Michael Self Has Phoenix Circled On His Calendar

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Michael Self Has Phoenix
Michael Self is like all the other racers in the country right now wondering when he'll get back in a race car. (Kate Gardiner/ARCA photo)

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Michael Self doesn’t waste words when he talks about the upcoming venue for the ARCA Menards Series.

“I love Phoenix (Raceway),” Self said. “To be honest, I’ve been waiting seven years to go back there. As soon as I saw the schedule had some changes, that’s one I had circled.”

The 29-year-old from Park City, Utah, has plenty of reason to be giddy about the impending General Tire 150 next Friday at Phoenix Raceway.

Not only is Self coming off a season-opening win at Daytona Int’l Speedway, he is heading to a track he’s had his share of success at.

Self has five top 10s in eight starts there, including winning the West finale in 2012.

And while he’s not raced there since the track reconfigured the location of the finish line, Self has no doubts it won’t take him long to get up to speed.

“I think still know what I’m doing at Phoenix,” said Self. “I got back in the simulator at Toyota a couple weeks ago, and it all just came right back. I remember the line I used to run there.”

The start of the 2020 season has been unique for Self. When he won at Daytona in 2018, he wasn’t running a full season.

Last year, when he was chasing the championship, he started off with a crash and a 31st-place finish.

“Winning Daytona for a second time is awesome,” said Self. But winning in a season we are running for a championship, it’s so much better than last year.”

Self has stayed busy in the car since Speedweeks. He got some test time in with his Venturini Motorsports teammates this week at Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway.

He’s not the only one feeling confident, though, heading to the Valley of the Sun.

Ty Gibbs won the West finale last year, starting 22nd and driving to the front.

Sam Mayer, who finished second after starting on the pole in that race, is coming off back-to-back wins at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

The General Tire 150 is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on March 6, airing live on FS1.