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Sheltra Heads To Michigan Looking For A Break

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Michigan ARCA 200

Sheltra Heads To Michigan Looking For A Break

Chris Knight/Steve Howell
Sheltra Motorsports
June 13, 2007

“Mr. Showtime Looks For Michigan Turnaround”

BROOKLYN, Michigan (June 13, 2007) - - Patrick Sheltra is itching for a good run in Friday’s ARCA 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Last weekend, Sheltra aboard Dan Kinney’s No. 60 Chevrolet Monte Carlo saw a clean top-10 finish escape when multiple tire issues take the team from the hunt.

Heading into the Motor City , Sheltra hopes to motor his Brady Ranch-FloraGanics Chevrolet Monte Carlo to his second top-10 finish of the 2007 season.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Michigan ,” said Sheltra who sits 10th in ARCA RE/MAX Series points heading into the 11th race of the season. “I made my Michigan debut last June and we were running pretty well before we had engine failure. Hopefully I can capitalize and turn things around on Friday.”

Sheltra has run well this season despite some tough results. He hopes to turn the wick up this week and send his Premier Motorsports to the front in a race that is expected to be dominated by the ARCAwackers.

“The race this week will probably be one of the most competitive of the season,” Sheltra offered. “You have some great NASCAR teams coming in and trying to take the limelight. We’ve worked hard on our Speedway program the last couple of weeks hoping to off-set their expected dominance. Our equipment has been good this year and I think this will be a race where we could shine.”

Closing in on the half-way mark of the 2007 ARS season, Sheltra seems satisfied with the team’s progress so far.

“We’ve really had a good year. We’ve had some good finishes stripped because of bad luck, but that’s part of racing. I think the second half of the season will be a lot stronger for us than many people think. We’re putting a lot of focus into the triple-crown races and Talladega Superspeedway. Those events are where we feel we can win. Of course we head into every event with the mentality that we can walk away with a victory, but those are some of the races that really stand out.”

After losing a spot to fellow Floridian Bryan Silas last weekend at Pocono Raceway, Sheltra knows that a good finish this weekend is crucial as far as the point standings are concerned.

“ Bryan led some laps at Pocono which dropped us to 10th. We’re also tied with Jason Hedlesky. We’re going to Michigan to gain on the points we lost from Brian and try to separate ourselves from Jason. I think we have a pretty good setup for the race this weekend, we just need to keep to our game and grab the best finish we can.”

Continuing their sponsorship of Sheltra’s entry this weekend is CP Concrete Products, US Construction, Brady Ranch and FloraGanics.

The ARCA 200 (100 laps/200 miles) is the 11th of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins Thursday, June 14th with a two hour practice (10:00am-12:00pm) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:00pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag on Friday at 5:00pm Local Time. The race will be aired live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at arcaracing.com

For more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit PatrickSheltra.com

PATRICK SHELTRA MICHIGAN QUICK FACTS:

2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series Stats

Starts: Nine

Best Start: Ninth at Kansas Speedway , April 2007

Top-Fives: None

Top-10s: One (Ninth at Kentucky Speedway .)

Did Not Finish (DNFs): One ( Winchester Speedway )

Laps Led: None

Notes of Interest:

  • Sheltra sits fourth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year standings despite missing the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February.

  • Sheltra drove for NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Ken Schrader in the Hantz Group 200 at Michigan International Speedway in 2006. After qualifying 31st, Sheltra soared to the top-15 before engine fatigue relegated him to a 33rd place finish.

  • When not racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Sheltra can often be found at a local dirt track competing nationwide in his late model.

  • Sheltra is a native of Indiantown , Florida

  • Sheltra is a graduate of Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track High Performance Driving School .

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    MEDIA CONTACTS:


    NAME: Chris Knight, Premier Motorsports
    PHONE: 239.834.9797
    EMAIL: knight849@aol.com


    NAME: Steve Howell, Sheltra Motorsports
    PHONE: 912.674.1000
    EMAIL: sheltramotorsports@hotmail.com



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