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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.

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About Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle returns to Frontstretch in 2020 as the photo editor at Frontstretch. He will continue to contribute content in the ARCA Menards Series, Sioux Chief Challenge, and ARCA East & West Series. He is also engaged and will be getting married during the 2020 NASCAR off-season. His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway. During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.

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