Illinois: Patrick Sheltra preview

Patrick Sheltra Super Serious About Springfield "Sheltra Ready To Slaughter The Field At The Illinois State Fairgrounds" SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (August 19, 2010) - - The first of two dirt races are upon the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX...

Patrick Sheltra Super Serious About Springfield
"Sheltra Ready To Slaughter The Field At The Illinois State Fairgrounds"

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (August 19, 2010) - - The first of two dirt races are upon the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards tour this weekend starting with the Illinois State Fairgrounds and without hesitation, it would be more than fair to put Patrick Sheltra and his Mooresville, North Carolina based Sheltra Motorsports team on the radar screen as a threat to win Sunday's Allen Crowe 100.

The anticipation for Sunday's race for the Indiantown, Florida native could be compared to a six year old waking up on Christmas morning, running down a flight of stairs and seeing a bundle of presents left by Santa Claus. Though the Holidays are still months away, Sheltra joyfully would accept his second-career ARCA win in the 14th race of the season as an extremely early "Christmas" present.

"I love racing on the dirt, especially in ARCA," said Sheltra, a four-year ARCA pro. "We've never really have had any terrible finishes at Springfield despite some bad luck but we haven't been able to seal the deal with a win. Our consistency this year obviously makes us a favorite, but I'm ready to be more than a favorite. I'm ready to be a winner!"

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is often referred to as one of the most diverse Motorsports sanctioning bodies on the planet and Sheltra admits it would be hard to argue that statement. "How cool is it when you can swing a 3400-pound stock car around on the dirt? A little slipping and sliding and a lot of car control all in 100 laps. Racing in a stock car doesn't get much better than that."

Sheltra, a successful dirt late model ace before moving up the ladder to stock cars added, "I think these dirt races are exactly what the racing doctor ordered for us. Overall, our team is very excited about Springfield and the upcoming race at DuQuoin because we know our chances of winning there increase tremendously. While I'm confident we have a shot at being victorious this weekend, the field is going to be strong which should put on a great show for the fans."

After finishing 13th in the most recent ARCA race at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) last Sunday afternoon, Sheltra sits fifth in the championship standings just 95 markers behind current points' leader and nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel. Just 20 markers separate the 24-year old from moving into fourth and a mere 50 credits keeps Sheltra from re-auditioning on the championship podium.

"Truly, this (Springfield) is one of our best chances to make-up some ground in the standings. Frank (Kimmel) is always tough on the dirt but I feel like that when we unload on Sunday morning, we should have a good enough No. 60 Sheltra Motorsports / PatrickSheltra.com Dodge Charger that we can acquire some qualifying bonus points and with a positive finish, we can erase some of our deficit to the others."

This weekend, the Sheltra Motorsports team will revert to a blast from the past when the team led by veteran crew chief Jon Wolfe will unload the No. 60 Recycling Services / Ferguson Pipe Dodge tricked out in an all camouflage paint scheme swooshed in with streaks of neon orange. The paint scheme was a normal fixture for the Sheltra Motorsports team in 2008 before scaling back and running the popular wrap only on the dirt races last year.

"The camouflage car has always been one of my favorite paint schemes," sounded the avid hunter. "It's a layout that instantly grabs your attention and has been very popular not only in the garage area but with the fans too. It makes sense to run it here and at DuQuoin. Just maybe, we'll be camouflage enough where no one will be able to see us on Sunday!"

-source: sheltra motorsports

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Patrick Sheltra