Pocono II: Patrick Sheltra practice report

Patrick Sheltra Off To Solid Start At Pocono Raceway LONG POND, Pennsylvania (July 30, 2010) - - Patrick Sheltra in the No. 60 Recycling Services / Ferguson Pipe Toyota Camry placed seventh in the lone practice session Friday morning leading up...

Patrick Sheltra Off To Solid Start At Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pennsylvania (July 30, 2010) - - Patrick Sheltra in the No. 60 Recycling Services / Ferguson Pipe Toyota Camry placed seventh in the lone practice session Friday morning leading up to tomorrow's Weis Markets 125 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, round 11 of 20 on the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards schedule.

Under the direction of crew chief Jon Wolfe, Sheltra, the 24-year old ARCA pro was one of the first drivers to tackle the track nicknamed "The Tricky Triangle" when the track opened for practice. Immediately, "Mr. Showtime" stormed his Sheltra Motorsports machine to the front by posting the fourth quickest lap.

After some routine chassis adjustments, Wolfe and his Mooresville, North Carolina based operation returned the Indiantown, Florida native back to the speed plant where Sheltra advanced to second in the pylon before his other competitors made their simulated qualifying runs which saw the No. 60 machine eventually backslide to seventh.

Sheltra ran a total of 21 laps around the 2.5-mile triangle posting his fastest lap in 55.051 seconds or 163.485 miles per hour. 40 of the scheduled 41 starters took practice laps around the Long Pond racecourse under spectacular weather conditions, setting the stage for the 51st ARCA race run at the facility following the inaugural Pocono Mountains 125 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event tomorrow afternoon.

"We're good," said Sheltra, who enters this weekend's race fourth in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings. "We're working on dialing in our car a little more and hoping to have an advantage for the race tomorrow that will take us to victory lane."

Sheltra, who will make ninth career start at Pocono tomorrow added, "We're going to tweak some things and do a thorough inspection on our Toyota Camry and hopefully it will be the extra nudge that will not only help us in qualifying but give us a good baseline for the race tomorrow. It's (race) going to be a quick one with only 50 laps scheduled, so we have to be right the moment that green flag drops."

Earlier Friday morning, the team drew the 37th slot for Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying set for 1:40 p.m. this afternoon. Sheltra will look to eclipse his best career starting position at Pocono of sixth which occurred seven weeks ago in June.

-source: sheltra motorsports

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