Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger, Ansell Cut Protection 150 Fast Facts
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ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 15, Ansell Cut Protection 150 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet , Illinois
Race Information: Event: Ansell Cut Protection 150, Friday, August 28 at 5:30 p.m. Local Time Track: Chicagoland Speedway Qualifying: Friday, August 28 at 12:00 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: 1.5-mile paved tri-oval.
Illinois State Fairgrounds Recap: Patrick Sheltra was in familiar territory last weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield) and it showed. Sheltra making his third start at the Springfield, Illinois dirt track qualified an impressive fourth and rallied from a gas-only stop to hold off a pack of hungry voulchers to cross the start-finish line third tying the his previous best effort in the Allen Crowe 100 in 2007. Sheltra’s performance was his fourth top-five effort of the year.
Welcome Back To The Windy City: Patrick Sheltra returns to the Windy City looking to make his fourth career start at the Chicagoland Speedway. Sheltra is in search of collecting his first career top-10 finish at the aggressive cookie-cutter track. Chicagoland Speedway holds the spot of Sheltra’s inaugural ARCA RE/MAX Series debut in 2005 driving a second entry for Clements Racing. After qualifying an impressive 21st, clutch problems sidelined Sheltra. His best finish in three previous starts at Chicagoland Speedway was 13th in 2007.
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Testing, Testing 1.2.3.: To prepare the team for the 15th event on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Sheltra Motorsports participated in the open ARCA RE/MAX Series test at Chicagoland Speedway last Wednesday. Sheltra’s driving coach and 2005 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Champion Ted Musgrave also spent some time at the wheel looking to dial in the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger with the intentions of soaring the third-year ARCA team to victory lane for the second time this season.
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 use Sheltra Motorsports Chassis No. 13 this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This is the same piece the team raced to a sixth and ninth place finish at Kentucky Speedway this year. This car has also had track time at Michigan International Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway and Chicagoland Speedway last season. The former Penske Racing ride has four top-10 finishes including a best of sixth at Michigan (2008) and Kentucky (2009) in five starts. It will be run for just the sixth time in Sheltra’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. It has yet to see any ARCA race competition.
Points Check: After round 14 on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits eighth in the championship standings accumulating 2770 points. Just 120 points separate Sheltra from the fourth position. The Indiantown, Florida native is 655 markers from the top-spot. Car owner Grace Sheltra sits ninth in the car owner standings.
Patrick Sheltra ARCA Career At-A-Glance: Entering Chicagoland, Sheltra has 60 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem Speedway (April 2009). During his ARCA tenure, Sheltra has accumulated 10 top-fives and posted 20 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 37 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 37th race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds by finishing third in last Sunday’s Allen Crowe 100. During this period, the team has amassed one win, eight top-fives and 16 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, Chicagoland Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger:
On Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield): “The finish was exactly what this team needed. We had a good car from the start of practice. We kept adjusting on it and it was even faster for qualifying. We got hit by a spinning car early in the race but we were able to recover and work our way back up to the top-five. Everyone around us and most of the top-10 had new tires, so I was proud of what we accomplished by just taking a fuel only stop.”
On Chicagoland Speedway: “Chicagoland Speedway is a fast track. It’s similar to Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway but all of these mile-and-a-half tracks stand out for each other in some way, shape or form. I’ve always run well there, I just need a finish to show for it.”
On The Open ARCA RE/MAX Series Test: “The test was pretty decent. We worked a lot on the car and we were able to make it a lot better. I appreciate Ted (Musgrave) flying up for the test and assisting us. We weren’t showing everything we had and the guys have made even more changes back at the shop, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s all going to lay out.”
On The Key To Winning At Chicagoland: “Luck, horsepower and fuel mileage. If you have to have luck at Chicagoland Speedway because you can find yourself in trouble there quickly. Motor is important because it’s a fast track. You need to be able to have the speed on the frontstretch and backstretch to be able to setup your competition for impending pass(es). Last but not least, you can never count out fuel mileage at a place like this. Kentucky last year we saw a bunch of teams run out of fuel and it very well could happen here. We’ll just keep focused on all that and maybe more and we should roll out with another good finish.”
On The Points Gain: “Springfield was a good race for us, especially point’s wise. We did everything we needed to do and more. We know that our chances of probably winning the championship are out the window but there are still placements inside the top-five that are up for grabs. We just need to keep busting off performances like we did at Springfield and we should be sitting comfortably in top-five come year’s end.”
Sheltra Motorsports, Chicagoland Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger:
On Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield): “Springfield is exactly what we needed to put this team back on the map. Patrick and the team were confident about Springfield early last week and it showed on Sunday. The guys just did a great job. I know that when they go to DuQuoin in a couple weeks, they’ll be looking to cap off the dirt races in victory lane.”
On Chicagoland: “It’s the track of Patrick’s ARCA RE/MAX Series debut in 2005 so it has some sentimental value to us. He’s never been able to get the finishes he deserves but it isn’t from the lack of trying. We feel from what we learned from the test last weekend and Patrick’s confidence roll right now we should be in-store for another strong run on Friday afternoon.”
On The Points Gain: “To shave off 120 points in one race between four competitors is huge. It’s what we needed to put us back in the hunt for finishing in the top-five. We knew that Springfield and DuQuoin could be our biggest chances to gain some ground and we took full advantage of that last Sunday. Chicagoland is another opportunity, so we just need to use our head and make sure we’re around for the end when it counts the most.”
Patrick Sheltra, Chicagoland Speedway Prior ARCA Performance Record:
The Ansell Cut Protection 150 (150 miles / 100 laps) is the 15th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The ninth ARCA event held at Chicagoland Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Thursday, August 27 with a one hour and twenty minute practice session planned from 4:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. A Happy Hour practice run has been set for Friday morning August 28 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 5:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional broadcast coverage available live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
Driver / Team: Patrick Sheltra on the web: PatrickSheltra.com
Marketing Partner: Buffalo Wings & Rings on the web: BuffaloWingsandRings.com
Sanction: ARCA RE/MAX Series: ARCARacing.com
About Sheltra Motorsports:
Sheltra Motorsports (sheltramotorsports.com) is a three-tier Motorsports operation consisting of dirt and asphalt competition. Patrick Sheltra, a 23-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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