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Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 PatrickSheltra.com Dodge Salem Speedway ARCA Fast Facts

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

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 PatrickSheltra.com Dodge Salem Speedway ARCA Fast Facts

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
September 17, 2010

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 PatrickSheltra.com / Ferguson Pipe Dodge Charger, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic Fast Facts

ARCA Racing Series Race No. 18, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic, Salem (Ind.) Speedway, Salem, Indiana

Race Information: Event: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic, Saturday, September 18 at 7:15 p.m. Local Time Track: Salem Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, September 18 at 4:00 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: .5-mile paved-oval.

Last Time Out; Toledo Speedway: After finishing fourth earlier in the week at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, Patrick Sheltra and his Sheltra Motorsports team returned to Toledo Speedway looking to keep their strong stretch of momentum alive. The momentum included two wins in the last three races. Looking to improve on their eighth place Spring Toledo finish, the team brought their former Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet now turned Dodge hoping to aid them in their third victory of the season. Rain plagued activity on Saturday shortening the practice session and eventually putting the No. 60 on pole by having the highest average position compared to Tom Hessert whom Sheltra was tied with entering the Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200. Sheltra led the first three laps of the event before slipping back in the field. Adjustments made during the race allowed Sheltra to climb back through the field and finish third, notching his 10th top-five and 14th top-10 overall this season. Sheltra also left the half-mile short track in sole possession of the championship standings just five points ahead of Craig Goess Jr.

Back To A Favorite: Sheltra will return to Salem (Ind.) Speedway this weekend looking for ARCA Racing Series victory number four in his eighth race at the historic Southern Indiana short track. In his previous seven starts, Sheltra has accumulated one win, two top-fives and six top-15 finishes and seven top-20 runs. Sheltra notched his first career ARCA victory in the 2009 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 after starting fourth. It was an emotional win not only for Sheltra but for the ARCA garage as the Indiantown, Florida native was injured just six weeks earlier in the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

He’s A Teacher Too!: On Tuesday (September 14), Sheltra and Brandon Hinson, Sheltra Motorsports Marketing Director visited Lake Norman High School where they spoke with students including crew chief Jon Wolfe’s daughter Sydney Wolfe in “Introduction to Marketing.” The duo talked about marketing in Motorsports and also answered questions from students about marketing and even about Sheltra’s blossoming career in racing.

Watcha Haulin?: Crew chief Jon Wolfe has elected to bring Sheltra Motorsports Chassis No. 5 to Salem Speedway this weekend. The former Joe Gibbs Racing piece is the same automobile that Sheltra won with in April 2009. It is also the same car responsible for the team’s fourth place outing earlier this year at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.

Autographs Anyone?: Race fans will receive an opportunity to meet one of the hottest drivers on the ARCA tour this weekend. After his duties at the track on Saturday, Sheltra will participate in pre-race activities at the half-mile oval by participating in the traditional on-track autograph signing from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. local time.

Wanna Come Along For The Ride? Marketing Partnerships Still Available: Multiple cost-effective marketing partnership packages are still available for the 2010 ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR seasons for Patrick Sheltra. Let Sheltra Motorsports show you how to find victory lane in more ways than one! For additional information on how to be apart of our winning organization, please contact Brandon Hinson (brandon@patricksheltra.com) or email marketing@patricksheltra.com.

New Record Set; But Thirsty For More: While eclipsing his 10th top-five finish of the year at Toledo (Oh.) Speedway, Patrick Sheltra continues to rewrite his own personal record books for the number of finishes inside the top-five and top-10 for a full-season. In his previous three full-time seasons, Sheltra had posted a season high of four top-five finishes in 2009. Sheltra’s personal best overall season of nine top-10 finishes in 2008 was overtaken again by his performance in the Southern Illinois 100. Thus far in 2010, Sheltra has mastered two wins, 10 top-fives and 14 top-10 finishes in 17 races. Sheltra is hoping to expand his new personal record with three races remaining this year.

Point’s Check: 17 races down, three to go, Sheltra with the guidance of crew chief Jon Wolfe sits first in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings accumulating 4090 points. The driver nicknamed “Mr. Showtime” remained in the top-spot following his stout run last weekend at Toledo Speedway. Sheltra was able to un-attach himself from Tom Hessert III, who was tied with Sheltra from the top-spot entering the 17th race of the season. The 24-year old Sheltra also controls the first position in the ARS car owner standings. The top-seven ARCA Racing Series drivers are separated by just 225 points to the leader for control of the top spot in the championship chase. Earlier this year, Sheltra held the top-spot for three consecutive races (Toledo, Michigan and Pocono) in a row, and shared the top-spot with Tom Hessert for one race (DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds). In 2009, he also shared the top-spot with Parker Kligerman for one race (Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway).

Sheltra’s Covered In Special Point Standings Too: While the Sheltra Motorsports team is searching for their first championship, the team is still after a host of other awards too. Patrick Sheltra and mother Grace Sheltra leads the ARCA “special points” Superspeedway Challenge sector. Car owner Grace Sheltra leads Kevin Cywinski (No. 32) by a 90-point gap entering the final speedway race of the season at Kansas Speedway on September 30. Currently, Patrick Sheltra is first in the CGS Imaging Hard Charger, first in the Racing Electronics Lighting Challenge and first in the Fast Track High Performance Driving School award.

Nice Statistic; Solid Stats: By posting his 14th top-10 finish of the season at Toledo (Oh.) Speedway on September 12, Sheltra is the only driver in the ARCA Racing Series to finish inside the top-10 in 14 of the 17 races completed thus far in 2010. Sheltra kicked off his strongest start to an ARCA season with a fifth place performance at Daytona, a 10th place performance at Palm Beach, a fourth place run at Salem Speedway, a seventh place outing at Texas Motor Speedway, his season-best second at ‘Dega, an eighth at Toledo Speedway, a fourth place run at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, a third place outing in the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway, a sixth place at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, a second-place outing in the Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway, a 13th place outing at New Jersey Motorsports Park and most recently, a win on the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and another win at Chicagoland Speedway, a fourth place result at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and most recently a third place in round number 17 at Toledo (Oh.) Speedway.

Patrick Sheltra ARCA Career At-A-Glance: Entering Salem, Sheltra has 83 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards starts to his credit with three career victories at Salem (Ind.) Speedway (April 2009), the Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 2010) and Chicagoland Speedway (August 2010). During his ARCA tenure, Sheltra has accumulated 20 top-fives and posted 36 top-10 finishes. A second place qualifying effort at Chicagoland Speedway (August 2010) is Sheltra’s best time trials effort to date. He has controlled the ARCA field 10 times for 276 laps.

Are You In The Know?: Patrick Sheltra and Sheltra Motorsports are proud to be apart of the Facebook (Official Patrick Sheltra Fan Page) and Twitter (@patricksheltra) cravings. If you have an account, join our club as the Sheltra Motorsports team drives towards winning the 2010 ARCA Racing Series championship.

Vote Him Your Favorite Driver: Race fans can vote Patrick Sheltra as the 2010 ARCA Racing 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 Racing Series driver. The winner will be announced at the ARCA Racing 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 (Ind.) Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver / owner of the No. 60 PatrickSheltra.com / Ferguson Pipe Enterprises Dodge Charger

On Toledo Speedway: “It was a solid effort by the Sheltra Motorsports team. We brought a pretty much brand new piece to the race track. We didn’t have a whole lot of practice time, so we had to use the race to get the car better. We were able to do that and leave there with a third place finish and the point’s lead. I’m not going to complain.”

On Salem Speedway: “Salem Speedway is a very special place to me. For a while, I was beginning to wonder if the track liked me. It’s such a fun place to race and you have to get super tight to the wall in turns three and four otherwise you aren’t doing your job as a driver there. We had a good car in the Spring and I’m looking forward to heading back to victory lane there Saturday night!”

On Talking At Lake Norman High School : “It was a lot of fun. I want to thank Lake Norman High School and Mr. Carroll and Sydney (Wolfe) for asking me to come and talk. Brandon (Hinson) and I were honored to talk to the leaders of the future. They were great listeners and it’s something I hope I can do more of in the future.”

On The Goal For Saturday Night “Finish the race. We have to. We’ve been strong at Salem every time we’ve gone there, even if our finishes haven’t shown for it. Our team is the master of consistency right now, so we just need to keep it up and leave Salem with a strong run!”

On Points: “We’re point’s racing. We’ll do everything we can to get some bonus points on Saturday night but looking at the bigger picture, we need to keep the fenders on the car and our eyes opened so we can leave Salem with the lead still intact. I have a great team behind me and Timmy (McKichan) does a superb job as a spotter, so I’m looking forward to Saturday night.”


Patrick Sheltra, Salem Speedway Prior ARCA Performance Record:

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
09/09Kentuckiana Fall Classic1016176/200Running
04/10Kentuckiana Ford 200154200/200Running

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic 200 (200 laps / 111 miles) is the 18th of 20 events on the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards schedule. The 85th ARCA race held at Salem Speedway is a one day show. Practice begins Saturday, September 18 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. A half-hour on-track autograph session has been etched in from 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 7:15 p.m. Saturday night. The race will not be televised but race coverage including live timing and scoring and radio broadcast will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com.

Fast Links:

Driver / Team: Patrick Sheltra on the web: PatrickSheltra.com

Sanction: ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards: ARCARacing.com

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.


NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 239.214.1083
EMAIL: chris@patricksheltra.com

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