Patrick Sheltra Grabs Solid Starting Spot For Pennsylvania 200 LONG POND, Pennsylvania (August 1, 2008) -- - Sophomore ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) driver Patrick Sheltra will start 13th in Saturday's Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway after...
Patrick Sheltra Grabs Solid Starting Spot For Pennsylvania 200
LONG POND, Pennsylvania (August 1, 2008) -- - Sophomore ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) driver Patrick Sheltra will start 13th in Saturday's Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway after mounting an impressive lap in Friday afternoon's ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying session.
Sheltra will make his fifth career start at the demanding 2.5-mile triangle while searching for his first top-10 effort at the Long Pond, Pennsylvania race track in the 13th event on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series. In his previous four starts, Sheltra has landed a personal-best finish of 11th occurring in last year's Pennsylvania 200.
Sheltra's time trials lap of 55.071 seconds at 163.425 MPH was 0.812 (slightly over eight-tenths) seconds quicker than the team's best practice lap early Friday morning when Sheltra clicked off a lap of 55.883 seconds or 161.051 MPH.
"We're going to be fine Saturday," said Sheltra. "In practice we were not able to get a good qualifying lap because there was so much traffic, so I wasn't 100 percent sure where we would have landed in our qualifying run, but I'll take that. The key is to rebound from our recent tough luck and put our No. 60 Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Dodge Charger up front and in contention for our first career win."
Before Sheltra straps in behind the wheel of his Grace Sheltra-owned automobile, Sheltra can be heard on the airwaves Saturday morning on ESPN Radio 1370 as a guest on Racing Edge hosted by Kent Whitaker at approximately 9:10 a.m. local time.
Entering Pocono, Sheltra has 37 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with a career best finish of second at Toledo Speedway (May 2008) with two additional top-five finishes (third) at Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 2007), (fourth) at Berlin Raceway (July 2007) while holding additional top-10s at Michigan International Speedway (June 2008), Kentucky Speedway (May 2008), Kansas Speedway (April 2008), Iowa Speedway (April 2008), Kentucky Speedway (June 2007), DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2007) and Toledo Speedway (October 2007). An eighth place qualifying effort at Kansas Speedway (April 2008) is Sheltra's best time trials efforts to date. He has controlled the ARCA field twice for 15 laps.
The Pennsylvania 200 (200 miles/80 laps) is the 13th of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 47th ARCA event held at Pocono Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, August 1 with an hour and forty minute practice session planned from 10:15 a.m.-11:55 a.m. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated to begin at 1:45 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Saturday, August 2 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The event will not be televised but additional race coverage including live timing and scoring and radio coverage courtesy of the ARCA Radio Network will be available online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.