Kentucky II: Patrick Sheltra preview

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Groupe Beton Brunet-Ferguson Pipe Enterprises-FloraGanics Dodge ChargerKentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150 Fast Facts ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 11, Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky Race Information:...

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 Groupe Beton Brunet-Ferguson Pipe Enterprises-FloraGanics Dodge ChargerKentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150 Fast Facts

ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 11, Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150
Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky

Race Information: Event: Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150; Friday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Kentucky Speedway Qualifying: Friday, July 18 at 4:30 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: 1.5-mile paved-oval.

Cayuga Recap: In their first trip north of the border, Sheltra Motorsports endured a tough outing at Cayuga Motor Speedway in the Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250. After starting 17th, Patrick Sheltra maneuvered his No. 60 Groupe Beton Brunet Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to the front and led 11 laps before becoming a victim in short track carnage. The team finished the event 18th completing 249 of 257 circuits.

Welcome Back: For the second consecutive event Sheltra Motorsports will welcome Groupe Beton Brunet onboard as a primary marketing partner for Friday's Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150. Groupe Beton Brunet held the primary marketing partner role in the most recent ARCA event at Cayuga Motor Speedway on June 29th. Groupe (pronounced Group) Beton (pronounced Be-Ton) Brunet (pronounced Brew-Nay) has more than 75 years experience in the underground/infrastructure industry throughout Eastern Canada. Groupe Beton Brunet grown substantially in adding (7) new acquisitions and various product lines. Groupe Beton Brunet has expanded their markets to include the United States with a plant located in Florida.

New Addition To The Team: Sheltra Motorsports welcomes Phillip Lindley to the team for the Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150. Lindley joins the Sheltra Motorsports team as the rear tire carrier and mechanic. Lindley is a recent graduate of the NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) and has experience in the Motorsports arena working for other organizations.

Kentucky Speedway Rewind: Patrick Sheltra will make his fourth career start at Kentucky Speedway Friday night. In his previous three outings, Sheltra's worst finish was 18th while posting two top-10 finishes of ninth (May 2007) and most recently seventh in the Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 in May.

Hoping To Charge To The Front: Crew Chief John Hayden will unload the Dodge Charger nameplate for the fifth time this season in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 150. The Chrysler brand automobile has been particularly kind to the sophomore team this season with three top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway (eighth), Kentucky Speedway (seventh) and most recently Michigan International Speedway (sixth). The team also ran a Dodge Charger at Pocono Raceway but experienced engine failure while running fourth in June.

Nice Stat: Halfway through the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series, Sheltra Motorsports has fielded a car for Patrick Sheltra that has run in the top-10 for all 10 events thus far this season. The team has amassed one top-five with a runner-up at Toledo Speedway while holding four additional top-10 finishes. The team's season best qualifying effort came at Kansas Speedway where Sheltra awarded himself with a career best run of eighth. The team has led two races at Kansas Speedway and Cayuga Motor Speedway for a total of 15 laps.Looking Ahead: Sheltra Motorsports will announce this week a new primary marketing partner for next Saturday's Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. Last year, Sheltra in his inaugural trip to the .4-mile paved oval qualified 17th before marching to a then career best fourth.

Join The Fan Club: Sheltra Motorsports has launched a Patrick Sheltra Fan Club and it's absolutely free! Race fans can log onto to PatrickSheltra.com and fill out the form and you're an immediate member. Receive press releases, autograph cards, a chance to come to a race and much more!

Watcha Haulin?: Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra chassis number 12 to Kentucky Speedway this weekend. The primary machine is the same Dodge Charger that Sheltra maneuvered to a seventh place finish at Kentucky Speedway in the spring. Chassis number 15 will serve as the team's back-up automobile. This is the same racecar that the Whitesville, Kentucky based team competed with at Pocono Raceway in June.

Point Standings: After round 10 on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits ninth in the championship standings accumulating 2,070 points. Sheltra is 130 markers from moving into the fifth position currently held by SunTrust Rookie-of-the-Year candidate John Wes Townley. 420 credits separate Sheltra from the points lead held by SunTrust Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.Sheltra Motorsports, Kentucky Speedway Pre-Race Quotes:

Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Groupe Beton Brunet-Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Dodge:On Cayuga: "We were super excited to have Groupe Beton Brunet onboard for our first race at Cayuga Motor Speedway. We had a strong car and I wished our finish would have been better but we'll move on to Kentucky and hope we can grab the win Friday night."

On Returning To Kentucky Speedway: "Kentucky Speedway has always been a real good track to me. I'm looking forward to the race this weekend especially after our performance there in May. I think our car will be just as strong if not stronger. We hope to be the car everyone is chasing Friday night."

On Groupe Beton Brunet Returning As Primary Marketing Partner: "It's awesome. Bernard (Brunet) has been really supportive of our race team. We wish he could be in attendance with us at the race Friday night but we know he'll be watching from home in Canada and we hope to deliver him a victory."

On Qualifying Being Aired Live On SPEED: "Heck yeah, now that's what I am talking about. I think this is a huge opportunity not only for the race teams but for ARCA as a whole. This offers great exposure to the teams, drivers and their marketing partners. We plan to take full advantage of this opportunity. Hopefully we can be in the hunt for our first ever ARCA SIM Factory pole!"

Sheltra Motorsports, Kentucky Speedway Pre-Race Quotes:

Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 Groupe Beton Brunet-Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Dodge:

On Kentucky: "After our seventh place finish at Kentucky Speedway in May, we're aiming for a top-five on Friday night. I know that we can be a threat to win the race and that would be huge for the team, especially in their own backyard. Our Dodge Chargers have been strong and competitive this year and we don't expect anything different Friday night."

On The Season's First Half: "It's been very competitive to say the least. We're ninth in the championship standings right now but it's not over yet. There is still a long way to go. We know are team is capable of dishing out great cars that will lead to strong finishes. We look to be consistent and winning in the second half."

-credit: sm

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Series ARCA
Drivers John Hayden , Patrick Sheltra , John Wes Townley