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Spending The Fourth: Sheltra Motorsports

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Spending The Fourth: Sheltra Motorsports

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
July 3, 2008

“ARCA Team Members Ready To Enjoy Holiday Weekend”

WHITESVILLE, Kentucky (July 3, 2008) - - After recently completing the 10th installment of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) season at Cayuga Motor Speedway, Sheltra Motorsports will enjoy a much needed three-day weekend in observance of our nation’s Independence. While members of the Whitesville, Kentucky based Sheltra Motorsports team will celebrate the Holiday in their own statue, many do have some exciting plans in one of the final off-weekends of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series calendar.

Here what’s on tap for the Sheltra Motorsports team who currently sits ninth in the championship standings heading into the next ARCA RE/MAX Series event, The Kentucky ARCA 150 set for Friday, July 18, 2008.

Getty Cavitt (Jack Man): “I don’t have any big plans just yet. I know I plan to spend some time around the pool and hang out with friends. That’s pretty much it.”

John Hayden (Crew Chief): “On Friday, I’m going to run the Firecracker 200 street stock race at Salem Speedway in the No. 55. Hopefully, the race on Friday night will be a good reason to celebrate the rest of the weekend. On Saturday, we’re having a barbecue at my house with family and friends and we’ll do some fireworks. Sunday, I just plan to relax.”

John Henderson (Truck Driver): “I really don’t have a clue right now. I may have to work a little on Friday but I plan to spend my weekend enjoying the life at home.”

Kevin Huffines (Spotter): “Hanging out. I plan to go racing with my son, Devin on Saturday night in Nashville at Music City Raceway. On Sunday, we’ll spend some time with my family and my wife’s family and then get back after it on Monday.”

Chris Knight (Communications): “I’m heading to Florida for some rest and relaxation in Cape Coral, Florida. I have some business ventures down there and I’m going to hang out with former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Johnny Leonard and his family. I’m looking forward to the trip.”

William Mares (Fabricator & Tire Carrier): “The wife has the Youth Group kids from our local church on Friday then we’ll spend the rest of the weekend doing family things and relaxing before the rest of the season shifts into high gear.”

Mike Royal (Mechanic & Catch-Can): “I’m just hanging out around the house with family and friends. Nothing too exciting but it will be nice to have some time off.”

Shane Russelburg (Fabricator & Tire Changer): “I’m heading out to Rough River Lake all weekend. We have a cabin up there and I’ll spend the time with family and friends jumping off cliffs and doing some wakeboarding. The weekend doesn’t get much better than that.”

Grace Sheltra (Car Owner): “I’m going to spend Friday working at my business, All About Flowers in Indiantown, Florida. During the weekend, I’ll be spending some time with close family and friends and preparing for my trip to Texas next week with Patrick (Sheltra) and Rick (Sheltra, Husband).

Patrick Sheltra (Driver): “We headed off to Texas on Thursday for a couple of weeks. We recently acquired some property and a house down there in the city of Dryden, Texas. The population there is 11. Our phones don’t work there so we have to use satellite phones, but the satellite works on the television, so we may watch some of the NASCAR races from Daytona. I think we’ll do some celebrating of our own on Friday or Saturday night with some fireworks or something like that.”

Keith Strunk (Team Manager): “We’re not 100 percent sure on our plans just yet. More than likely, we’ll go Motocross racing with my son Alex. I’m sure there will be some relaxing at home with the family too, which will be nice.”

Eric Wettstain (Mechanic & Tire Changer): “I’m going camping on the Ohio River with my father-in-law. I’ve been on the Ohio River twice this year but this is the first weekend we’ll actually be doing some camping up there. We’re also planning on doing some boating, waterskiing and tubing.”

Chris Wink (Mechanic & Tires): “On Friday, we’ll have our annual Fourth of July family barbecue before I head down to Rough River for the rest of the weekend for some fun and relaxation while also attending the Burly Cruz concert Saturday night. I have some friends that are a part of Burly Cruz, so it’s going to be a fun time.”

Before the team members head their separate way for the weekend, Mike Royal, Shane Russelburg and Eric Wettstain will all play golf on Friday morning at Panther Creek Golf Course in Owensboro, Kentucky.

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 .

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, Hardie Pipe, 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, 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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