Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger, Allen Crowe 100 Fast Facts
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ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 14, Allen Crowe 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield , Illinois
Race Information: Event: Allen Crowe 100, Sunday, August 23, at 1:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Illinois State Fairgrounds Qualifying: Sunday, August 23, at 11:00 a.m. Local Time; Track Length: 1.0-mile clay.
Pocono Recap: Patrick Sheltra and his Whitesville, Kentucky team finished 11th in the most recent ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Pocono Raceway earlier this month. After starting 10th based on qualifying being rained, Sheltra climbed to as high as sixth before handling issues developed forcing a backslide for the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge. Sheltra recovered in the later stages of the event to post his ninth top-15 of the 2009 season.
Welcome To My Turf: Patrick Sheltra is no stranger to the dirt and for the fifth time in his ARCA RE/MAX Series career, Sheltra will return to the dirt in the ARCA RE/MAX Series gunning for win number two Sunday afternoon. Sheltra showcased his driving talent on the dirt competing in USAC and UMP late model events throughout the United States before making the transition to asphalt full time in 2007.
One Year Ago: After recording his very first podium (third place) finish in the ARCA RE/MAX Series a year earlier at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Sheltra Motorsports returned to the one-mile oval looking for a similar effort in 2008. Sheltra was on track to record his second straight podium effort at the Springfield, Illinois venue and potentially his very first career victory but a flat tire late in the event forced a unscheduled pit stop and relegated Sheltra to a 12th place finish.
All Camo-Out: For the first time since the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February, the Sheltra Motorsports team will sport a different paint scheme for Sunday’s Allen Crowe 100. The team will utilize the same paint scheme they ran with their Dodges last year which consisted of a very slick looking all-camouflage No. 60 entry. This weekend will mark the first time that marketing partner Buffalo Wings & Rings will be hoisted atop of the team’s popular layout arrangement.
Vacation Over; Time To Get Busy: After a much needed two week break from ARCA competition, Patrick Sheltra grabbed the high gear and started preparing for a busy six race stretch for the ARCA RE/MAX Series beginning with an open test this past Wednesday at Chicagoland (Il.) Speedway in preparation for next Friday’s Ansell Cut Protection 150. Beginning with this weekend’s race at Springfield, the ARCA series will begin a grueling stretch of events combining of dirt tracks (two), intermediate track (one) a road course (one) and short tracks (two).
The Coach Still Coaching: Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Ted Musgrave will continue to serve as the driving coach for the 23-year old Sheltra this weekend and the remainder of the 2009 racing season. Musgrave, a native of Franklin, Wisconsin has over 18 years of experience combined between the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS).
NASCAR Nationwide Series Plans To Be Announced Soon: Sheltra Motorsports will announce their plans for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season in the near future. Sheltra made his third career NNS start and first of the season last month at Daytona International Speedway driving the No. 81 D.H. Griffin-Quality Turf Dodge Charger for MacDonald Motorsports.
Watcha Haulin?: Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra Motorsports chassis number 7 to the Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend. This is the same automobile the team participated with the Illinois State Fairgrounds last year and notched a runner-up finish at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The team converted the former Dale Earnhardt, Inc. automobile to a Dodge Charger during the last year. It will be run for just the seventh time in the 23-year old’s career. Chassis number 16 will serve as the team’s back-up automobile. That former Richard Childress Racing entry is a new addition to the team’s fleet. The Whitesville, Kentucky based team tested this Dodge Charger at Michigan International Speedway in May.
Points Check: After round 13 on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits eighth in the championship standings accumulating 2555 points. Just 220 points keeps Sheltra from the fourth position. The Indiantown, Florida native is 630 markers from the top-spot. Car owner Grace Sheltra sits 10th in the car owner standings.
Patrick Sheltra ARCA Career At-A-Glance: Entering Springfield, Sheltra has 59 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem Speedway (April 2009). During his ARCA tenure, Sheltra has accumulated nine top-fives and posted 19 top-10 finishes. 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.
Keeping The Streak Alive: For 36 consecutive races, Sheltra Motorsports has fielded a car for Patrick Sheltra that run in the top-10 (at one point or another) for all events reverting back to the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. The team added their 36th race at Pocono Raceway by running as high as sixth before finishing 11th in the Pennsylvania ARCA 200. During this period, the team has amassed one win, seven top-fives and 15 top-10 finishes. The team’s best qualifying effort occurred at Rockingham Speedway in April where Sheltra awarded himself with a career best run of third. The team has led five races at Cayuga Motor Speedway (2008), Kansas Speedway (2008), Rockingham Speedway (2009), Salem Speedway (2009) and Talladega Superspeedway (2008) for a total of 109 laps.
You Can Be Apart Of The Ultimate Hunting Experience: Sheltra Motorsports wants to give a race fan an ultimate opportunity to join Patrick Sheltra or Sheltra Motorsports dirt driver Shannon Babb a chance at a paramount moment to hunt with either driver at Patrick Sheltra’s hunting ranch in Dryden, Texas. The best part, all expenses paid! Race fans will have the entire ARCA season to enter the contest with the winner being announced in the ARCA RE/MAX Series finale at Rockingham Speedway in October. Visit HuntingExtravangza.com for more details.
This Is The People’s Car: In an effort to bring race fans closer to the Sheltra Motorsports team, the team is full throttle with their Peoples Car promotion. Race fans will have the opportunity to have their name plastered on the No. 60 for the rest of the ARCA RE/MAX Series season. In addition, each time a fan joins the People’s Car their name will be tossed into a drawing for an-all expensed paid trip (minus lodging expenses) to the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale at Rockingham Speedway. The lucky fan will be an honorary member of the Sheltra Motorsports team plus enjoy a few little surprises the team has spiced up for the lucky winner. Browse PatrickSheltra.com or ThePeoplesCars.com for all the details.
Vote Him Your Favorite Driver: Race fans can vote Patrick Sheltra as the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series most popular driver by visiting ARCANation.com. From now until the end of the season, race fans can click on to ARCA’s official fan-related web site and vote once a day for their favorite ARCA RE/MAX Series driver. The winner will be announced at the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet in Covington, Kentucky this December. If you’re an ARCA Nation member your vote counts twice per day for one driver. If you’re a non-ARCA Nation member, your vote counts only once. Sign up today at ARCANation.com and vote for Patrick Sheltra!
Sheltra Motorsports, Illinois State Fairgrounds Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger:
On Pocono Raceway: “We were really hoping to return to Pocono with a similar performance that we had in June but it didn’t work out. Somehow we were still able to salvage a decent finish. I wanted a top-10 but we just ran out of time.”
On Illinois State Fairgrounds: “This is our weekend to return to victory lane. I haven’t seen the guys since this pumped up in a while and we’re taking our car from last year with the same paint scheme hoping to change our luck a little bit. I can’t wait for Sunday!”
On Working With Driver Coach Ted Musgrave: “I can’t say enough about him (Ted). We are working on a number of projects inside and outside the racecar that should really affect this team in a positive way in the last eight races. I’m really glad to have him on-board and I hope to give him his first ARCA win this weekend.”
On The Key To Winning At Springfield: “Saving your equipment. Tires are not as crucial here as they would be at DuQuoin but keeping your fenders tucked in and minding you matters is the key to succeeding at Springfield. You also need to have a good handling car, one that does not want to spin out and a car that you can hammer back down in the gas without completely sliding it. We have a good car this weekend and we’re going to show it.”
On The Upcoming Six Races: “We are going to be busy. The two dirt races are exciting for us not to mention going back to Salem and throwing a couple right hand turns at New Jersey Motorsports Park – this is ARCA Racing at it’s finest. I think these next eight races our team can be contenders and we can climb back to inside the top-five in the championship standings.”
Sheltra Motorsports, Illinois State Fairgrounds Pre-Race Quotes: Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger:
On Pocono: “We made a difference from the middle of the race to the end of the race and that was encouraging. The team came together and took a 20th place finish and made an 11th place finish out of it. That’s teamwork. Sure, we would have liked to have been in the top-10 but right now we need all the points we can get.”
On Springfield: “Patrick feels jipped from last year’s race at Springfield, so he’s going to try and make up for it this weekend. The guys are excited about the race and the weather looks fantastic. We know we’re one of the favorites to win the race, so we’re going to go out there and prove why.”
On The Upcoming Six Races: “There’s a little bit of everything mixed in these upcoming six races. The only that is missing is a restrictor plate race. These pending races are no stranger to Sheltra Motorsports. We’re building cars with the intentions of putting the team back on the right path with a few trips to victory lane in-between. The team wants to finish inside the top-five by Rockingham, so that’s what we are chasing.”
Patrick Sheltra, Illinois State Fairgrounds Prior ARCA Performance Record:
|08/07||Allen Crowe 100||9||3||100/100||Running|
|08/08||Allen Crowe 100||11||12||102/102||Running|
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