Chicagoland: Patrick Sheltra qualifying report

Patrick Sheltra To Start 15th In Ansell Cut Protection 150 Joliet, Illinois (August 28, 2009) - - The cards did not fall Patrick Sheltra's way in Menards pole by Ansell Friday afternoon at the Chicagoland Speedway. Sheltra's first attempt to ...

Patrick Sheltra To Start 15th In Ansell Cut Protection 150

Joliet, Illinois (August 28, 2009) - - The cards did not fall Patrick Sheltra's way in Menards pole by Ansell Friday afternoon at the Chicagoland Speedway. Sheltra's first attempt to tackle the 1.5-mile speed plant in time trials was aborted when another car on his car final qualification lap spun in turns three and four which prompted Sheltra to slow his No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger and steer towards pit road to the attention of his Sheltra Motorsports team.

After a clear pass from ARCA, the team was allowed to switch back into qualifying mode with Sheltra retackling the track some 25 minutes later. During his first lap, Sheltra posted a time of 31.266 seconds at 172.712 miles per hour. The effort was the team's fastest lap of the weekend.

To the team's surprise, Sheltra shut the car off going into turn one and coasted into the garage area where he apologized to his crew led by former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver John Hayden for not posting a second lap run.

"I messed up," Sheltra admitted. "I knew that the first lap was pretty good and I know it's a common trend that your first lap is the fastest. I wasn't thinking. I know everyone thinks we probably could have been better on our second lap and we might have been, can't do anything about it now except make up for it in the race."

He added, "the bright side is our Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge is a little snug but very drivable. We should have a good car for the race."

The Indiantown, Florida native's qualifying run is the second consecutive race at the Joliet, Illinois facility where his Grace Sheltra owned automobile will start inside the top-15. Last year, Sheltra started 14th and was running in the top-10 when the team was relegated to a 31st place finish because of mechanical failure.

-credit: sm

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Series ARCA
Drivers John Hayden , Patrick Sheltra