Patrick Sheltra cleared to race

Patrick Sheltra Cleared To Return To Competition WHITESVILLE, Kentucky (March 26, 2009) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) driver Patrick Sheltra has been medically cleared to return to racing competition just in time for the ARCA RE/MAX Series to...

Patrick Sheltra Cleared To Return To Competition

WHITESVILLE, Kentucky (March 26, 2009) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) driver Patrick Sheltra has been medically cleared to return to racing competition just in time for the ARCA RE/MAX Series to pick up with their second race of the season, the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Car Care at Salem Speedway next Sunday, April 5.

Sheltra, 22 was involved in a nasty accident in the closing laps of the series' season opener at Daytona International Speedway last month where Sheltra suffered a compression fracture of his fourth vertebrae and a dislocated kneecap.

Sheltra's determination and vigorous healing instructions have allowed the Indiantown, Florida native a speedy and successful recovery allowing him to return as the driver of the No. 60 Ferguson Pipe-ThePeoplesCars.com Dodge Charger.

"I'm ready to get back after it," said Sheltra, who sits 14th in ARCA RE/MAX Series driver points marching into Salem. "I'm feeling real good and I feel more determined than ever to show that this incident hasn't sidetracked my focus to winning races and trying to win the championship. Our team is stronger than ever and we're ready to show that on the track!"

"I cannot continue to be appreciative and thankful for everyone's support during the recovery process. The outpouring of emails, mail, phone calls and text messages were overwhelming and it showed me that there were a lot of people that cared about the accident and I was extremely humbled by that. I'm just thankful to be able to race again," sounded Sheltra, nicknamed "Mr. Showtime."

As for next weekend, Sheltra has four starts at the demanding Salem Speedway with a best finish of 11th, three times including two-in-a-row. Feeling energized, Sheltra is ready to acquire his first top-10 finish and hopefully a win at the Southern Indiana track.

"I would love to win at Salem," noted Sheltra. "It's a place that you can have a banged up car but if you can master the luck and have a good setup, you can take home the trophy. We're going to win this year but what a Cinderella story it would be to pull it off pull it off next weekend."

In addition to running a full ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule this year, Sheltra will also run a limited dirt schedule and also plans to run selected NASCAR Nationwide Series events with his Whitesville, Kentucky based Sheltra Motorsports team.

-credit: PatrickSheltra.com.

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