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Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Pocono ARCA 200 Fast Facts

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Pocono ARCA 200

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Pocono ARCA 200 Fast Facts

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
June 5, 2009


Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger, Pocono ARCA 200 Fast Facts

ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 7, Pocono ARCA 200, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Race Information: Event: Pocono ARCA 200, Saturday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Pocono Raceway Qualifying: Friday, June 5, at 1:45 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: 2.5-mile paved-triangle.

Toledo Recap: After finishing second and fourth respectively the year previous at Toledo Speedway, Sheltra Motorsports and driver Patrick Sheltra had high hopes for the sixth race of the season. While practice started out rough, the team improved and had a good handling car underneath Sheltra for the race until contact from Paul Menard slammed Sheltra into the outside wall inside the race’s first 50 laps. The team repaired the car with Sheltra returning to the track and finishing 29th.

Returning To Long Pond: The Indiantown, Florida native will make his sixth start at the popular triangle race course and aim for his first top-10 finish. In his previous five efforts, Sheltra has acquired two top-15 finishes with a best effort of 11th in August 2007. Qualifying though has not been a downfall for the popular driver as Sheltra has nailed four top-15 qualifying runs including a track best of ninth in the summer race of 2007.

Busy Week Ahead: Following the completion of the Pocono ARCA 200, Sheltra will board a plane and head west to Las Vegas, Nevada where he’ll make an appearance for marketing partner Buffalo Wings & Rings at their annual franchisee meeting. From “Sin City”, Sheltra will commute on Wednesday and head to Michigan in preparation for next Friday’s Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

Watcha Haulin?: Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra chassis number 11 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. The primary machine will be the same Dodge that Sheltra competed with at Pocono Raceway last year. The former Penske Racing automobile will be run for just the third time in Sheltra’s ARCA 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 last Wednesday.

Points Check: After round six on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits sixth in the championship standings accumulating 1220 points. A mere 10 points keeps Sheltra from the fifth position. Sheltra is 295 markers from the top-spot. Car owner Grace Sheltra sits eighth in the car owner standings.

Keeping The Streak Alive: For 29 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 29th race at Toledo Speedway despite being knocked out of the event early. During this period, the team has amassed one win, six top-fives and 12 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 Rockingham Speedway (2009), Salem Speedway (2009) Kansas Speedway (2008), Cayuga Motor Speedway (2008), and Talladega Superspeedway (2008), for a total of 109 laps.

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. Stay tuned to PatrickSheltra.com or ThePeoplesCars.com for all the details.

Vote Now: 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, Pocono Raceway Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger:

On Toledo Speedway: “I had high hopes for Toledo. We had a decent car in practice but the guys had it pretty good for the race. We were being patience but racing hard and got knocked out. It was real disappointing especially with our track record there. We’ll go back in September and try again.”

On Pocono Raceway: “It’s a neat place. I’ve always had good cars there but for one reason or another we haven’t been able to seal the deal. I think without a doubt we will this weekend.”

On The Announcement Of The Cancellation Of The Cayuga ARCA Race: “I have mixed feelings about it really. It’s a big expense on the ARCA RE/MAX Series teams but the track was a lot of fun. We were looking forward to going back there because we had a good car and led the race last year but there’s been some pressure relieved by the expense of the race. Hopefully ARCA can go back to Cayuga eventually because it was a good race for the Canadians.”

On His Upcoming Las Vegas Trip: “I’m looking forward to going to Las Vegas with the folks from Buffalo Wings & Rings. This is a big event for them and I know a lot of the corporate officials are excited to be apart of Sheltra Motorsports and it’s my goal to go out there and get everyone else pumped up about our partnership.”

On The Point Standings: “We took a hit but we are not sunk. We have some ground to make up but we’re going to try and make the climb. It’s still real early in the season and I’m not worrying about points as much. I’m going out there every week and try and win races. If we do that the points will tally for themselves.”

Sheltra Motorsports, Pocono Raceway Pre-Race Quotes: Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger:

On Toledo: “It was disappointing to say the least. We thought we had a good enough racecar where we could visit victory lane for the second time this year but it just didn’t workout.”

On Pocono: “Patrick really enjoys competing at Pocono Raceway; we just need some luck there. We had good cars last year, we just don’t have the finishes to show for it. We’re going there this weekend on a mission and I think we’re going to be alright.”

On The Announcement Of The Cancellation Of The Cayuga ARCA Race: “It’s a shame for everyone involved. From the track to the teams and even the series but I’ve heard from many that it’s a relief and it will be. However, as a team it does save us some money and that’s not a bad thing right now.”

PRIOR RESULTS:

Patrick Sheltra, Pocono Raceway Prior ARCA Performance Record:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status
06/06 Pocono 200 21 22 81/88 Accident
06/07 Pocono 200 15 24 78/80 Running
08/07 Pennsylvania 200 9 11 80/80 Running
06/08 Pocono 200 15 33 34/88 Engine
08/08 Pennsylvania 200 13 12 80/80 Running

The Pocono ARCA 200 (80 laps / 200 miles) is the seventh of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 48th ARCA race at Pocono Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, June 5 with an hour and forty minute practice session planned from 10:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 1:45 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Saturday, June 6 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The event will tape-delayed on SPEED and will air at 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The race however will be broadcasted live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

Fast Links:

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 .

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TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:

NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 239.214.1083
EMAIL: chris@patricksheltra.com

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