LAS VEGAS, NV (6-2-12) – When Michael Self straps himself into the cockpit this Saturday in Las Vegas it will be different than ever before for the young driver. For the first time in his career, Self will take to the track as a former NASCAR winner. The Park City Utah resident hopes he and the Golden Gate Racing-Richard Childress Driver Development team can carry the momentum of his prestigious victory last week in Brainerd, Minnesota into Sin City as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West rolls into the bullring at Las Vegas for the Star Nursery 200.
“What an unbelievable weekend we had,” said Self. “We’ve known it was coming and we’ve been working so hard for it. We’ve been in position to get the win all year long, we just haven’t the luck. Anyone that knows the luck we’ve had and how hard things have been understands why this win was so huge for us. We have a huge amount of momentum right now and Vegas is one of my stronger tracks so we are definitely looking to make a presence this weekend.”
Following last week’s victory on the road course, Self rolls into the Bullring at Vegas. The Vegas venue is an action packed .375 mile oval that will host 75 miles of bumper to bumper action. The tight ovals have been a strong suit for Self and the Golden Gate Racing Team all season long, although the end results have not always illustrated as such. Saturday, the team hopes to roll the dice and be dealt a deuce by lady luck in the city where she is very well known.
Last week, Self made a successful pass on two of the strongest drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West tour, point leader Dylan Kwasneiwski and defending champion Greg Pursley. The victory marked the first for the Golden Gate Racing Team in more than a decade since Bakersfield’
“I couldn’t be any more proud to get the Golden Gate Racing team this recent win, I can’t thank Jimi Offenbach and Steve Portenga enough for what they have done for me as a driver. This whole team deserves every bit of success. I hope we can come into Vegas as strong as we left Brainerd.”
Self is now 8th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West point standings. In 2011 Self made his first series start at the Las Vegas and finished fourth at the checkered flag. So far this season his record consists of one win and three top five finishes. Self has 34 career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West point standings.
The Golden Gate Racing Team/RCR Chevrolets carried the sponsorship of Richard Childress Racing Driver Development, Bay Bio Diesel and the Golden Gate Meat Company. Additional associate sponsors that support them are the Richard Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, RCR Street Performance, Hill Meat Company, Corte Madera Tow, Harraka Racing Equipment Sales, Foodcomm International, Signco, Praxair and JW Web Design.
For an in-depth look at the Golden Gate Racing Team or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, visit their official website at www.goldengateracingteam.com. To learn more about the Richard Childress Racing Driver Development program visit www.rcrracing.com All four entities can also be found on facebook, become a fan today.