STOCKTON, California — After a tough road race in his home state last week, Utah's Michael Self and the San Francisco based Golden Gate Racing Team are more than ready to return to short track racing this Saturday at the Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, California. This event marks NASCAR's return to the historic quarter mile where the both the Richard Childress Racing Development supported team and its primary driver have had many top runs in previous venues.
"We're excited to be coming back to Stockton, it's nice to have them back on the NASCAR West schedule after all these years," said Jimi Z, owner of the Golden Gate Racing Team. "This team had many top runs at Stockton in the past years. It was one of the strongest tracks when Steve Portenga, our crew chief, was behind the wheel. With Michael's past success there in late models and Steve's knowledge of the track I think we will have a very strong run. We're ready to go short track racing on Saturday night."
NASCAR West ran at consistently at Stockton 99 Speedway from 1966 up until 1983. The series returned to the competitive quarter-mile in 2002 and competed in eight more races up until 2006. It was then that the track was closed from operation to make room for a housing development. After the construction plans fell through, the historic NASCAR track was remodeled and welcomes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series west this Saturday for the Pick N Pull 150.
"I'm really excited to be coming back to Stockton and getting back to some short track racing," said Self. "After the troubles we had in Utah I am looking to carry the momentum we came out of our short track run in Havasu into this race. We have a great short track program in place and I've had some really strong runs at Stockton in my career. I have no doubt we will be running up front."
Self will be aboard the Rockwell Watches-Bay Bio Diesel-RCR #21 Chevrolet. Prior to the 18th place finish last week in Utah, Self drove to an impressive fourth place finish at Havasu last week. Havasu is another tight, short track on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West tour. With that recent success he and the team will bring their momentum and knowledge into Stockton and are hopeful for a strong finish.
Currently, Self is seventh in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship point standings. He is just 34 points behind the series point leader. Saturday will mark Self's 32nd NASCAR Series start. In previous short track competition he has 10 starts in tracks shorter than a half mile. Self has earned three top five finishes and five top tens in short track competition with his career best finish of fourth place.
The Golden Gate Racing Team/RCR Chevrolet carries the sponsorship of Richard Childress Racing Driver Development, Rockwell Watches ,Pat O'Keefe's Bay Bio Diesel and the Golden Gate Meat Company. Additional associate sponsors that support them are the Richard Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, RCR Street Performance, Hill Meat Company, Corte Madera Tow, Harraka Racing Equipment Sales, Foodcomm International, Signco, Praxair and JW Web Design.
For an in-depth look at the Golden Gate Racing Team or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, visit their official website at www.goldengateracingteam.com. To follow Michael Self on twitter you can find him @mself-21.