Patrick Sheltra Marches To Career Best Qualifying Effort At Rockingham
Topics: Patrick Sheltra, Carolina 200
ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (April 18, 2009) - - Still on a roll from his victory at Salem Speedway two weeks ago, Patrick Sheltra answered his second qualifying effort at Rockingham Speedway with a impressive third place time trials effort Saturday afternoon.
The lap awarded the 22-year old Indiantown, Florida native with his career best ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying effort. At Salem, Sheltra qualified fourth which was a career best before today.
“I didn’t leave anything on the table,” said Sheltra, who turned a lap of 24.822 seconds or 145.033 miles per hour. “The BuckedUp car stuck real good but I guarantee you, I held my breathe. We’re in good position to make it back-to-back victories in the ARCA RE/MAX Series tomorrow. If it happens were going to get BuckedUp for sure!”
The bonus points have Sheltra sitting just 20 points behind second place competitor Parker Klingerman. 60 credits keep Sheltra from the top-spot. In his three years of ARCA racing, Sheltra has never been higher than fifth before rocketing to third from his performance at Salem.
Entering Rockingham, Sheltra has 48 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem Speedway (April 2009). Sheltra also holds second place efforts at Toledo Speedway (May 2008) and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2008) with four additional top-five finishes, (fourth) at Toledo Speedway (October 2008), (fifth) at Talladega Superspeedway (October 2008), (third) at Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 2007) and (fourth) at Berlin Raceway (July 2007) while holding additional top-10s at Nashville Superspeedway (August 2008), 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). A third place qualifying effort at Rockingham Speedway (April 2009) is Sheltra’s best time trials efforts to date. He has controlled the ARCA field four times for 101 laps.
In addition to running a full ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule this year, Sheltra will also run a limited dirt schedule and also plans to run selected NASCAR Nationwide Series events with his Whitesville, Kentucky based Sheltra Motorsports team.
The ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200 (200 laps / 200 miles) is the third of 22 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The third ever ARCA race at Rockingham Speedway is a two-day show. The event will take the green flag on Sunday, April 19 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional live broadcasting available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
For more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit 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 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 .
TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:
NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 239.214.1083
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