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Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Ferguson Pipe Enterprises ARCA Rockingham Fast Facts

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Carolina 500K

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Ferguson Pipe Enterprises ARCA Rockingham Fast Facts

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
May 2, 2008


Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Ferguson Pipe Enterprises-FloraGanics Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS; Carolina 500K Fast Facts

ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 5, Carolina 500K, Rockingham Speedway , Rockingham , North Carolina

Race Information: Event: Carolina 500K, Sunday, May 4 at 12:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Rockingham Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, May 3, at 12:40 p.m. Local Time (First Round); Track Length: 1.0-mile paved-oval.

Kansas Recap: Sheltra Motorsports bolted to their second top-10 finish of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season last Friday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Patrick Sheltra maneuvered a career best qualifying effort of eighth only to mount a charge into the top-five for much of the 100-lap event. Sheltra also led his first laps in RE/MAX Series competition last Friday controlling the field for four laps. Sheltra finished eighth, a season-best for the Whitesville, Kentucky operation.

Testing, 1.2.3.: Sheltra Motorsports participated in the open-test session at Rockingham Speedway back in March. The team spent much of the two-day test session concentrating on race runs, preparing the Indiantown, Florida driver for the 312 lap event on Sunday May 4th. The team clocked in the 16th fastest run overall.

What’s Cooking?: Sheltra Motorsports will welcome Chef James K. Lupo Jr. this weekend at Rockingham Speedway. The current NASCAR Nationwide chef is taking a breather from the NASCAR side and attending his first ARCA race at Rockingham Speedway. Lupo, Jr. will be serving gourmet meals for the team on Saturday and Sunday.

This Lap Is Brought To You By: In an effort to bring more bonus money to the team’s and drivers competing in the fifth race of the season Sunday at Rockingham Speedway, Sheltra Motorsports will sponsor lap 60, representing the team’s car number.

Join The Fan Club: Sheltra Motorsports has launched a Patrick Sheltra Fan Club and it’s absolutely free! Race fans can log onto to PatrickSheltra.com and fill out the form and you’re an immediate member. Receive press releases, autograph cards, a chance to come to a race and much more!

No Television, No Problem: If you can’t attend Rockingham Speedway or watch the event live on SPEED Sunday afternoon, RaceTalkRadio.com has you covered! From practice rundown Friday to extensive all-day coverage on Saturday including practice and qualifying to another full day of coverage on race day, RaceTalkRadio.com’s Dennis Michelson and Sheltra Motorsport’s Chris Knight will provide all the action.

Watcha Haulin?: Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra chassis number 06 to Rockingham Speedway this weekend. The No. 60 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS is an in-house automobile built by members of the Sheltra Motorsports clan. Chassis number 4145 will serve as the team’s back-up automobile. Sheltra ran that former ppc Racing entry at Springfield (Illinois State Fairgrounds), DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and Berlin Raceway last year.

Point Standings: After round four on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits fourth in the championship standings accumulating 710 points. Sheltra is only 50 markers from moving into the third position currently held by Justin Allgaier. 80 credits separate Sheltra from the points lead held by SunTrust Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Matt Carter.

Looking Ahead: In addition to a full ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Sheltra Motorsports and driver Patrick Sheltra will also compete in a limited dirt late model schedule (UMP and WoO) while also advancing Sheltra’s asphalt career by launching a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (No. 35) career later this year.

Sheltra Motorsports, Rockingham Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Ferguson Pipe Enterprises-FloraGanics Chevrolet:

On Kansas : “We were thrilled with our performance at Kansas Speedway last week. We told everyone that our intermediate program was going to be strong this year and I believe we backed up what we said. With the strength we showed at Kansas ; I’m looking forward to going back to Kentucky next weekend and doing the same thing.

On Rockingham Speedway: “It’s exciting to be at The Rock. This place has such great history and for the ARCA RE/MAX Series to return to a place that holds some many memories for so many people is just awesome I’m excited about our chances this weekend, especially after what we accomplished at the test in March.”

On Chassis Number 06: “The team has worked hard on this racecar. It’s a strong piece and I feel that the hard work will pay dividends this weekend. This team has improved so much over the last year and it shows in the equipment that we’re hauling to the track every week.”

On Sitting Fourth In Points: “It’s a great feeling. We can’t give up though. There’s still a long-way to go this season. It’s nice to be sitting near the top; but we can go the other way just as fast. We’re heading into Sunday’s race with the same mentality we’ve had in the first four races, patience and finish the race.”

Sheltra Motorsports, Rockingham Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 Ferguson Pipe Enterprises-FloraGanics Chevrolet:

On Rockingham: “I’m truly happy for Andy Hillenburg and the entire staff at Rockingham Speedway for hosting such a great event. We’re happy to be here and we’re all hoping for a great race on Sunday and being able to bring home a trophy from The Rock!”

On The Sheltra Motorsports Team Early Season Success: “I’m tickled to death. The guys work their butts off and its showing. I think we can continue to do this each and every week. We’ll be in victory lane by season’s end, I guarantee it!”

PRIOR RESULTS:

Patrick Sheltra, Rockingham Speedway Prior ARCA Race Results:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

No prior results at Rockingham Speedway.

The Carolina 500K (312 miles/312 laps) is the fifth of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The return of racing to Rockingham Speedway is a three-day show. Practice begins Friday, May 2 with a three hour practice session planned from 2:00-5:00 p.m. First round of ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set to begin Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. for positions 1-25. An additional second round qualifying for positions 26-41 has been etched in for 2:30 p.m. with a final “Happy Hour” practice session scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. The race will be televised live on SPEED (12:00 p.m. local) with additional race coverage online at arcaracing.com with extensive radio coverage through RaceTalkRadio.com All times are local.

Fast Links:

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 .

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TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:

NAME: Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
PHONE: 239.834.9797 or 830.261.1215
EMAIL: knight849@aol.com

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