CONCORD, N.C. – Michael Self will start from the pole in Thursday night’s ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Self turned a lap of 29.686 seconds (181.904 mph) with the No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota during General Tire Pole Qualifying. Self also won the pole at the most-recent series race at Toledo Speedway.
“I have won four poles in something like 100 career stock car starts and two of them have been the last two weeks so maybe I am figuring this qualifying thing out,” Self said. “I actually thought I left a lot on the table on that lap. I came on the radio and apologized to my guys and they came back and said, ‘Why are you saying you’re sorry? You’re the fastest one so far.’”
Self is a two-time winner so far in 2019, with wins at Five Flags and Salem, and leads the series standings by 30 points over Travis Braden.
Reigning NHRA Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion Tanner Gray will start alongside Self on the front row after a lap of 29.802 seconds (181.196 mph) with his No. 54 Durst/Valvoline Toyota.
Gray scored his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win two weeks ago at South Boston Speedway.
Daytona winner Harrison Burton qualified third at 29.855 seconds (180.874 mph), while Codie Rohrbaugh qualified a career-best fourth at 29.864 seconds (180.820 mph) and Nashville winner Christian Eckes qualified fifth at 29.916 seconds (180.505 mph).
Bret Holmes, reigning series champion Sheldon Creed, Ty Majeski, Riley Herbst and Joe Graf Jr. rounded out the top 10 qualifiers.
The 20-minute timed session was interrupted twice by accidents, first involving Willie Mullins (No. 3 Crow Wing Recycling Ford) and then moments after the session resumed by C.J. McLaughlin (No. 09 SciAps Chevrolet).
Both teams are attempting to make repairs in time for the start of the race.