DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Michael Self is looking to do one spot better at seasons end in 2020.
He’ll begin that quest at the front of the field, as he earned the Genera Tire Pole Award for the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway.
Self’s quick lap of 49.434 seconds around the 2.5-mile tri-oval came in the first of six qualifying groups. Each group had a four-minute timed session.
RACING-REFERENCE: Complete Qualifying Results
“Probably up until last year, qualifying was a bit of a sour point for me because I always has such bad qualifying results,” he said. “But we kind of squashed that last year […] to get it here at Daytona International Speedway, it’s really special for Sinclair Oil, Venturini Motorsports and Toyota.”
It?s his sixth career pole award?
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Self earned four poles last season (Toledo, Charlotte, Michigan and Chicago) en route to a runner-up finish in the championship standings. He’s the only driver in the field with a victory at The World Center of Racing.
Racing-Reference: Michael Self Career Statistics
Andy Seuss, Dave Mader III, Jason White and Drew Dollar completed the top five. This is Mader’s best start in nearly four decades, since Talladega in 1991.
Riley Herbst, Hailie Deegan, Connor Hall, David Gravel and Dominique VanWieringen round out the top 10.
The green flag for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire is scheduled to fly at 4:30 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1.