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Patrick Sheltra Wins On The Dirt Friday Night; Looking For Toledo Victory Sunday

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Hantz Group 200

Patrick Sheltra Wins On The Dirt Friday Night; Looking For Toledo Victory Sunday

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
May 16, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio (May 16, 2008) - - With an off-night from ARCA racing activities avid racecar driver Patrick Sheltra headed to Union County Speedway in Liberty, Indiana hoping to secure his first dirt victory of the season. He succeed in spectacular fashion leading all but five laps of his 30-lap feature to take the win Friday night.

Sheltra, driving his camouflaged No. 23 Brady Ranch-Sheltra & Son Construction-All About Flowers Chevrolet Monte Carlo started third and quickly sought the two leaders before overtaking them early in the run. Sheltra kept his competition at bay to score his first major triumph of the 2008 season.

“This is awesome,” said Sheltra. “I have to thank my entire dirt team for all of their hard work. We had a great night and a strong car. Hopefully tonight’s victory can lead into a much bigger win in Sunday’s ARCA race.”

Earlier in the night, Sheltra advanced to the feature after finished second in his heat.

With a popular win in the books, Sheltra will drive overnight to Toledo , Ohio where he will participate in practice and ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying Saturday at Toledo Speedway for the seventh race of the 2008 ARCA schedule, the Hantz Group 200 by Federated Car Care.

The 22-year old Sheltra heads to the half-mile oval looking for his second consecutive top-10 effort at the legendary oval after securing an impressive top-10 finish last October.

“Momentum is on my side and I’m pumped up and ready to go,” continued Sheltra. “With the win tonight, I feel we can go to Toledo this weekend and make it two-for-two. My asphalt Sheltra Motorsports team has worked hard all season long and we feel like we’ll have the car to beat for Sunday’s race.”

The Hantz Group 200 by Federated Car Care (100 miles/200 laps) is the seventh of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The first of two events held at Toledo Speedway this season is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 17 with an hour and half practice session planned from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Sunday, May 18 shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will tape-delayed on MavTV with the first showing scheduled for May 23rd at 8:00 p.m. EST. Additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

For more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit the newly re-launched PatrickSheltra.com.

About Sheltra Motorsports:

Sheltra Motorsports (sheltramotorsports.com) is a three-tier Motorsports operation consisting of dirt and asphalt competition. Patrick Sheltra, a 21-year old native of Indiantown , Florida competes in the UMP and WoO (Dirt) Series; while also running a full schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series (No. 60) and a limited schedule in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (No. 35). Sheltra Motorsports ownership is combined of Richard, Grace and Patrick Sheltra. The team is headquartered in Indiantown , Florida with additional operations in Richmond , Indiana and Whitesville , Kentucky .



NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 830.261.1215
EMAIL: knight849@aol.com

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