Patrick Sheltra Scores Podium Finish At Pocono Raceway
Topics: Patrick Sheltra, Pocono ARCA 200
June 8, 2009
“Mr. Showtime Climbs To Fifth In Points”
LONG POND, Pennsylvania (June 8, 2009) - - Veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) driver Patrick Sheltra stated he wanted to have a stellar performance in the Pocono ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway. A stellar performance is exactly what he delivered with a third place finish in Saturday’s seventh ARCA race of the season.
Prior to Saturday, Sheltra had only been able to muster a best finish of 11th but coming off a bad race at Toledo Speedway a few weeks prior Sheltra was bound and determined to end the bad luck streak and return his Sheltra Motorsports team to form.
Bringing back the same No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger the team competed with last year at Pocono Raceway, Sheltra and his Sheltra Motorsports bunch led by former ARCA driver John Hayden had high hopes for the first of two Pocono Raceway events this season.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature would take it’s toll on the series yet again as constant rainfall would drench the Long Pond track Friday and force the postponement of practice until Saturday morning and completely wash out qualifying which subsequently would lock Sheltra eighth on the starting grid based on the team’s 2009 car owner standings.
Saturday morning brought better weather conditions allowing the teams to tackle the 2.5-mile speedway for a brief practice session. Sheltra quickly moved into the top-10 before reporting to the team that he needed a gear change on his No. 60 machine. Despite falling out of the top-10 during the switch, Sheltra propelled himself back into the top-10 and eventually finished practice in the ninth position.
“The car is good,” said Sheltra. “The short practice hurt us a little I think but we’ll continue to get the car better and hope for a good race.”
At the start of the Pocono ARCA 200, Sheltra wasted no time picking off positions and had clocked into the fifth position when the yellow flag flew on lap one.
On the restart, Sheltra began powering towards the front again and found himself in the fourth position before a tight condition would settle in. The handling woes would slip Sheltra in the running order. When the first set of pit stops began approaching half-way, Sheltra was tucked in the sixth position.
A chassis adjustment, four tires and fuel were the norm for the Sheltra Motorsports gang with the pit crew performing an awesome pit stop which allowed Sheltra to gain three positions on the track.
Back to racing, Sheltra continued to flirt with a position inside the top-five before handling problems would yet again settle in. Still, Sheltra would not go down without a fight and continued a strong presence inside the top-six when the final set of pit stops occurred inside the final 30 markers of the event.
Another solid performance on pit road gained Sheltra positions on the track with the Indiantown, Florida native holding fourth in the running order.
On the restart, Sheltra put on a great battle with the No. 16 of Joey Coulter with the two Floridians swapping positions back and forth for several laps before Coulter succumbed to Sheltra’s Buffalo Wings & Rings Racing machine. Sheltra would pull away from Coulter on the final lap to cross the start finish line third, locking his first Pocono podium finish and the team’s best result since finishing second at Rockingham Speedway in April.
“It wasn’t an easy race,” said Sheltra, who moved to fifth in points with his performance. “I had to fight for that one. It was a lot of fun though. We had a good car, just had a tight condition that we had to battle over and over again all day long. The guys did a phenomenal job on pit road. I was real proud of them. I’m happy for Buffalo Wings & Rings and everyone associated with this race team. I think we’re back on track.”
The 23-year old phenom added, “I had a great time racing with Joey Coulter. We raced hard together for a lot of laps and we never touched. I have a lot of respect for him and I appreciate that he raced me cleanly."
Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is a trip to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) for the running of the Racing for Wildlife 200 on Friday, June 12. The event will be broadcasted live on SPEED.
Exiting Pocono, Sheltra has 53 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 five additional top-five finishes, (third) at Pocono Raceway (June 2009), (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 Kentucky Speedway (May 2009), 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.
For more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit PatrickSheltra.com.
For additional input on Buffalo Wings & Rings, please connect to Buffalowingsandrings.com or call 513.831.WING.
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 .
About Buffalo Wings & Rings:
Buffalo Wings & Rings is the fastest-growing privately owned franchised chain of restaurants in the nation serving Buffalo-style chicken wings, onion rings, burgers, chicken and salads. Founded in 1988 in Cincinnati, OH, Buffalo Wings & Rings operates 44 franchised restaurants in the United States. Buffalo Wings & Rings was ranked the #1 fastest growing restaurant chain nationwide in the July 2008 issue of Restaurant Business, and ranked in the top 500 franchises in the January 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. For more information, visit www.buffalowingsandrings.com or call 513-831-WING.
TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:
NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 239.214.1083
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