Rockingham: Patrick Sheltra pre-event notes

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 BuckedUpShirts.com / BuckedUpApparel.com Dodge Charger, ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200 Fast Facts Race Information: Event: ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200, Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Rockingham Speedway...

Patrick Sheltra, No. 60 BuckedUpShirts.com / BuckedUpApparel.com Dodge Charger, ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200 Fast Facts

Race Information: Event: ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200, Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Rockingham Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m. Local Time Track Length: 1-mile paved oval.

Salem Recap: In his first race since surviving a horrific crash in the ARCA RE/MAX Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Patrick Sheltra and his Sheltra Motorsports team returned to Salem Speedway on a mission. The mission succeeded as Sheltra qualified a career best fourth, led 84 of the event's 200 laps before storming to his first career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory four seconds ahead of his second place competition. The win came in Sheltra's 48th ARCA attempt.

Last Year At The Rock: Sheltra, a native of Indiantown, Florida made his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at Rockingham Speedway in May. Sheltra was 21st in practice before mounting a strong qualifying effort of 12th. In the race, Sheltra while running in the top-10 and was entangled in a multi-car incident. Bouncing back, Sheltra found himself running back in the top-10 when the motor expired on lap 200 relegating the team to a 34th place finish.

Testing, Testing, 123....: To prepare the Sheltra Motorsports team for round three of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, the third year ARCA team participated in a private test session on Tuesday, March 17. The team had anticipated in partaking in the open test session for the ARCA RE/MAX Series on Saturday, March 14 but the teams were plagued by rain for three straight days with Tuesday's weather finally opening up the track for some much needed track time.

Back Down To Business: After spending Sunday night celebrating his victory at Salem Speedway, it was back to work Monday morning for Sheltra and his Whitesville, Kentucky based Sheltra Motorsports team as they prepared to spend two days in Talladega, Alabama last Wednesday and Thursday preparing for next Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Sheltra ended up with the second fastest time overall in the two-day test session.

All Bucked Up For Rockingham: For the third race of the season, Sheltra Motorsports welcomes BuckedUp sporting it's BuckedUpShirts.com and BuckedUpApparel.com line on-board for their first taste of stock car racing, ARCA RE/MAX Series style. Founded in 2005, The BuckedUp "Antlers with Attitude" brand engages the spirit of outdoor enthusiast of all ages.Their customers are brand loyal, and are skilled in their sports. BuckedUp has found that they are passionate about their families, their friends, and their communities. They want to make a unique statement with their apparel and they also want it to be fashion forward in regards to design, fabric, and message.

Watcha Haulin?: Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to use Sheltra Motorsports Chassis No. 6 this weekend at Rockingham Speedway. This is the same piece the team raced with at Rockingham last year. The team converted the former Joe Gibbs Racing chassis from a Chevrolet to a Dodge Charger during the off-season. It will be run for just the second time in Sheltra's career. Chassis number 5 will serve as the team's back-up automobile. That former Joe Gibbs Racing entry is the same automobile that Sheltra rocketed to his first victory at Salem Speedway earlier this month.

Points Check: After round two on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits third in the championship standings accumulating 390 points. Sheltra is only 65 markers from moving into the lead currently held by Justin Lofton. Car owner Grace Sheltra controls fifth in the car owner standings also 65 credits from the lead currently retained by owner David Bean (No. 6).

Keeping The Streak Alive: For 23 consecutive races, Sheltra Motorsports has fielded a car for Patrick Sheltra that run in the top-10 (at one point or another) for all events reverting back to the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The team added their 22nd race by winning the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Car Care at Salem Speedway. During this period, the team has amassed one win, five top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes. The team's best qualifying effort occurred at Salem Speedway earlier this month where Sheltra awarded himself with a career best run of fourth. The team has led four races at Salem Speedway (2009) Kansas Speedway (2008), Cayuga Motor Speedway (2008), and Talladega Superspeedway (2008), for a total of 101 laps.

This Is The People's Car: In an effort to bring race fans closer to the Sheltra Motorsports team, the team is full throttle with their Peoples Car promotion. Race fans will have the opportunity to have their name plastered on the No. 60 Dodge Charger for most of the ARCA RE/MAX Series season. In addition, each time a fan joins the People's Car their name will be tossed into a drawing for an-all expensed paid trip (minus lodging expenses) to the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale at Rockingham Speedway. The lucky fan will be a honorary member of the Sheltra Motorsports team plus enjoy a few little surprises the team has spiced up for the lucky winner. Stay tuned to PatrickSheltra.com or ThePeoplesCars.com for all the details.

Vote Now: Race fans can vote Patrick Sheltra as the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series most popular driver by visiting ARCANation.com. From now until the end of the season, race fans can click on to ARCA's official fan-related web site and vote once a day for their favorite ARCA RE/MAX Series driver. The winner will be announced at the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet in Covington, Kentucky this December. If you're an ARCA Nation member your vote counts twice per day for one driver. If you're a non-ARCA Nation member, your vote counts only once. Sign up today at ARCANation.com and vote for Patrick Sheltra!

Autographs Anyone?: Patrick Sheltra will sign autographs for race fans on Friday, April 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time at ThunderFest in Downtown Rockingham, North Carolina. Race fans will also be able to see the No. 60 BuckedUpShirts.com show car which will be on display.

Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 BuckedUpShirts.com / BuckedUpApparel.com Dodge Charger:

On Salem Speedway: "The victory was sweet. To come back and win after what happened at Daytona, I don't think anyone else could have asked for anything more. It was awesome for our marketing partners and everyone on the Sheltra Motorsports team!"

On How He Celebrated: "We went back to Owensboro, Kentucky on Sunday night and a had a big celebration dinner with the guys at Texas Roadhouse. We had a great time. All my guys are the backbone of this race team so be able to stay and celebrate the win with them was even better!"

On Rockingham Speedway: "I'm looking forward to Rockingham this weekend. I wanted to keep racing after the win at Salem but the idle mode is over and we're going to try our hardest to maneuver back-to-back wins this weekend at Rockingham."

On The Key To Winning At Rockingham: "Tire management is more than likely is the key to winning Sunday's race. I've really worked on managing my tires last year and even at Salem to weeks ago to save the best for the end. I think luck is also a big factor at Rockingham. It's going to be a great race, that's for sure."

On Being Bucked Up This Weekend: "This match fits me perfectly. As everyone knows I'm an avid hunter at heart, so to be able to promote a growing company that carries swift and slick apparel like they do is truly a perfect match for this race team. I encourage all the race fans to log onto to BuckedUpApparel.com and check them out!"

On Points This Early: "Sitting third in points is a nice place to be two races into the season. This is the highest I've ever sat in the point standings in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, but we're not done yet. Our goal is to win the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship this year but we have to keep doing what we did at Salem. Winning races and leading laps will help the point's picture settle itself out. I hope to be leading the standings leaving Rockingham on Sunday."

Sheltra Motorsports, Rockingham Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 BuckedUpShirts.com / BuckedUpApparel.com Dodge Charger:

On Salem: "I'm very proud of everyone at Sheltra Motorsports. We were able to capitalize on our misfortune from Daytona and rebound with a impressive win at Salem Speedway. It really doesn't get much better than that."

On Being A Mother Of A Winning Driver In The ARCA RE/MAX Series: "Patrick's win at Salem Speedway is something that I'll never forget. To be able to celebrate him in victory lane was priceless. He has worked very hard over the past three years to become a winning driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. To do it the way he did it and with the support of the team makes me even a prouder mother and car owner."

On Rockingham Speedway: "It's quite a racetrack. We didn't have the best finish there last year but our performance was good. We were running in the top-10, saving our stuff for the last 100 laps and the motor died. The guys learned a lot at the test and they said we're going to be much better this weekend. Hopefully we can find ourselves back in victory circle Sunday."

-credit: PatrickSheltra.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers John Hayden , Justin Lofton , Patrick Sheltra
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing