Patrick Sheltra Eager For Kentucky Speedway Rematch "Indiantown, Florida Native Looking For Inaugural Victory Friday Night" SPARTA, Kentucky (July 14, 2008) - - After a little rest and relaxation, ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) sophomore driver...
Patrick Sheltra Eager For Kentucky Speedway Rematch
"Indiantown, Florida Native Looking For Inaugural Victory Friday Night"
SPARTA, Kentucky (July 14, 2008) - - After a little rest and relaxation, ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) sophomore driver Patrick Sheltra will gear up for round number 11 on the 2008 schedule when the green flag waives at Kentucky Speedway Friday night for the running of the Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150.
[IMAGE]And if Sheltra Motorsports May Kentucky Speedway performance is any indication, the team will likely return to the front at the historic 1.5-mile oval and look for win number one in the No. 60 Groupe Beton Brunet-Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Dodge Charger.
"I'm ready for Kentucky," said Sheltra who spent his downtime in Dryden, Texas, a city with a dense population of 11. "We had a real good run in May but the extended cautions hurt a lot of teams including us. That was then and this is now. I'm ready to win and Kentucky would be a great place to do it at."
Rewinding back to ARCA's 16th appearance at Kentucky Speedway, fans enjoyed a solid and competitive race but a late race caution would set up for a green-white-checkered finish. Cautions would continue to fly sending the race into overtime. Already close on fuel mileage, the extended laps would wreak havoc on the Sheltra Motorsports team as Sheltra had to relinquish a solid fourth place effort to pit for four tires and fuel. On the final run of the night, Sheltra was on a mission and marched from his restarting position of 15th to maneuver his camouflage Dodge Charger to an impressive seventh on the final lap. It was at that time, Sheltra's best performance of the year.
"Kentucky Speedway always provides great racing and the race in May was no exception," remembered Sheltra. "I expect the same type of competition this weekend."
Sheltra Motorsports located just two and a half hours from Kentucky Speedway in the small town of Whitesville, Kentucky elected not to participate in the recent open test at the Sparta, Kentucky based facility and Sheltra is confident his team won't miss a beat.
"I'm not worried at all," commented Sheltra on the decision to skip the open test. "We know what our car will do during the day and night. The Sheltra Motorsports bunch has worked their tails off to make sure our Dodge Charger is ready to go."
Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra Motorsports chassis number 12 to Kentucky Speedway this weekend. This is the same automobile that Sheltra steered in the Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150 to a solid seventh place finish. Chassis number 11 will serve as the team's back-up automobile. This is the same piece that the Whitesville, Kentucky based team competed with at Pocono Raceway in June.
"Our Dodge program has been strong. Other than Pocono where we lost a motor, we've run in the top-10. The car we're bringing back this weekend has sat on jack stands since the May race and we haven't touched it until a few weeks ago. The car really planted good to the track here in May and we're hoping it will do the same Friday night."
For the second consecutive event, Groupe Beton Brunet will return with Sheltra as the primary marketing partner for the Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150.
"We're super excited to have Groupe Beton Brunet back on board for Kentucky. This is a completely different venue for them, so we're looking forward to running up front and putting their name out there even more."
Locking ninth in the championship standings with 10 events remaining on the 2008 calendar, 130 markers separate Sheltra from entering the top-five in the championship chase and the 22-year old superstar knows that a stellar run Friday night will keep the team's championship chase alive.
"Point's have been the name of the game this season," sounded Sheltra. "We've only had two finishes outside the top-20 and we're ninth in points. That just tells you what kind of season it has been this year. We have to raise the bar another notch during the second-half and collect some points."