In seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series races at Iowa Speedway, no driver from the West Series has won. Until now.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Iowa Speedway puts Michael Self in victory lane
Apparently the eighth time was the charm as Michael Self won the Casey's General Store 150 and became the first driver from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West to win outright at Iowa Speedway. The race pits the drivers and teams from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and East. An East Series driver won the previous seven races.
Michael Self takes the checkered flag at NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Iowa Speedway
Self was the highest finishing driver from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in the race at Iowa Speedway in November. He was ninth overall, but credited with a victory as the highest finishing driver from the West Series.
This time there was no qualification for the victory. Self led a race-high 83 laps in a race that went 159 laps because of cautions and crashes.
He took the lead from Brett Moffitt on lap 87 and held it for the final 73 laps of the race.
"To come to Iowa Speedway and perform like this in front of these fans, the West win for us last year was big," said Self, a 22-year-old from Park City, Utah. "To win overall, I couldn't believe it. I haven't been this excited over a win, a big night for us."
Anderson Bowen, a 15-year-old rookie making his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series start, won the pole. He led the first nine laps of the race before falling back and finishing in 14th place.
Another rookie, Cole Custer, took the lead from Bowen on lap 10 and was out front for 18 laps.
The serious contenders worked their way to the front with Moffitt taking the lead on lap 29. He was the leader for 59 laps before giving way to Self.
Michael Self celebrates victory of NASCAR K&N Pro Series race Casey's General Stores 150
Moffitt and Self swapped time leading the race until lap 87 when Self took the lead for good.
Self won his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race in a row and has won five times in the past 14 races.
"It was such a good car," Self said. "And such a big thanks to (crew chief) Steve Portenga and the Golden Gate Racing team for putting that car together."
Dylan Kwasniewski finished second and was the highest finishing driver from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He was credited with a victory and won his second race of the season. He was the winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at Bristol Motor Speedway.
"We just rallied back," Kwasniewski said. "We were trying hard to beat Michael out there, but he was really good. ... It was fun running with Brett. It was a great race."
Moffitt crossed the finish line in third place, his fourth top-five finish in six NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races.
"I should feel really good about it, but we really start needing to get wins here," said Moffitt. "It's just really frustrating when we had a decent race car here the first half. We just got really tight and didn't adjust enough. We need to get on our game there."
Moffitt leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings by five points over Kwasniewski despite not having a win in the series yet.
Self was six points behind Derek Thorn for the lead in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings after the Iowa Speedway race. Thorn took a big hit in the standings with an 18th place finish. But he was the fifth-place finisher among NASCAR K&N Pro Series West drivers.
The next NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race is the Toyota/G-Oil 150 at Lebanon I-44 Speedway on June 9.
The next NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race is at Langley Speedway on June 22.
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