By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Michael Self won the first ARCA Race of the 2020 season at the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Venturini Motorsports driver dominated the event.
Self dominated from the pole. Also, he led 61 of the 80 laps.
“It’s unbelievable. I can tell you the second time is every bit as sweet as the first,” he said. “And to do it with this group of people around me. Sinclair Oil, Toyota, my family here, a bunch of my friends here. It’s no secret, it’s a little extra special to come to Daytona. And to do it here with these guys makes it more special on top of that. Just a truly amazing day for us a little bit surreal.”
Venturini Motorsports has won at Daytona for the third straight year. Previously, Self won at the facility two years ago.
In addition, Harrison Burton won at the track in 2019. This was Venturini Motorsports’ fourth win at Daytona International Speedway.
Hailie Deegan finished second. In fact, she is the highest finishing woman ever at Daytona.
This was her best finish in the ARCA Racing Series. Her second-place finish also tied for the best finish by a woman in the series.
“Pretty much at the end there, all I wanted to do was finish,” she said. “My goal for this race was top three to top-five was a victory for me. I was totally fine finishing second. I wasn’t going to try to do anything to Michael. It is a long season and I have to race against these guys week in and week out. It is best to stay on good terms with them.”
Previously, Deegan’s best finish was fifth at Herr’s Potato Chips 200 on October 5, 2019 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Indiana.
Drew Dollar finished third in his Venturini Motorsports ride.
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