Daytona: Patrick Sheltra Thursday report

Patrick Sheltra Drives To Top-10 Practice Effort At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 4, 2010) - - Patrick Sheltra steered his No. 60 PowerTrac Machinery Dodge Charger to the sixth fastest time overall during Thursday's four hour and...

Patrick Sheltra Drives To Top-10 Practice Effort At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 4, 2010) - - Patrick Sheltra steered his No. 60 PowerTrac Machinery Dodge Charger to the sixth fastest time overall during Thursday's four hour and fifty minute practice session giving his Mooresville North Carolina-based team high hopes for Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

In the same Dodge Charger that Sheltra piloted last April at Talladega (Ala.) Speedway, the Indiantown, Florida native whipped his Grace Sheltra owned machine around the 2.5-mile superspeedway to a time of 49.612 seconds at 181.408 miles per hour.

In session one which was concluded about half-way during the lengthy practice effort, Sheltra clocked his neon green and camouflage machine into the ninth position.

"Our PowerTrac Dodge is really good. We didn't have to play with it a whole today. The car handles real well all by itself and the little drafting we did today, I didn't have one complaint," Sheltra said. "We're going to qualify somewhere between eighth and 12th, I thinktomorrow (Friday) but come race day, we're going to have a shot at winning this thing. I just have to thank Jon (Wolfe, crew chief) and all of the guys for working real hard. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

The 23-year old phenom drew the 15th position for Friday's Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell session. Last year, Sheltra qualified his Dodge 16th but was entangled in a late race incident during last season's season opener which nearly cost the ARCA veteran his racing career. Despite the innocent, he finished 14th.

"I try not and think about what happened last year," Sheltra added. "Sure it was a bad deal but I think everyone learned from it. I know it made me more attentive as a racecar driver though. These ARCA cars are incredibly safe and I know my guys work extremely hard to keep me safe. I don't think or hope we won't see a race like we did last year on Saturday."

After climbing out of his car Thursday evening, Sheltra was interviewed by Steven Smith of the Orlando Sentinel. The twenty minute interview ranged from Sheltra's entrance into Motorsports, his off-track life, the ARCA Racing Series as a whole and his thoughts on the addition of IZOD IndyCar Series star Danica Patrick and Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr. participating in the ARCA race at Daytona. The commentary article is scheduled to run this Saturday (February 6).

On Saturday, Sheltra Motorsports will also pay tribute to six-year old Nicholas Batchelor who perished in an off-road utility accident in January.

-source: sheltra motorsports

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Series ARCA
Drivers Patrick Sheltra , Danica Patrick