General Tire is the proud Official Racing Tire and Exclusive Tire Supplier of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, as well as the longtime supplier of tires for the ARCA Menards Series. Throughout the 2019 racing season, we’ll check in on the stock car series that feature General Tire worldwide, with race notes, previews, and driver profiles:
After taking a DNF in the season opener from Daytona International Speedway, a race that he won last year, Michael Self found redemption in Florida in the second round of the ARCA Menards Series last weekend. Self and Venturini Motorsports claimed the checkered flag at Five Flags Speedway in the ARCA Pensacola 200, leading over 50 laps and holding off Ty Gibbs in his ARCA debut. Christian Eckes, General Tire Pole Award winner Chandler Smith, and fellow series debutant Corey Heim completed the top five.
Through two races, Eckes leads the ARCA standings with 435 points, putting him 65 ahead of Travis Braden for the lead. Bret Holmes, Self, and Joe Graf Jr. complete the top five.
While the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West have all kicked off their respective championships, the three series will only be in action once more between them in March. That event goes to the West series, which will visit Irwindale Speedway on March 30 for the NAPA Auto Parts 150. Irwindale returns to the calendar after skipping the 2018 season; last time KNPSW competed there, it was in a pair of 100-lap races swept by Todd Gilliland.
The following two weeks will see the other two series return to action as well. On April 6, KNPSE heads to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway for the Zombie Auto 150, also won last year by Gilliland. The next weekend, ARCA holds its third of 20 races this season with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway.
Driver Profile: Michael Self
Now a four-time winner in the ARCA Menards Series, Self’s victory at Five Flags Speedway was only his first win on a short track. The Park City, Utah native made his stock car debut at 18 years old after starting his career in go-karts and open wheel cars, and ran four full seasons in KNPSW for Viva Motorsports and later Richard Childress Racing, with whom he scored six wins across the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
After bouncing around through a handful of seats from 2014-16, including his ARCA debut for Venturini Motorsports in 2014 and a seven-race stint in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JD Motorsports in 2015, Self returned to KNPSW with Sunrise Ford Racing in 2017 and finished fourth in the championship. He also earned his first ARCA win for MDM Motorsports in the season finale in Kansas, which landed him a part-time return to Venturini for 2018. After scoring wins in the Daytona opener and Chicagoland, Venturini promoted Self to full-time competition in 2019 in its #25 Toyota.