Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS ARCA Toledo Speedway Fast Facts
Topics: Patrick Sheltra, Hantz Group 200
October 10, 2008
Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts-FloraGanics Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS; Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire & Federated Car Care Fast Facts
ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 21, Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire & Federated Car Care, Toledo Speedway , Toledo , Ohio
Race Information: Event: Hantz Group 200 by Bell Tire & Federated Car Care, Sunday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Toledo Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, October 11, at 3:30 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: .5-mile paved-oval.
Talladega Recap: Patrick Sheltra was so close to victory he could taste it but the Indiantown, Florida native came up four positions short in last Friday’s ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. After qualifying 28th, Sheltra maneuvered through the “big one” and avoided several other close calls to take the lead on lap 91 of the 94-lap event before being overpowered in the draft with two laps remaining to cross the line fifth, awarding the Sheltra Motorsports team with their third top-five effort of the season.
Welcome Back To Toledo : Patrick Sheltra will make his fourth career start at Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon. After qualifying 21st in the spring event last year, Sheltra would be collected in an early race incident and finish 28th. In the season finale at Toledo Speedway last October, Sheltra again qualified 21st before moving patiently through the field to score an eighth place effort. Earlier this year, Sheltra qualified an impressive 10th and charged to a career-best second giving Sheltra his first top-five finish of the season.
Glad To Have You Here: Earlier this week, Sheltra Motorsports announced that Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts (EPSEC Corp.) will join the Whitesville, Kentucky team as the primary marketing for Sunday’s season finale. Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts (EPSEC Corp.) is a full service contracting company with skills and experience to manage, build and support a wide variety of project disciplines. EPSEC Corp. strives to perform beyond excellent services that excels in craftsmanship, remains in budget, delivers on time, and stays current and competitive within the industry; always working with the customers’ best interest in mind.
Sheltra Motorsports NASCAR Bound: With the final race of the 2008 season here, Sheltra Motorsports will shift its focus to the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and compete in the final two events on the 2008 NNS calendar at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sheltra has one previous NASCAR start to his credit coming last October at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Refreshing Local Support: Sheltra Motorsports welcomes RC Cola of Owensboro , Kentucky as an associate marketing partner for Sunday’s Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care. RC Cola of Owensboro , Kentucky is expected to join the team for a junior season of competition in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2009.
Getting Ready For Much Deserved Down Time: Once his NASCAR Nationwide Series races are complete, Sheltra will join his family at their new ranch in Dryden, Texas where Sheltra will spent much of the off-season hunting with family and friends. Sheltra will escape from the town of the 11 twice in December by attending the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet while returning to the seat of the team’s No. 60 machine at the open Daytona International Speedway test on December 19th, 20th and 21st.
Impressive Stat: With 20 races complete in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Sheltra Motorsports has fielded a car for Patrick Sheltra that has run in the top-10 for all 20 events thus far this season. The team has amassed three top-fives with a runner-up at Toledo Speedway and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and most recently a fifth place effort at Talladega Superspeedway while holding five additional top-10 finishes. The team’s season best qualifying effort came at Kansas Speedway where Sheltra awarded himself with a career best run of eighth. Sheltra recorded his career best short track qualifying run of eighth at Berlin Raceway in July. The team has led three races at Kansas Speedway, Cayuga Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway for a total of 17 laps.
A Quick Glance; Patrick Sheltra ARCA Career: Entering Toledo, Sheltra has 45 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with a career best finish of second at Toledo Speedway (May 2008) and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2008) with three additional top-five finishes (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). 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 three times for 17 laps.
Autographs Anyone?: After his duties at the track on Sunday morning, Sheltra will participate in pre-race activities at the Toledo Speedway participating in an autograph session from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. local time.
Point Standings: After round 20 on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits sixth in the championship standings accumulating 4,120 points. Sheltra is 580 markers from moving into the fifth position currently held by RE/MAX Series SunTrust Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Matt Carter. 765 credits separate Sheltra from the points lead held by SunTrust Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Scott Speed.
Sheltra Motorsports, Toledo Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts-FloraGanics Chevrolet:
On Talladega : “We were so close. It was an awesome day for the Sheltra Motorsports team. We were extremely thankful to have Quality Turf onboard for Talladega and I really thought we were going to pull it off and head to victory lane. We’ll take fifth though and hope to seal the deal this weekend.”
On Toledo Speedway : “We came so close here in the Spring, that I feel like we are the team to beat here this weekend. We’re bringing back the same care we had here and the team is confident as ever. I’m just looking forward to another shot at one of now favorite racetracks.”
On Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts: “We’re excited about this new partnership with Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts,” sounded Sheltra, who also hosted a second place finish on the dirt at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in September. “We’re looking at ending the season on a high note and how awesome it would be to take Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts to victory lane in their very first race.”
On The Season: “We’re happy but there is still more to be accomplished. We learned a lot this year and the third year could be the charm. We have a good group here at Sheltra Motorsports and I know that 2009 will bring stronger finishes and wins for our team and marketing partners. I cannot wait for next year to get here.”
Sheltra Motorsports, Toledo Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts-FloraGanics Chevrolet:
On Talladega : “It was such a great day for the Sheltra Motorsports team. Patrick drove his heart out. We all know that our first win is coming, we just keep getting closer and closer. I want to personally thank Quality Turf for coming on-board and I want to give our guys a big pat on the back. Because of the team work, we proved that we have all the credentials to be up front.”
On Toledo : “One more chance. We have one more chance to get a win this season. We came so close in May that is was almost heartbreaking. We’re bringing a great car and we’re all on a high wave of momentum and we hope to be capping off our season in victory lane Sunday afternoon.”
Patrick Sheltra, Toledo Speedway Prior ARCA Performance Record:
Date Event Start Finish Laps Status
05/07 Hantz Group 200 21 28 173/200 Running
10/07 Hantz Group 200 21 8 200/200 Running
05/08 Hantz Group 200 10 2 200/200 Running
The Hantz Group 200 Belle Tire & Federated Auto Care (100 miles/200 laps) is the 21st of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 64th trip to Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 11 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 for the final time in 2008 on Sunday, October 12 shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will air live on SPEED beginning at 2:00 p.m. Additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
Driver/Team: Patrick Sheltra on the web: PatrickSheltra.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 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 .
TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:
NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 239.214.1083
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