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Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic Fast Facts

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic Fast Facts

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
September 18, 2009

ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 19, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic, Salem Speedway , Salem , Indiana

Race Information: Event: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic, Saturday, September 19 at 7:15 p.m. Local Time Track: Salem Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: .5-mile paved-oval.

New Jersey Recap: Patrick Sheltra notched his eighth top-10 finish of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season at New Jersey Motorsports Park last Sunday despite a few off-road excursions. The finish is a career-best for Sheltra on a road course and betters the team’s 11th place run from New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2008.

Last Time Out: In the ARCA RE/MAX Series most recent visit to Salem Speedway, Patrick Sheltra climbed out as a first-time winner in victory lane in April’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Car Care. The victory was practically a Cinderella story for the Indiantown, Florida native who climbed back behind the wheel of his Grace Sheltra owned machine since surviving a horrific accident in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. The victory was also the first for primary marketing partner Buffalo Wings & Rings, who joined the team for the second event of the season.

Russelburg To The Extreme; Makeover That Is: Sheltra Motorsports employee Shane Russelburg took time out of his hectic schedule last week to participate in ABC's Extreme Home Makeover thanks to a referral from long-time friend Chris Buskill who works for Thompson Homes builders who was responsible for the construction and building of the Mattingly's new home outside Owensboro in Maceo, Kentucky. Russelburg, who's full-time job is a fabricator in the shop and tire changer at the race track was designated to the "Art World" portion of the family's new palace. The show is scheduled to be aired on ABC in November.

The Coach Still Coaching: 2005 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion Ted Musgrave will make a long-awaited return to Salem Speedway this weekend as the driving coach for the 23-year old phenom. Musgrave is familiar with Salem Speedway wrath’s after Musgrave experienced the track first hand back in his earlier years of competition in the American Speed Association (ASA). Musgrave is serving as Sheltra’s driving coach for the remainder of the ARCA RE/MAX Series season and for Sheltra’s upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

Off To Texas Again…: Following Saturday night’s race, Sheltra will board a plane and head to Del Rio , Texas where he will spend three days participating in the opening of Buffalo Wings & Rings newest restaurant in Del Rio , Texas (3600 Veterans Blvd, Del Rio , Texas , 78840; 830.778.1BWR). Sheltra will sign autographs for the Grand Opening on Wednesday, September 23 starting at 11:00 a.m. Sheltra will then head to his Texas ranch in Dryden where the population remains a stunning 11 without the presence of the Sheltra clan.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Plans To Be Announced Soon: Sheltra Motorsports will announce their plans for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season in the near future. Sheltra made his third career NNS start and first of the season last month at Daytona International Speedway driving the No. 81 D.H. Griffin-Quality Turf Dodge Charger for MacDonald Motorsports.

Points Check: After round 18 on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits seventh in the championship standings accumulating 3620 points. Just 135 points separate Sheltra from the fifth position. Car owner Grace Sheltra remains solidly in the top-10 in the car owner standings.

Patrick Sheltra ARCA Career At-A-Glance: Entering Salem , Sheltra has 64 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem Speedway (April 2009). During his ARCA tenure, Sheltra has accumulated 10 top-fives and posted 22 top-10 finishes. 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 five times for 109 laps.

Watcha Haulin?: Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra Motorsports Chassis No. 5 this weekend at Salem Speedway. This is the same piece the team roared to victory lane at Salem in April. It’s also the same automobile the team finished 11th with last Spring. The former Joe Gibbs Racing chassis will be run for ninth time in Sheltra’s career. Chassis No. 4 will serve as the team’s back-up automobile. This is the same piece the team competed with at Berlin Raceway and Toledo Speedway this year. It’s also responsible for Sheltra’s first career top-five run, a fourth at Berlin Raceway in 2007.

Autographs Anyone?: Patrick Sheltra will sign autographs for race fans on Saturday September 19 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. local time. Race fans will be permitted to the frontstretch of Salem Speedway where they will be able to meet the starting grid for Saturday’s night anticipated thriller.

You Can Be Apart Of 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.

THE WINNER ANNOUNCED THIS WEEKEND FOR 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 for the rest 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. Browse PatrickSheltra.com or ThePeoplesCars.com for all the details. The Sheltra Motorsports team will draw the winner this weekend at Salem Speedway with the winner being notified early next week.

Vote Him Your Favorite Driver: 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, Salem Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger:

On New Jersey Motorsports Park : “I was pretty satisfied with our run despite going off the track a couple times. Ultimately that probably hurt us from finishing on the lead lap but to leave New Jersey with a top-10 finish in only my second road course racing start, I’ll take it.”

On Salem Speedway : “Salem Speedway is such an incredible place. It’s a very unique race track. Nothing on this earth probably can compare the track to any other short track other than Bristol Motor Speedway, but Salem ’s still a monster. It’s a monster though I like.”

On Winning The Most Recent ARCA Event At Salem Speedway : “To win after everything that happened at Daytona was just awesome. The team wanted to prove that we could bounce back from something awful like Daytona and I wanted to prove to everyone that I still could drive a racecar. That was then though and this is now. I’m ready to win again.”

On The Key To Winning At Salem Speedway : “Keeping your nose clean, having fresh tires and a little bit of patience is what took the Sheltra Motorsports team to victory lane in April. We can easily do it again Saturday night.”

On The Goals For The Final Three Races: “Obviously our main goal is to try and win but I really have my eyes set on finishing inside the top-five in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings. We’ve had a season that has been filled with highs and lows but to finish fifth after everything we’ve gone through would be a great ending to a crazy year not only for us but our great marketing partners too.”

Sheltra Motorsports, Salem Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger:

On New Jersey Motorsports Park : “I would have been happy with another 11th place finish last weekend but the boys pulled off a great run last Sunday and I couldn’t be more proud. I think Patrick proved a lot about his road course racing skills. He gets it. A little patience and a little more track time will only further improve his road racing skills for the future.”

On Winning The Most Recent ARCA Event At Salem Speedway: “It was an indescribable feeling. After the lowest of lows at Daytona to go to Salem and do what we did was the icing on the cake. I was and still am proud of everyone on the Sheltra Motorsports team for what we accomplished in April. We’re going to try and do it again Saturday night.”

On Being A Winning Mom & Owner In The ARCA RE/MAX Series: “As an owner I was proud for our guys and our marketing partners. As a mother, it was one of the best moments of my life. I don’t think there was a person at the track that wasn’t happy for or proud of Patrick. And as a mother that is an incredible feeling.”

PRIOR RESULTS:

Patrick Sheltra, Salem Speedway Prior ARCA Performance Record:

DateEventStartFinishLapsStatus
04/07Kentuckiana Ford 2001411200/200Running
09/07Eddie Gilstrap Motors 2002114197/200Running
04/08Kentuckiana Ford 2002011200/204Running
09/08Eddie Gilstrap Motors 2002011200/200Running
04/09Kentuckiana Ford 20041200/200WON

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic (200 laps/111 miles) is the 19th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 83rd ARCA race held at Salem is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, September 19 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:05 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 7:15 p.m. Saturday night. 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 23-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
EMAIL: chris@patricksheltra.com

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