Michael Self Leads Venturini Sweep of Five Flags Practice

Michael Self Leads Venturini Sweep of Five Flags Practice

Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) led a Venturini Motorsports sweep of the top three positions in the only practice for tonight's ARCA Pensacola 200 at Five Flags Speedway. Self's fast lap of 17.159 seconds/104.901 miles per hour came in the closing minutes of the 90-minute session.

Self, a three-time ARCA Menards Series winner, is looking for his first career short track win. He led his teammate Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota) by just 0.073 seconds. Smith's fast lap was 17.232 seconds/104.457 miles per hour. The third Venturini Motorsports driver, Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) was third with a fast lap at 17.356/103.711 miles per hour. Eckes is a former Snowball Derby winner at Five Flags Speedway, while Smith has hundreds of laps of experience at the track in late model competition.

Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) was fourth in his first official ARCA Menards Series practice session. Gibbs is the grandson of legendary NFL coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs and the son of former NASCAR driver Coy Gibbs. Gibbs's fast lap was 17.381 seconds/103.561 miles per hour.

Former Five Flags Speedway pro late model champion Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation/Southern States Bank Chevrolet) was fifth. Holmes's fast lap was 17.410 seconds/103.289 miles per hour.

Carson Hocevar (No. 28 Berger Chevrolet/KBR Development Chevrolet), Tanner Gray (No. 54 Valvoline/Durst Toyota), Kaden Honeycutt (No. 38 Kaden Honeycutt Racing Ford), Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children's Charities Ford) and Raphael Lessard (No. 19 FRL Express Chevrolet) rounded out the top ten.

Matt Dooley (No. 11 Fast Track High Performance Racing Chevrolet) spun on the backstretch without contact to bring out the only caution of the session.

General Tire Pole Qualifying is up next at 4:30 pm ET/3:30 pm ET. The ARCA Pensacola 200 will be shown live on MAVTV starting at 8 pm ET/7 pm ET. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring for free at ARCARacing.com. New members can register at ARCARacing.com/login.