Michael Self Earns Michigan ARCA Pole

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Michael Self will start from the pole during Friday's ARCA Menards Series event at Michigan Int'l Speedway. (ARCA Photo)
Michael Self will start from the pole during Friday's ARCA Menards Series event at Michigan Int'l Speedway. (ARCA Photo)

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Michael Self sped to his third General Tire Pole Award in his last four ARCA Menards Series starts for Friday’s VizCom 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

Self’s fast lap of 37.296 seconds/193.050 mph exceeded Joey Coulter’s track record set in 2012.

Self, not noted for his qualifying prowess, needed to regain some momentum after a tough day at Pocono last week.

“I kind of let my emotions get away from me last week so this feels good,” Self said. “I couldn’t do this without my Venturini Motorsports guys. This wouldn’t happen without them and this one is for them.”

Self has one previous start at Michigan Int’l Speedway, a third-place finish in 2017. Without a lot of experience, he’s relying on crew chief Shannon Rursch and his notebook to keep the car under him throughout tonight’s 100-lap, 200-mile race.

“There isn’t as much track activity here today as previous years,” Self said, “but I don’t have a whole lot of experience here so I am not the best one to ask what to expect. What I do recall is that this track doesn’t change a whole lot from morning to noon to evening and it doesn’t change a lot with added rubber laid down. It’s hard to say how different the track will be but I’ll let Shannon make those calls. I am sure he’ll have us in position to win tonight.”

Self’s Venturini Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes qualified second, followed by Tanner Gray, Ty Majeski and Riley Herbst.