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ARCA Points Leader Michael Self Docked 50 Championship Points After Michigan Victory

Venturini Motorsports driver Michael Self and the team were handed a 50-point penalty following their ARCA Menards Series victory at Michigan International Speedway last weekend.

The car was found to violate page 31, #3, Body, Composite, which means the team made an illegal modification/alteration to the body of the car itself. Self would have entered this week’s race at Madison International Speedway with a sizable points lead, but following the penalty, he is just 15 points up on second place Bret Holmes.

Along with the 50-driver-point deduction, the No. 25 also loses 50 owner points. Crew Chief Shannon Rursch was fined $3,000 for the violation as well. ARCA denoted that this is the team’s second post-race technical inspection violation of the year.

The No. 54, piloted by Tanner Gray, also failed inspection, but it was for page 31, #3, Body, Composite, item i, which is concerning the minimum/maximum ride height. Crew Chief Seth Smith was fined $1,500, Gray was fined 25 championship points, and DGR-Crosley was fined 25 owner points. Gray remains 10th in championship points, but now has a 30-point deficit on Dick Doheny, who sits ninth.

Gray nor his DGR-Crosley team are entered in this weekend’s race at Madison. The organization was slated to run the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Thompson Speedway, but that race was canceled due to a low car count.