Another week in the books and another wild ARCA Racing Series race to go along with it. This time the series was on the high banks of Indiana's Salem Speedway where Venturini Motorsports' Michael Self and MDM Motorsports' Zane Smith had a bit of a coming together, not once, but twice.
The issues reportedly began somewhat early in the race when Smith and Self made contact. The end result of that was damage to Smith's No. 41 machine that required him to go behind the wall for repairs. Smith eventually came back on the track, multiple laps down.
As Self battled with Sheldon Creed, Smith appeared to take a run at Self off turn two but missed. He tried again in turn three and this time he connected. Self and Smith slammed the turn four wall together with Self taking the brunt of the hit to the rear of his No. 55.
A video of the incident can be seen below.
ARCA at Salem. Zane Smith gets revenge on Michael Self. Hard crash in turn 4. pic.twitter.com/OdTCDg1oh9
— Peyton Turnage (@Peyton_Turnage) September 16, 2018
This incident has stirred up quite a bit of reaction on social media since Saturday night with Zane Smith not shying away from being honest.
Love me or hate me I did what I had to do, I come to the race track to win the race not take 💩 especially when chasing a championship. We will move on to @LucasOilRaceway and go chase another Win.
— Zane Smith (@zanesmith77) September 16, 2018
NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Scott Heckert chimed in and asked Smith if he felt this was his best course of action and Smith replied by saying yes to that question.
Yes. We were already junked after he wrecked us. Enough to not keep going so we decided to fix it enough and get back out there for a lap👍🏼
— Zane Smith (@zanesmith77) September 17, 2018
The events cost Zane Smith heavily. He left Salem trailing his teammate, Sheldon Creed, by 300 points in the championship standings with two races remaining. Self's teammate, Chandler Smith, went on to win the race.
The ARCA Racing Series now has a couple of weeks off before heading to Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, October 6. The series will wrap up its 2018 campaign on October 19 at Kansas Speedway.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor - Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: ARCA Racing Series