9 timing in second quickest in each of the afternoon’s two 45-minute practice sessions. Self had confidence going in to qualifying, but the handling of the car tightened up, and a top-ten separated by less than a tenth-and-a-half of a second saw Self only manage a seventh place starting position.

At the drop of the green flag, Self settled in to his starting position, intent on saving his tires and trying to hold on to an odd-numbered position so he could hold the bottom lane for restarts, but pressure from behind forced some hard racing, and Self spent the first 30 laps battling with the other cars from positions fourth through eighth. As the race went on, Self fought an extremely loose handling car, and found himself crossing the finish line at lap 150 in his original starting spot of seventh place.

“Running around seventh the whole race definitely wasn’t what I imagined after how we practiced,” said Self. “I thought we were decent in practice. Definitely had some work to do, but I didn’t think we were bad. From the start of the race the car was just really loose. I could feel it in the first few laps, and when that happens in those races, you don’t get a chance to make a change or change tires so you have to be conservative and make sure the car isn’t completely wore out at the end of the race. The last 25 laps or so I wasn’t even getting to half throttle, because the back end would wash out, so that was really frustrating. We’ll go back as a team and think about what we can do to be better for the next one, and I’m confident that me and the Sunrise Ford Racing Team guys can get it figured out and end this season on some strong runs.”