NEWTON, Iowa – Michael Self is focused on taking the next step this week when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West head to Iowa Speedway for the Casey’s General Stores 150 on Friday.
The first of two combination races this season at Iowa between the K&N Pro Series East and West, Self is looking at the Casey’s General Stores 150 as an opportunity for a breakthrough on behalf of his peers from the West Coast. In seven previous combo races at Iowa, a K&N Pro Series West driver has yet to come away with the event’s overall victory.
The K&N Pro Series East and West teams compete alongside each other for the overall checkered flag and race finish in the combination race format, but they are scored respective to their series when it comes to championship points. The highest-finishing East and West driver each receives a win for their own series, but only the overall race winner gets to celebrate in Iowa Victory Lane, and that driver has represented the East each and every time since the inaugural event in 2007.
Self, from Park City, Utah, was the highest-finishing K&N Pro Series West driver the last time the two series converged in Newton last August for one of his four career West victories. This time around, he wants to be the first to the checkered flag.
“That’s exactly what our goal is (overall race win),” Self said. The [West] win last year was pretty big for us. We were quick. We weren’t in the top-five level or top-three level with the East guys, but we’ve worked on our program quite a bit.”