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Patrick Sheltra Solid In Berlin Practice; Focused On Night Racing

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Berlin ARCA 200

Patrick Sheltra Solid In Berlin Practice; Focused On Night Racing

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
August 7, 2010

MARNE, Michigan (August 7, 2010) - - ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards championship contender Patrick Sheltra reeled in the 10th fastest practice time at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway Saturday afternoon in preparation for tonight’s Berlin ARCA 200, the 12th event of the 2010 season.

Sheltra and his Jon Wolfe-led team were confident following the lone hour and a half practice session under ideal racing conditions Saturday but have planned to make some minor chassis adjustments in order to strengthen their No. 60 Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant / Speed Media Dodge Charger for tonight’s race.

Sheltra, the Indiantown, Florida native turned 84 laps around the .4-mile based short track located in the western roots of the lower peninsula of Michigan. From the opening of practice, Sheltra quickly marched into the top-four and maintained his position inside the top-10 for the entire session.

The Mooresville, North Carolina-based team felt like yesterday’s open-test session play dividends into today’s practice results.

“Our No. 60 Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant / Speed Media Dodge Charger is pretty good,” said Sheltra, who sits fifth in the ARCA Racing Series point standings after 11 races. The track was extremely slick, so hopefully it will cool down before tonight’s race. Our biggest fight was entry into the corner as we were a little free, but the track conditions will change dramatically between now and the race later tonight. We’ll make a couple tweaks before qualifying and get after it!”

The 24-year old pilot continued, “No doubt that the test yesterday helped us. It’s obvious by looking at the speed charts that tonight’s race is going to be close. The team that is able to keep their nose clean the most and handle the best on older tires will be in contention to win. That scenario is exactly what we worked on. I think we’ll be okay.”

Saturday morning, Sheltra Motorsports drew the first position for time trials set for later today.

Cost-effective marketing partnerships are still available for this weekend at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway and the remainder of the 2010 racing season. For additional information, please contact brandon@patricksheltra.com or marketing@patricksheltra.com.

Entering Berlin, Sheltra has 78 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem (Ind.) Speedway (April 2009). During his ARCA tenure, Sheltra has accumulated 15 top-fives and posted 31 top-10 finishes. A third place qualifying effort at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway (April 2009) and Michigan International Speedway (June 2010) is Sheltra’s best time trials effort to date. He has controlled the ARCA field six times for 148 laps.

The Berlin ARCA 200 (200 laps / 88 miles) is the 12th of 20 events on the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards schedule. The 23rd ARCA event held at the Marne, Michigan racetrack is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, August 7 with an hour and half practice session planned from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched in from 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. The event will take the green flag that evening shortly after 8:30 p.m. The race will not be televised but race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the day will be available through the BAS Racing Network in conjunction with the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.

For the latest on Patrick Sheltra, Sheltra Motorsports and marketing partnership opportunities please visit PatrickSheltra.com.

Join the official Patrick Sheltra fan page on Facebook by clicking here.

About Sheltra Motorsports:

Sheltra Motorsports (sheltramotorsports.com) is a three-tier professional Motorsports organization consisting of dirt and asphalt competition. Patrick Sheltra, a 24-year old native of Indiantown, Florida competes in the UMP and WoO (Dirt) Series; while also running a full schedule in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards (No. 60) and a limited schedule in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). The team is headquartered in Indiantown, Florida with additional operations in Richmond, Indiana and Mooresville, North Carolina.

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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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