Patrick Sheltra Returns To MacDonald Motorsports For Kansas "Buffalo Wings & Rings; MC2 Energy Drink To Sponsor No. 81 Entry" THOMASVILLE, North Carolina (September 28, 2009) - - Officials from Sheltra Motorsports announced today that ARCA...
Patrick Sheltra Returns To MacDonald Motorsports For Kansas
"Buffalo Wings & Rings; MC2 Energy Drink To Sponsor No. 81 Entry"
THOMASVILLE, North Carolina (September 28, 2009) - - Officials from Sheltra Motorsports announced today that ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran driver Patrick Sheltra will reunite with MacDonald Motorsports and return to the cockpit of the No. 81 Buffalo Wings & Rings-MC2 Energy Drink Dodge Charger for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event at Kansas Speedway.
Sheltra, a native of Indiantown, Florida will make his fourth career NNS start and second of the season. In July, the 23-year old made his return to Daytona International Speedway since surviving a catastrophic accident in the ARCA season opener in February. Sheltra posted a career best qualifying effort only to be knocked out in a mid-race incident while running in the top-15.
Buffalo Wings & Rings and Sheltra Motorsports's newest marketing partner MC2 Energy Drink will take the reins of primary marketing partners for the Kansas Lottery 300.
"I'm excited and thankful about getting another shot in a Nationwide car this weekend," said Sheltra, who will have a double-duty weekend while competing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery 150 on Thursday. "I appreciate the support of MacDonald Motorsports, Buffalo Wings & Rings and MC2 Energy Drink for stepping up to the plate to make this possible."
Sheltra will make his inaugural NASCAR debut at Kansas but the racing phenom pulled together a very competitive eighth place finish in last year's ARCA RE/MAX Series event which included his first laps of controlling the field.
"I am shooting for a top-20 finish this weekend," offered Sheltra. "This is the same car we raced at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year and we were able to come away with a solid top-25 run, so I'm hoping for a little bit more this weekend."
MacDonald Motorsports crew chief David Ingram will call the shots for Sheltra with 2005 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Ted Musgrave serving as Sheltra's driving coach. Seven additional members of the Sheltra Motorsports clan will also pull double duty this weekend and assist the MacDonald Motorsports team on race day for the 29th race of the season.
"I enjoyed working with David (Ingram) at Daytona even though it was a whole different ball game," Sheltra sounded. "David will be on-hand for the ARCA race on Thursday so I think him sitting on top of the pit box with my ARCA team will benefit us Saturday."
Sheltra continued, "It's been amazing spending the last couple months with Ted. He has really helped me mature as a driver and I think with his guidance our goal of finishing in the top-20 is feasible."
The event will mark the first time that Buffalo Wings & Rings, Sheltra's primary marketing partner in the ARCA RE/MAX Series will adorn the hood for a NASCAR event. The fastest-growing privately owned franchised chain of restaurants in the nation served as an associate marketing partner at Daytona.
In addition, MC2 Energy Drink will spawn its first NASCAR run with the dirt late model ace on Saturday afternoon. The team's No. 81 entry will look identical to Sheltra's half-neon and half-camouflage ARCA machine to be run on Thursday.
"To run identical cars at Kansas this weekend is big and really cool," Sheltra responded. "However to have the opportunity to bring Buffalo Wings & Rings along and grasp the opportunity to work with MC2 is even bigger. I'm just hoping to do everyone a good job and bring home a finish we all can be proud of."
Sheltra, nicknamed "Mr. Showtime" for his unique and thrilling driving style has been spending the 2009 season competing full-time in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Currently, after 19 races, he sits eighth in points with one win, four top-fives and eight top-10 finishes. Sheltra recorded his first career win in the second race of the season at Salem Speedway after recovering from his injuries from Daytona International Speedway in February.