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Excitement & Optimism Surround Patrick Sheltra Heading To Canada

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250, D.J. Kennington

Excitement & Optimism Surround Patrick Sheltra Heading To Canada

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
June 25, 2008


“Nationwide Driver D.J. Kennington To Attend Cayuga Race With Sheltra Motorsports”

Patrick Sheltra Patrick Sheltra
HAGERSVILLE, ONTARIO (June 25, 2008) - - After finishing sixth in the last ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) outing at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago, sophomore ARCA driver Patrick Sheltra and his Whitesville, Kentucky based team leave the Country and head to Cayuga Motor Speedway for the running of Sunday’s Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250.

In his last short track appearance at Toledo Speedway last month, Sheltra stormed to a career best second leaving the team returning to a short track ready to seal the deal and collect a win in the 10th event on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series tour.

Not only would a win be huge boost for Sheltra in his second season of ARCA competition, it would be a great way to welcome Sheltra Motorsports primary marketing partner for Sunday’s event, Groupe Beton Brunet.

“I’m excited about going to Cayuga Motor Speedway this weekend, simply because it’s a lot of unknowns,” said Sheltra. “I think our team will step up to this new challenge and excel and bring home the win on Sunday.”

Groupe (pronounced Group) Beton (pronounced Be-Ton) Brunet (pronounced Brew-Nay) has more than 75 years experience in the underground/infrastructure industry throughout Eastern Canada. Groupe Beton Brunet grown substantially in adding (7) new acquisitions and various product lines. Groupe Beton Brunet has expanded their markets to include the United States with a plant located in Florida.

The Indiantown, Florida native added, “We’re thrilled about our new partnership with Groupe Beton Brunet for this weekend. They are a successful corporation here in Canada and we want to make them look good in their Country.”

Additionally, U.S. Construction Supply Corp. and CP Concrete Products of the Palm Beaches will serve as associate marketing partners for Sheltra’s inaugural Canadian asphalt debut.

Sheltra Motorsports for the third time this season has elected to bring chassis number 4156 to Cayuga Motor Speedway this weekend. This automobile was acquired from Richard Childress Racing in 2007 and made its debut in the season finale at Toledo Speedway last year which yielded a top-10 finish. Last month the team brought the same piece back to Toledo and succeeded with a runner-up finish. Another top-10 finish was delivered in the third race of the season at Iowa Speedway. Now the team hopes chassis number 4156 brings a victory in one of the toughest battles of the season.

“This car has been produced excellent results for our team,” offered Sheltra. “Each time we’ve run this car we’ve finished in the top-10. We’re looking to keep the momentum and steak going Sunday. The team is pumped right now and we honestly feel that we are the car to beat this weekend.”

To give the Sheltra Motorsports team an added bonus, NASCAR Nationwide Series and current Canadian race car driver D.J. Kennington will attend Sunday’s Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250 and support the team as they bid to become the first ARCA RE/MAX Series team to win outside the United States since 1992.

“D.J. has been awesome,” Sheltra sounded. “He is a well-known and successful racecar driver in Canada. He has also really come into his niche in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. His prior experience at Cayuga Motor Speedway will not only help me as a driver but could prove to be the winning piece for our Sheltra Motorsports team on Sunday.”

Rising from ninth to seventh thanks to his fifth top-10 performance of the season at Michigan, Sheltra continues to reach towards returning to the top-five in the ARCA RE/MAX Series standings which is just a mere 50 points away. 340 markers separate Sheltra from current points leader Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

“We’re gaining some points back and that’s real good,” Sheltra added. “It’s because of the hard work and determination of the Sheltra Motorsports team that has helped us remain in the hunt for the championship. We’re going to Cayuga looking to finish what we started in Toledo and hope for a huge celebration Sunday night.”

Entering Cayuga, Sheltra has 34 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 once for four laps.

The Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250 (156.25 miles/250 laps) is the 10th of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The first ARCA event held at Cayuga Motor Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, June 28 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Sunday, June 29 shortly after 1:30 p.m. The race will not be televised however, additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be 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 21-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 Craftsman Truck Series (No. 35). 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, Cayuga Motor Speedway

Notes of Interest:

· Sheltra Motorsports will run a mixture of Chevrolet Monte Carlos and Dodge Chargers during the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. For Cayuga, Sheltra Motorsports will run a Chevrolet Monte Carlo that has competed three times on the ARCA circuit. During it’s tenure in the ARCA RE/MAX Series the former Richard Childress Racing machine has amassed one top-five and three top-10 finishes at Toledo Speedway (2007 and May 2008) and Iowa Speedway (April 2008) respectively. A Sheltra Motorsports engine built by Clements Automotive will provide the horsepower for the sophomore ARCA team.

· Sheltra currently maintains a point’s position in the top-10 (seventh) heading into Cayuga Motor Speedway 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 50 markers from entering the top-five and 340 credits from the number one position held by SunTrust Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Last year, the 22-year old superstar finished seventh in the championship standings competing in 22 of the scheduled 23 events.

· Sheltra will make 1,000 left hand turns on Sunday afternoon, six hundred (600) more turns than his last race at the 2.0-mile track of Michigan International Speedway last month.

In addition to running a full 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Sheltra will also run a limited schedule in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 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 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

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

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TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:

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

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