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Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Chevrolet Toledo ARCA Fast Facts

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Menards 200

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Chevrolet Toledo ARCA Fast Facts

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
May 15, 2009


Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care Fast Facts

ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 6, Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care, Toledo Speedway, Toledo, Ohio

Race Information: Event: Menards 200 by Federated Car Care, Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Toledo Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, May 16, at 3:30 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: .5-mile paved-oval.

Kentucky Recap: Patrick Sheltra returned to the track that awarded him his first ever ARCA RE/MAX Series top-10 finish in 2007. Track seepage issues hindered the teams in practice but Sheltra was able to muster the 20th fastest time with ARCA qualifying being canceled, Sheltra would start the fifth race of the season from the sixth position. During the race’s 100-laps, Sheltra never fell out of the top-six and battled as high as third before succumbing to a tight-handling racecar to nap a sixth place run and securing his third top-10 finish of the season.

Returning To The Buckeye State: For the fifth time in his ARCA RE/MAX Series, Patrick Sheltra will take the green flag at Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon. In four prior efforts at the Northern Ohio short track, Sheltra has maneuvered two top-five finishes including a runner-up finish last May. Additionally, Sheltra posted an eighth place finish at Toledo Speedway in October 2007. Sheltra’s average finishing position is 10th at ARCA’s home-town facility.

Happy Birthday Sheltra Family: On Thursday, May 14, veteran ARCA driver Patrick Sheltra celebrated his 23rd birthday. Ironically, it is also the same birthday as his father Rick Sheltra. Both Father and Son spent the day in Indiantown , Florida celebrating with family and close friends.

The Buffalo’s On The Hood For The Rest Of ‘09: For their fifth time this year and third on the hood, Sheltra Motorsports is proud to have Buffalo Wings & Rings on-board as the primary marketing partner for Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care and for the rest of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. Known for its “Great Food; No Bull!” campaign, Sheltra Motorsports will host guests from the establishment’s Lima, Ohio location for the sixth race of the season.

Autographs Anyone?: After his duties at the track on Sunday morning, Sheltra will participate in pre-race activities at the Toledo Speedway participating in an on-track autograph session from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. local time.

Watcha Haulin?: Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra chassis number 8 to Toledo Speedway this weekend. The primary machine will be the same Chevrolet that Sheltra maneuvered to a second and fourth place finish at Toledo Speedway last year. It’s also responsible for a ninth place finish at Iowa Speedway last season in addition to an eighth place effort at Toledo Speedway in October 2007. Chassis number 5 will serve as the team’s back-up automobile. That former Joe Gibbs Racing entry is the same automobile that Sheltra rocketed to his first victory at Salem Speedway earlier in April.

Points Check: After round five on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits fourth in the championship standings accumulating 1135 points. Sheltra is just 150 markers from returning to the top-spot. Car owner Grace Sheltra sits fifth in the car owner standings.

Keeping The Streak Alive: For 28 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 28th race by finishing sixth under the Kentucky lights in last Saturday night’s Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150. 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 Dodge Charger for most 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, Toledo Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS:

On Kentucky Speedway: “It was nice to get a top-10 finish after the awful practice we had. The car was good during the race, we just never could completely get rid of the tight condition. The team hung in there and we soldiered to another good run in Buffalo Wings & Rings backyard.”

On Toledo Speedway: “I’m very fond of Toledo Speedway. It’s a cool little short track that puts on a great show. We’ve run very well there in the past but I’m going there this weekend looking for our second win of the season.”

On The Secret To Short Track Racing: “You have to have patience and a lot of luck. In all seriousness, you just have to take your time and work with the car you have and make it better for the end of the race. You have to pick and choose your battles so you’re around when it counts. That’s what we’ve done for the past three times at Toledo and it’s paid off with good results.”

On His Birthday Celebration: “I had a good birthday. It was my dad’s birthday too, so it was nice to spend some time with him. I really didn’t do too much, just enjoyed myself and hung out with close friends and family. I hope my biggest birthday present is to celebrate in victory lane on Sunday.”

On The Point Standings: “We were able to make a little ground up in Kentucky, but we need to escape Toledo this weekend with a win or another top-five to really make a dent. The championship isn’t going to be easy to win this year, but we’re going to be a contender, you can bet on it!”

Sheltra Motorsports, Toledo Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS:

On Kentucky: “It was a good run for the Sheltra Motorsports team. We proved that despite our challenges in practice, this team never gave up and we battled back right to the end. We’ll keep posting those top-10 finishes and the points will back us up too.”

On Toledo: “The team runs real well at Toledo Speedway. We finished second there last Spring, so we’re heading there this weekend looking to better ourselves by one. The guys say we have a good car, so I’m hoping we can be victorious on Sunday afternoon.”

On Being A Car Owner And Mother In The ARCA RE/MAX Series: “Well, it has had its challenges, but I wouldn’t trade it. I want the best for Patrick and our team. I enjoy coming to the races and being a car owner but I also really enjoy being Patrick’s number one fan in the stands. This is all he wants to do and for him to have grown and matured in the ARCA Series as he has is just incredible. I’m proud of him as a mom but I’m a proud car owner too. I know I have a great team.”

PRIOR RESULTS:

Patrick Sheltra, Toledo Speedway Prior ARCA Performance Record:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status
05/07 Hantz Group 200 21 28 173/200 Running
10/07 Hantz Group 200 21 8 200/200 Running
05/08 Hantz Group 200 10 2 200/200 Running
10/08 Hantz Group 200 24 4 200 / 200 Running

The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the sixth of 22 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 65th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 16 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Sunday, May 17th shortly after 2:00 p.m. The event will not be televised but the race 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 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 .

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TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:
NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 239.214.1083

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