ARCA Point's Leader Patrick Sheltra Sixth In Lone Practice Session At Pocono Despite Minor Setback LONG POND, Pennsylvania (June 4, 2010) - - Current ARCA Racing Series (ARS) point's leader Patrick Sheltra only turned six laps in...
ARCA Point's Leader Patrick Sheltra Sixth In Lone Practice Session At Pocono Despite Minor Setback
LONG POND, Pennsylvania (June 4, 2010) - - Current ARCA Racing Series (ARS) point's leader Patrick Sheltra only turned six laps in Friday morning's practice session at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway but the six laps were competitive enough to give his Sheltra Motorsports a boost for the remainder of the weekend despite a minor setback.
Sheltra in the No. 60 Recycling Services-Ferguson Pipe Toyota Camry was one of the first drivers to tackle the track nicknamed "the tricky triangle" for the short hour and forty minute practice session. Sheltra quickly shot up to second on the rundown before after his second trip out reported to his crew that he felt had a problem in his Grace Sheltra owned automobile.
Sheltra's intuition turned out to be dead on as upon a complete inspection of the vehicle by the team diagnosed a hole in the fuel line, a similar problem that the Indiantown, Florida native has had twice in his ARCA career including here at Pocono.
A gallant effort by the Jon Wolfe-led operation resulted in a complete fix of the situation. Sheltra however was unable to return to the 2.5-mile triangle before the conclusion of practice. The performance though was good enough to land Sheltra sixth on the overall rundown of the 34 cars who took time with Sheltra maneuvering his Japanese nameplate around the facility in 55.223 seconds at 162.976 miles per hour.
"We're good," said Sheltra, who holds a 10-point margin between he and second place competitor Justin Marks heading into tomorrow's race. "The car was strong right off the bat but it didn't take long before I had that feeling that something was wrong. We played it smart and took our time to find the problem, so I'm not worried about the rest of the weekend."
Sheltra continued, "We weren't real sure how this car was going to be because we changed it from a Dodge to a Toyota during the off-season but it was evident when we went on the track Friday morning, we have a hot rod. We didn't have a chance to make a mock qualifying run and we still landed sixth, so I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the day brings."
Justin Marks and Steve Arpin, Sheltra's closest competition in the race to the championship posted the 12th and 14th fastest times respectively.
-source: sheltra motorsports