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Sheltra Motorsports Reverts To Backup Machine For Saturday's TOYOTA ARCA 150

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Toyota ARCA 150

Sheltra Motorsports Reverts To Backup Machine For Saturday's TOYOTA ARCA 150

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
August 8, 2008

Patrick Sheltra
LEBANON, Tennessee (August 8, 2008) - - Sheltra Motorsports currently ranking ninth in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series championship point standings will revert to their backup machine after slapping the wall with the team's No. 60 Dodge Charger during the lone practice session of the weekend Friday afternoon. The team's back-up machine is the same car they participated with in the open ARCA RE/MAX Series test at Nashville Superspeedway last month. It is also the same racecar that Sheltra Motorsports scored their last top-10 finish in June at Michigan International Speedway.

“I’m not worried, we’ll be okay,” said Sheltra, who will make his third career Nashville start Saturday afternoon. “The car just took off in the corner and into the wall I went. The damage isn’t heavy but enough to send it to the house this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. We don’t have any laps on the backup before qualifying, but it is the same piece we tested with last month. I’m confident that the Sheltra Motorsports bunch will have it in tip-top shame come tomorrow morning to give us a solid starting spot.”

Sheltra’s fastest practice lap was 30th quickest at a time of 31.031 seconds at 154.645 MPH.

Entering Nashville, Sheltra has 38 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with a career best finish of second at Toledo Speedway (May 2008) with two additional top-five finishes (third) at Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 2007), (fourth) at Berlin Raceway (July 2007) while holding additional top-10s at 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). An eighth place qualifying effort at Kansas Speedway (April 2008) is Sheltra’s best time trials efforts to date. He has controlled the ARCA field twice for 15 laps.

The TOYOTA ARCA 150 (150 miles/113 laps) is the 14th of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 15th ARCA event held at Nashville Superspeedway is a two-day show. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The field will take the green flag on Saturday, August 9 shortly after 3:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring available online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

For more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit the newly re-launched PatrickSheltra.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 NASCAR. 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 .

Patrick Sheltra, Sheltra Motorsports, Nashville Superspeedway

Notes of Interest:

· Sheltra Motorsports will run a mixture of Dodge Chargers and Chevrolet Monte Carlos Chevrolet during the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. For Nashville , Sheltra Motorsports will run a Dodge Charger that will make its second career ARCA start this weekend. The team competed with this same automobile at Michigan International Speedway in June. It also made laps during the Nashville Superspeedway open-test last month. The piece was acquired from Penske Racing during the off-season. The car was previously driven by 2008 Daytona 500 champion Ryan Newman. RC Consultants will provide the horsepower for the sophomore ARCA team.

· Sheltra currently maintains a point’s position in the top-10 (ninth) heading into Nashville Superspeedway this weekend. Sheltra moved into the top-10 in the series’ second race of the season at Salem Speedway and has remained locked in the top-10 since. The Indiantown, Florida native is just 410 markers from entering the top-five and 630 credits from the number one position held by SunTrust Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Scott Speed. Last year, the then 21-year old superstar finished seventh in the championship standings competing in 22 of the scheduled 23 events.

· Sheltra will make 452 left hand turns on Saturday afternoon, one hundred and thirty two (132) less turns than the series last outing, the Pennsylvania 200 at the 2.5 triangle track of Pocono Raceway last Saturday.

In addition to running a full 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Sheltra will also run a limited schedule in NASCAR and compete in selected dirt late model events (UMP and WoO Series) throughout the United States .

Sheltra Motorsports Quick Facts:

Team Name: Sheltra Motorsports, No. 60 Dodge Charger

Driver: Patrick Sheltra, Indiantown , Florida

Car Owner: Grace Sheltra, Indiantown , Florida

Marketing Partners: Groupe Beton Brunet, Ferguson Pipe Enterprises, Inc, FloraGanics, American Concrete Industries, Inc, The Casite Company, J&S Bulk Transportation, Inc., US Construction Supply Corp., CP Concrete Products of the Palm Beaches, Martin County Petroleum, Sheltra & Son Construction, Sheltra Cattle Company, Recycling Services, Aaron’s Outdoors, Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant, Indiantown Marina, All About Flowers, Speed Media, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, DMC Graphics and Purcell Tire & Rubber.

Crew Chief: John Hayden

Team Manager: Keith Strunk



NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 830.261.1215
EMAIL: knight849@aol.com

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