Although the overall wins haven’t come for the West representatives at Iowa to-date, Self is encouraged by how they perform when the East teams go to Phoenix International Raceway for the West points races. The performance of the West teams in the inaugural non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway this past February also gives Self confidence. West driver Cameron Hayley captured the victory and five of the top-10 finishers were West cars.
“We run so strong with the East guys at Phoenix, and we ran so strong at Daytona,” Self said. “It’s really time to go back to Iowa and prove that we’re all together now.”
Self isn’t satisfied to just rise with the West tide. The winner last time out in stand-alone K&N Pro Series West action on the road course at Brainerd Int’l Raceway, Self feels his No. 21 Golden Gate Racing team is making the necessary strides to rise to the next level.
“We’ve stepped up our big track program quite a bit I feel, and I’m very, very confident going into this race,” Self said. “We’re taking the cars out that we won with Phoenix and Iowa at [last year]. We’re going to go in there and focus on that overall win.”