Chicagoland: Patrick Sheltra Thursday report

Patrick Sheltra Sixth In First Practice At Chicagoland "Team Confident In No. 60 Toyota Camry; Ready For Friday Morning Session" JOLIET, Illinois (August 26, 2010) 0xd880^0x3801RCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards championship...

Patrick Sheltra Sixth In First Practice At Chicagoland
"Team Confident In No. 60 Toyota Camry; Ready For Friday Morning Session"

JOLIET, Illinois (August 26, 2010) 0xd880^0x3801RCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards championship contender Patrick Sheltra mounted the sixth fastest time in practice Thursday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway in preparation for tomorrow's Ansell Protective Gloves 150, site of round number 15 on the 2010 calendar.

After piloting a Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and a Dodge Charger respectively in the last two ARCA Racing Series contests, Sheltra climbed back behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry for Thursday's short practice run.

During the quick one hour and twenty minute session, Sheltra steered his Jon Wolfe led Toyota Camry to as high as second on the speed charts before eventually sliding down to sixth. Turning 36 laps overall around the 1.5-mile speed plant, the Indiantown, Florida native maneuvered a fast time of 31.312 seconds or 172.458 miles per hour.

"The car is pretty good," said Sheltra, who will make his fifth Chicagoland ARCA start Friday. "We tweaked on the handling throughout most of the practice and I was pretty happy with the way it turned on our last run of the day. We didn't do any mock qualifying runs, as we didn't think it would be an advantage to us today, so we mainly worked on race setup, which I feel really comfortable with."

Sheltra, who finished ninth, a track best at Chicagoland Speedway last August added, "We have an extremely short practice session tomorrow morning, so we'll do our final fine-tuning and make our qualifying run(s) and hope with what we've found today and tomorrow, we can be in contention for back-to-back wins."

Indeed, Sheltra is searching for a second consecutive win after snookering the field on a late restart last Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds that allowed the NASCAR bound driver to secure his second career ARCA victory in the Allen Crowe 100. Steve Arpin is the only other ARCA competitor this year that has two wins after delivering victories at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway respectively earlier this season.

"I've won a race on a short track and a dirt track. It would be neat to win one on a big track like Chicagoland. I feel our No. 60 Sheltra Motorsports Toyota Camry is strong enough to do it, we just need to have some more luck, much like we had last weekend," Sheltra sounded.

-source: sheltra motorsports

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Series ARCA
Drivers Patrick Sheltra , Steve Arpin