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


Stock Car Racing Topics:  Patrick Sheltra, Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200

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

Chris Knight
Sheltra Motorsports
July 15, 2010

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Recycling Services / Ferguson Pipe Dodge Charger Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200 Fast Facts

ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards Race No. 10, Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200, Mansfield Motorsports Park, Mansfield, Ohio

Race Information: Event: Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200, Saturday, July 17 at 8:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Mansfield Motorsports Park Qualifying: Saturday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: .5-mile paved-oval.

Last Time Out; Iowa Speedway: It appeared that Patrick Sheltra and his Sheltra Motorsports team was well on their way to notching their ninth consecutive top-10 finish in a row at Iowa Speedway last weekend. The team unloaded their No. 60 Sheltra Motorsports Toyota Camry to post the sixth fastest time in the first practice. In happy hour, the Sheltra Motorsports posse flexed their muscle and recorded the top spot in the short practice session. After qualifying eighth, Sheltra motored into the top-five before the engine seized underneath the hood of the Jon Wolfe led team resulting in a 29th place finish in the Prairie Meadows 200.

Welcome Back To The Buckeye State: On Saturday night, the Indiantown, Florida native will make his second start at Mansfield Motorsports Park (MMP). In last year’s event, Sheltra qualified 16th but became trapped in a multi-car incident in the first corner of the first lap. Sheltra was able to rebound and put his No. 60 Dodge Charger into the top-10 before suspension failure 28 laps from the finish relegated the team to a 21st place finish.

Nothing Wrong With Getting Carried-A-Way: On Thursday, crew chief Jon Wolfe and Sheltra participated in a private test at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, North Carolina. The team utilized the session to shake down their automobile for this weekend’s feature at MMP. Prior to Thursday, the Indiantown, Florida native never had competed at the North Carolina speed plant.

Waking Up On A Brighter Side; LaQuinta Style: Driver Patrick Sheltra and his Sheltra Motorsports team welcome LaQuinta Inns & Suites, Mansfield, Ohio on-board the team’s No. 60 Dodge Charger this weekend as an associate marketing partner. Built in 1996, LaQuinta Inns & Suites, Mansfield, Ohio hosts 86 rooms, a mixture of king rooms, double rooms and suites. For relaxation, the establishment located in the south end of Mansfield, Ohio offers an indoor pool and hot tub. The LQ Mansfield also offers free high speed wireless internet and free daily continental breakfast. For reservations, please call, 419.774.0005.

Yeah, It’s Got A Hemi: For the fifth time in 2010, the Mooresville, North Carolina based Sheltra Motorsports team will feature the Chrysler nameplate as its manufacturer of choice for Saturday night’s Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. The team competed with a Dodge Charger in the season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Salem (Ind.) Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and most recently at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. The team has eclipsed five top-10 finishes including four top-five efforts sealed with a season-best of second at Talladega in April.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hylton: Brandon Hylton, mechanic and tire carrier for the veteran ARS team will celebrate his 23rd birthday on Sunday, July 18. Hylton joined Sheltra Motorsports in January after a stint in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with CJM Racing. Hylton is also the son of veteran NASCAR crew chief Butch Hylton.

Point’s Check: Nine races down, 11 to go, Sheltra with the guidance of crew chief Jon Wolfe sits second in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings accumulating 1970 points and 70 markers behind current leader Justin Marks. Sheltra holds a 30 point gap from third place competitor Craig Goess. The 24-year old Sheltra also controls the second position in the ARS car owner standings. After last weekend’s results at Iowa Speedway, Sheltra slipped to second in the championship chase after holding the top-spot for three consecutive races in a row after also sharing the top-spot with Parker Kligerman for one race (Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway) in 2009.

Nice Stats: By posting his eighth top-10 finish of the season at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on June 11, Sheltra remains the only ARCA Racing Series driver to finish inside the top-10 in eight of the nine races 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 and most recently a third place outing in the Racing for Wildlife 200 at MIS for round number eight.

Closing In On A Record: While eclipsing his fifth top-five finish of the year at Michigan International Speedway last month, Patrick Sheltra holds a new record for the number of finishes inside the top-five for a full-season. In his previous three full-time seasons, Sheltra has posted a season high of four top-five finishes including in 2009. Sheltra personal best of nine top-10 finishes in 2008 is on the verge of being collapsed with Sheltra aiming for nine top-10s in 10 events in 2010. Sheltra is expected to set a new personal season stat record with 11 races remaining this year.

Autographs Anyone?: After his duties at the track on Saturday, Sheltra is scheduled to participate in the on-track autograph session on the frontstretch at Mansfield Motorsports Park (Mansfield, Ohio) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm local time.

Marketing Partnerships Still Available: Multiple cost-effective 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 our winning organization, please contact brandon@patricksheltra.com or marketing@patricksheltra.com.

Patrick Sheltra ARCA Career At-A-Glance: Entering Iowa, Sheltra has 75 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 30 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.

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, Mansfield Motorsports Park Pre-Race Quotes: Patrick Sheltra, driver / owner of the No. 60 Recycling Services / Ferguson Pipe Dodge Charger

On Iowa Speedway: “We had a great car last weekend at Iowa. We weren’t expecting the motor to give way, but sometimes that happens in racing. I appreciate everything that the Sheltra Motorsports team and Triad did to try and make our weekend successful. It’s just time to put this race in the rear-view mirror.”

On Mansfield Motorsports Park: “Mansfield is a pretty unique place. It’s a tough track to negotiate. You need to have a good handling car and be able to feather the throttle if need be; not to mention keep the fenders on for 200 laps. I have high hopes for Saturday night, so I hope what I have in mind will actually come to life.”

On The Caraway Speedway Test: “I think the test went pretty good. We just wanted to shake down our No. 60 Recycling Services / Ferguson Pipe Dodge Charger and make sure we had all the kinks worked out. I feel like what we learned there could be extremely beneficial for Saturday night.”

On His New Game Plan: “Our game plan which starts at Mansfield is simple. We’re going to do what we did the first eight races. We plan to show consistency, lead laps and be up front. Eventually, we should be able to overcome the deficit we received at Iowa and have everyone chasing us again.”

On Points: “This championship is going to come down to the wire. I think you’ll be allowed one, maybe two bad races to keep in the hunt but other than that, you have to be in contention (to win races), leading laps and vying for those crucial qualifying points. I need to step up my game for qualifying and I have some ideas on how to mange that. It’s going to be exciting for sure.”

Sheltra Motorsports, Mansfield Motorsports Park Pre-Race Quotes: Jon Wolfe, crew chief of the No. 60 Recycling Services / Ferguson Pipe Dodge Charger

On Mansfield Motorsports Park: “The whole team is pumped up about going to Mansfield. Patrick is so exciting to watch on the short tracks and that excitement bleeds over to all of us. Hopefully, the excitement will lead a trip to victory lane.”

On What The Keys Are To Succeeding At Mansfield Motorsports Park: “As with most short track racing Mansfield gets a little rough and tumble sometimes, so keeping the fenders on and being there at the end is the biggest key.”

On The Possibility Of Winning At His Hometown Track: “Growing up about 40 miles from Mansfield in Strasburg, Ohio makes this a special event for me. I have some relatives and friends attending, so a win would be just that much better.”

On How You Keep The Team's Confidence Positive After The Disappointment Of Last Weekend (Iowa): “Getting back to the track is the best medicine. Racing is full of up's and downs and we are just trying to remain focused on our mission, winning races and ultimately the championship.”

On Giving The Sheltra Motorsports Team A Grade For The First Nine Races This Season: “This is a hard one. All the guys have come a long way in a hurry and seem to get better every day. Our on track performance has been really good most of the time with a few hiccups along the way, so overall I would have to say a B+. The good thing is that we have 11 more events to up our grade to an A+.”

PRIOR RESULTS:

Patrick Sheltra, Mansfield Motorsports Park Prior ARCA Performance Record:

DateEventStartFinishLapsStatus
06/09Tim Richmond 2001621174 / 202Suspension

The Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 10th of 20 events on the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards schedule. The second annual ARCA race at Mansfield Motorsports Park is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday July 17 with an hour and half practice session planned from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the week 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.

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 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards (No. 60) and a limited schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 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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