SCHRADER RACING'S SHELTRA SLOWED BY EXPIRED ENGINE AT MIS INDIANTOWN, FL (June 19, 2006) -- Experience breeds patience but 20-year-old Patrick Sheltra is being forced to learn patience early in his pavement career. The Florida native has had an...
SCHRADER RACING'S SHELTRA SLOWED BY EXPIRED ENGINE AT MIS
INDIANTOWN, FL (June 19, 2006) -- Experience breeds patience but 20-year-old Patrick Sheltra is being forced to learn patience early in his pavement career. The Florida native has had an impressive showing in his three ARCA RE/MAX Series career starts but finishes indicative of his performance still remain elusive.
Sheltra, qualified for his first ARCA RE/MAX Series event in 2005 at Chicagoland Speedway but experienced early mechanical problems. For the 2006 season, he partnered with fellow dirt racer Ken Schrader for a handful of events including this past weekends "Hantz Group 200" at Michigan International Speedway and the previous week's race at Pocono Raceway. Sheltra piloted his Brady Ranch/FloraGanics/Ken Schrader Racing #99 Dodge Charger into the top-15 and top-10 respectively before luck ran out in both showings.
Sheltra was looking forward to his first pavement top-10 finish in only his second speedway start at the "Pocono 200" when a bump from a competitor ended the #99 team's day with an accident on the final green flag lap of the race. Traveling onwards to Michigan, Sheltra qualified 31st for the "Hantz Group 200" in his first ever attempt at the large two-mile paved oval. The Schrader Racing team looked for redemption and raced conservatively early in the event and Sheltra advanced into the top-15. The young short-track, dirt racing wheelman even managed the foreign concept of speedway pit stops and was solidly positioned in the top-20 as the halfway mark clicked off.
Looking towards a successful finish, the Schrader Racing team faced disappointment once again as the engine expired before the checkered flag flew. Sheltra was the last of six competitors to lose an engine, completed 83% of the laps and was officially scored in the 33rd position. NASCAR Nextel Cup ace David Stremme lapped the entire field en route to his "Hantz Group 200" and was the only competitor to finish on the lead lap.
"This is disappointing," said Sheltra. "We stayed out of trouble and just wanted a decent finish since Pocono went so well and we saw that top-10 flash before our eyes. I can't thank Ken Schrader, Donnie Richeson, everyone at Ken Schrader Racing, my own crew guys, Brady Ranch and FloraGanics for their support. We will be back at both tracks with the goal of not just making the race, but finishing."
Before returning to the seat of the #99 Dodge Charger in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Sheltra will rejoin his dirt racing team for a stint with intensive U.M.P. Summernationals dirt late model tour.