Solid Practice Effort For Patrick Sheltra At Talladega
Topics: Patrick Sheltra, ARCA RE/MAX 250
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TALLADEGA, Alabama (April 23, 2009) - - Patrick Sheltra is on a mission this weekend. Not on a mission to win his first career race as the Indiantown, Florida native delivered his first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in spectacular fashion at Salem Speedway earlier this month, but on a mission to put his No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings / BuckedUpApparel.com Dodge Charger in victory lane on a superspeedway.
The last time Sheltra, a 22-year old rising star tackled a superspeedway it was on the treacherous high banks of Daytona International Speedway where Sheltra was involved in a monstrous accident which almost halted Sheltra’s third year of ARCA RE/MAX Series competition.
Back and better than ever, Sheltra returns to restrictor plate racing this time at the breathtaking 2.66-mile superspeedway of Talladega, Alabama where the current ARCA RE/MAX Series point’s leader set the 11th fastest time in the lone practice session on Thursday by setting a time of 51.767 seconds at 184.983 miles per hour.
“The car is real good,” said Sheltra, who finished fifth in last year’s ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. “The car is set to race. I think we have a good qualifying car but this baby will really come to life in the race.”
On the heels of a second place finish last Sunday at Rockingham Speedway, Sheltra invades Talladega Superspeedway looking to keep his momentum alive while pulling ahead in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings.
“This is a crap-shoot race for sure,” Sheltra sounded. “It’s a fun place to race, but man anything can and usually does happen here. Keeping out of the big one and being around for the final 10 laps are critical here at Talladega.”
The fourth race of the season also marks the first primary marketing partnership for Buffalo Wings & Rings as the Cincinnati, Ohio based company has leaped aboard to take control of Sheltra’s No. 60 Dodge Charger at Talladega Superspeedway.
“I’m so proud to have Buffalo Wings & Rings on this car,” added Sheltra. “What a company they are and I’m looking forward to a long standing relationship with them. They are incredible people with 44 great establishments and it’s our intention to put them in victory lane Friday afternoon.”
In addition, Salem, New Hampshire’s Scott Herman, a cast member favorite in the 2009 edition of MTV’s Real World: Brooklyn is hanging out with the Sheltra Motorsports team this weekend and grasping his first waive of auto racing from inside the garage.
“Scott is a cool dude,” replied Sheltra. “I met him last night for the first time and he had an instant click with this race team. He is our guest this weekend at Talladega and I’m really glad he’s here and we’re looking forward to bringing him back to more races down the road while making him a fan for life!”
Entering Talladega, Sheltra has 49 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem Speedway (April 2009). Sheltra also holds second place efforts at Rockingham Speedway (April 2009), Toledo Speedway (May 2008) and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2008) with four additional top-five finishes, (fourth) at Toledo Speedway (October 2008), (fifth) at Talladega Superspeedway (October 2008), (third) at Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 2007) and (fourth) at Berlin Raceway (July 2007) while holding additional top-10s at Nashville Superspeedway (August 2008), Michigan International Speedway (June 2008), Kentucky Speedway (May 2008), Kansas Speedway (April 2008), Iowa Speedway (April 2008), Kentucky Speedway (June 2007), DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2007) and Toledo Speedway (October 2007). A third place qualifying effort at Rockingham Speedway (April 2009) is Sheltra’s best time trials efforts to date. He has controlled the ARCA field five times for 109 laps.
The ARCA RE/MAX 250 (94 laps / 250 miles) is the fourth of 22 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 47th ever ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway is a two-day show. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for Thursday afternoon slated to begin at 5:05 p.m. A “Happy Hour” 45-minute practice has been etched in on Friday, April 24 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. The event will take the green flag that afternoon shortly after 4:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional live broadcasting available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
About Sheltra Motorsports:
Sheltra Motorsports (sheltramotorsports.com) is a three-tier Motorsports operation consisting of dirt and asphalt competition. Patrick Sheltra, a 22-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 Nationwide Series. 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 .
TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:
NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 239.214.1083
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