Rockingham: Patrick Sheltra preview

Patrick Sheltra Hopes Momentum Continues At Rockingham ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (April 15, 2009) - - Still on cloud nine from his first career win in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Salem Speedway two weeks ago, Patrick Sheltra heads to Rockingham...

Patrick Sheltra Hopes Momentum Continues At Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (April 15, 2009) - - Still on cloud nine from his first career win in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Salem Speedway two weeks ago, Patrick Sheltra heads to Rockingham Speedway this weekend looking to keep the momentum alive in Sunday's ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200.

The victory was noted as a Cinderella story for Sheltra, who battled back from injuries sustained in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series opener at Daytona. In his first race back in an ARCA car since the wreck, Sheltra qualified a career best fourth, led a career high 84 laps before capturing his first ever stock car checkered flag.

[IMAGE]Reflecting on the win, Sheltra is hungry for more and returns to Rockingham Speedway this weekend looking to make it back-to-back victories in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

"We're ready to go and tame the Rock on Sunday," said Sheltra, an Indiantown, Florida native. "The win at Salem was huge for our team and we would like to keep the momentum going this weekend."

Sheltra made his Rockingham Speedway debut last May and while the finish wasn't exactly what he hoped for, Sheltra know has a better understanding of the track and it's characteristics.

"Rockingham is a neat place," Sheltra said. "It's one of those places you cannot compare with anything else we compete on. It does have similarities to some of the other ARCA tracks, but Rockingham by itself is a very demanding race track."

The 22-year old added, "We came here in March and tested. We were good, but we were looking to be a little better. I know we've made some changes to the car which should reflect a better on-track performance for practice and the race. We plan to be a factor this weekend that's for sure."

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.

Earlier this week, Sheltra Motorsports announced a new marketing partner for Rockingham Speedway in BuckedUpApparel.com. Founded in 2005, The Bucked Up "Antlers with Attitude" brand engages the spirit of outdoor enthusiast of all ages.Their customers are brand loyal, and are skilled in their sports. Bucked Up 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.

"This match fits me perfectly," sounded Sheltra, in regards to his new affiliation with BuckedUpApparel.com. 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."

-credit: PatrickSheltra.com.

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