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Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Recycling Services Dodge Charger Toledo ARCA Fast Facts


Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Menards 200 by Federated Car Care

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Recycling Services Dodge Charger Toledo ARCA Fast Facts

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
May 20, 2010

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Recycling Services-Ferguson Pipe Dodge Charger, Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care

ARCA Racing Series Race No. 6, Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care, Toledo (Oh.) Speedway, Toledo, Ohio

Race Information: Event: Menards 200 by Federated Car Care, Sunday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Toledo Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: .5-mile paved-oval.

Last Time Out; Talladega Superspeedway: While Dakoda Armstrong was able to notch his first career victory in the Talladega ARCA 250 on Friday, April 23 the fans and the ARCA garage area were wailing about the performance of Patrick Sheltra in the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger where he was able to overcome severe damage from the “Big One” to find himself in contention for his second career win. Sheltra in the final laps was able to draft from 15th and push Armstrong to victory. Sheltra had to settle for second, but it was his career best finish at the 2.66-mile superspeedway in the ARCA Racing Series. Sheltra also competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event for RAB Racing. After leading three laps, Sheltra would be tagged in the “Big One” on the last lap and relegate the duo to an 18th place finish.

Returning To The Buckeye State: For the seventh time in his ARCA Racing Series career, Patrick Sheltra will take the green flag at Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon. In six prior efforts at the Northern Ohio short track, Sheltra has maneuvered two top-five finishes including a runner-up finish in May 2008. Additionally, Sheltra posted an eighth place finish at Toledo Speedway in October 2007. Sheltra’s average finishing position is 14th at ARCA’s home-town facility.

From Isolation To Reality: After spending last weekend celebrating his 24th birthday with his closest family and friends, Sheltra boarded a plane and headed to Dryden, Texas on Sunday morning to spend a few days with his father and brother, Roc Sheltra at the family’s hunting ranch in the city of 11. Sheltra and Co. performed routine maintenance on the property gearing up for their annual three-month return this fall. Sheltra returned to reality on Wednesday afternoon where he flew to Detroit to participate in pre-race activities for the 67th ARCA race held at the Toledo Speedway.

Happy Birthday Sheltra Family: Last Friday, May 14, veteran ARCA driver Patrick Sheltra celebrated his 24th birthday. Ironically, it is also the same birthday as his father and co-car owner Richard (Rick) Sheltra. Rick Sheltra along with his mother and car owner Grace Sheltra surprised the youngest Sheltra with an unscheduled trip to Mooresville, North Carolina to wish the ARCA pro a Happy Birthday in person. The Sheltra Motorsports team took the birthday bunch to lunch before the elder Sheltra’s made the trip back to Indiantown, Florida Friday night. Patrick Sheltra celebrated his birthday night with friends and his Sheltra Motorsports team in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Testing, Testing, 123….: To prepare the Sheltra Motorsports team for round six of the 2010 ARCA Racing Series schedule, the fourth year ARCA team participated in a private test session at The Motor Mile in Fairlawn, Virginia last Thursday (May 13). The team led by crew chief Jon Wolfe was extremely happy with the outcome of the test. The team utilized a new Dodge chassis which will debut in Sunday’s race.

Recognizing A Hero: Sheltra Motorsports will pay tribute to Operations Specialist second class Jon T. Worch who will be in attendance of the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway on Sunday. Worch, a longtime fan of Sheltra is an active member in the United States Navy. He recently returned to the United States from a trip overseas. On leave, Worch will attend his first ARCA race at Toledo before returning to duty on the United States Navy Ship USS Cape St. George CG-71 in California.

Get To The Point; Cedar Point: Sheltra along with three other full-time ARCA drivers participated in a rare autograph session at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio Thursday afternoon promoting the Menards 200. Sheltra along with girlfriend Lauren Murrell paired up with ARCA driver Chad McCumbee and his wife Stephie for a VIP tour and treatment taming some of the park’s most thrilling rolling coasters including the highly famed Top Thrill Dragster. Sheltra and Murrell will return to amusement park on Monday with his Sheltra Motorsports team in a rare but highly anticipated fun day off.

From Toledo To The Irish Hills: Following Sunday’s race and an off-day Monday, the Sheltra Motorsports team will return to work on Tuesday by participating in the open test session at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in the No. 60 Toyota Camry in preparation for the Racing for Wildlife 200 on Friday, June 11. The Indiantown, Florida native will make his fifth start at the two-mile oval while gunning for his first top-five and second top-10 finish at the ultra-fast Irish Hills, Michigan speed plant.

Nice Stats: By posting his third top-five and fifth top-10 finish of the season at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Sheltra became the only ARCA Racing Series driver to finish inside the top-10 in all five races thus far. Sheltra surpassed Steve Arpin who along with Sheltra had top-10 finishes in the four events leading up to Talladega. 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 and his season-best second at ‘Dega.

Point’s Check: Five races down, 15 to go, Sheltra with the guidance of crew chief Jon Wolfe sits third in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings just 30 markers behind current leader Justin Marks. Just 10 markers separate Sheltra from the runner-up spot held by Steve Arpin. Mother and car owner Grace Sheltra locks the third position in the ARS car owner standings, just 30 credits from the top-spot held by Kevin Cywinski (No. 32).

Autographs Anyone?: Fans will get a double-dose to meet one of the hottest drivers on the ARCA tour this weekend. On Friday evening (May 20), Sheltra will keep his annual commitment to ARCA’s annual Fan Fest by participating in an autograph session on the grounds of Toledo Speedway from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. After his duties at the track on Sunday morning, Sheltra will participate in pre-race activities at the half-mile oval by participating in the traditional on-track autograph signing from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. local time.

Patrick Sheltra ARCA Career At-A-Glance: Entering Toledo, Sheltra has 72 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 13 top-fives and posted 27 top-10 finishes. A third place qualifying effort at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway (April 2009) is Sheltra’s best time trials efforts to date. He has controlled the ARCA field six times for 148 laps.

Marketing Partnerships Still Available: Multiple marketing partnership packages are still available for the 2010 ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series 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 a winning organization, please contact marketing@patricksheltra.com.

Are You In The Know?: Patrick Sheltra and Sheltra Motorsports are proud to be apart of the Facebook and Twitter 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, Toledo Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Recycling Services-Ferguson Pipe Dodge Charger.

On Talladega Superspeedway: “I still don’t know how we pulled that off but we did. It was a great recovery by the entire Sheltra Motorsports team. We vowed never to give up and the hard work paid off. Hopefully the finish proved to everyone in the garage that we really are serious about trying to win the ARCA championship.”

On Toledo Speedway: “I have a good feeling about Toledo this weekend. The last two races there didn’t go as planned for the Sheltra Motorsports team but that’s in the rear-view mirror and the team is focused on a strong run on Sunday afternoon. I like Toledo. It’s a great short track that always provides a lot of action. The fans will be in for a real treat.”

On Motor Mile Speedway Test: “I never had been to the Motor Mile before last Thursday but I enjoyed the track immensely. The test was a real success and I think with what we learned there will help us tremendously this weekend at Toledo. We’re real excited about this new car and it could steer us to our first victory of the season on Sunday.”

On Cedar Point: “Thursday offered a great chance to talk with some fans, explore the park and enjoy some thrilling rides. I had a blast and am very appreciative and thankful for Cedar Point and their staff for accommodating us. If all goes to plan, we’ll be back there on Monday with the team and really have some fun!”

On Points: “We made up some much needed ground at Talladega to Justin (Marks) and Steve (Arpin). The finishes like we have been having all year need to continue in order for us to stay in the hunt. We’re just going to keep giving everything we have every weekend and hope that the racing gods will continue to be on our side.”

Sheltra Motorsports, Toledo Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 Recycling Services-Ferguson Pipe Dodge Charger.

On Talladega Superspeedway: “I can tell you in person, we were going to be happy for a top-15 finish after everything we suffered through early in the race. How Patrick was able to maneuver the wounded No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger to a second place finish really shows how talented of a driver he really is.”

On Toledo Speedway: “Toledo has been one of those race tracks that if we stayed out of trouble or trouble didn’t find us we were in contention for the win. We’ve been on a hot streak this season and the guys expect it to continue this weekend. I’m really proud of their efforts and hope we can accelerate to our first win of the year on Sunday!”

On Celebrating Patrick’s 24th Birthday In North Carolina: “It was a nice surprise. I bought Rick a plane ticket to see Patrick for his birthday present and Patrick had no idea that we were coming. It was nice to see him enjoy his birthday in the surroundings of his family and friends. We’re hoping that he receives his biggest birthday present of the year by winning the race on Sunday.”

PRIOR RESULTS:

Patrick Sheltra, Toledo Speedway Prior ARCA Performance Record:

DateEventStartFinishLapsStatus
05/07Hantz Group 2002128173/200Running
10/07Hantz Group 200218200/200Running
05/08Hantz Group 200102200/200Running
10/08Hantz Group 200244200 / 200Running
05/09Menards 200529136/205Running
09/09ARCA RE/MAX 2001717199 / 200Running

The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the sixth of 20 events on the 2010 ARCA Racing Series schedule. The 67th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 22 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. An hour and 15 minute on-track autograph session has been etched in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. on race day. The contest will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 23. The race will not be televised but weekend coverage including live timing and scoring and a radio broadcast will be available through the BAS Racing Network online at arcaracing.com with additional streaming on Eagle 99.1 (WFRO-FM, Fremont), Eagle 93.7 (WQIO-FM, Mount Vernon) and FM100 Talks 100.1 (WNUY-FM, Fort Wayne, Ind.). All times are local.

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 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 Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards (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 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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