KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 20, 2017) – Michael Self took home his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win in the Kansas 150 Friday night at Kansas Speedway. Self pulled ahead of Ty Majeski in the last 10 laps; Majeski and Sheldon Creed had swapped the lead for much of the 100-lap race. Self took the lead on lap 90, though, and never yielded it. He credited his crew chief, Mardy Lindley, and his spotter, Derek Kneeland, who also spots in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for driver Kyle Larson, with helping Self secure the win.
Self may have won the race, but ARCA’s biggest prize went to Austin Theriault, who was crowned as the 2017 season champion. After an impressive season which included wins on every type of race track (dirt, short track, intermediate, superspeedway, and road course), Theriault had amassed enough of a point lead that all he need do on Friday night was put his name on the entry list, so it was no problem for Theriault that he ended up brushing the wall and finishing 25th.
ARCA’s final prize went to Riley Herbst, who finished ninth in the race but won the Scott Rookie of the Year title.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers were also hard at work on Friday evening during qualifying for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. Martin Truex Jr., who is currently leading the playoff standings, will start Sunday’s race on the pole. This is Truex Jr.’s third pole of the 2017 season, and his second at Kansas Speedway. The Hollywood Casino 400 begins Sunday at 2 p.m. central time.
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