Talladega: Patrick Sheltra practice report

Solid Practice Effort For Patrick Sheltra At Talladega "MTV's Real World Scott Herman A Popular Face In ARCA Garage!" TALLADEGA, Alabama (April 23, 2009) - - Patrick Sheltra is on a mission this weekend. Not on a mission to win his first career...

Solid Practice Effort For Patrick Sheltra At Talladega
"MTV's Real World Scott Herman A Popular Face In ARCA Garage!"

TALLADEGA, Alabama (April 23, 2009) - - Patrick Sheltra is on a mission this weekend. Not on a mission to win his first career race as the Indiantown, Florida native delivered his first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in spectacular fashion at Salem Speedway earlier this month, but on a mission to put his No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings / BuckedUpApparel.com Dodge Charger in victory lane on a superspeedway.

The last time Sheltra, a 22-year old rising star tackled a superspeedway it was on the treacherous high banks of Daytona International Speedway where Sheltra was involved in a monstrous accident which almost halted Sheltra's third year of ARCA RE/MAX Series competition.

Back and better than ever, Sheltra returns to restrictor plate racing this time at the breathtaking 2.66-mile superspeedway of Talladega, Alabama where the current ARCA RE/MAX Series point's leader set the 11th fastest time in the lone practice session on Thursday by setting a time of 51.767 seconds at 184.983 miles per hour.

"The car is real good," said Sheltra, who finished fifth in last year's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. "The car is set to race. I think we have a good qualifying car but this baby will really come to life in the race."

On the heels of a second place finish last Sunday at Rockingham Speedway, Sheltra invades Talladega Superspeedway looking to keep his momentum alive while pulling ahead in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings.

"This is a crap-shoot race for sure," Sheltra sounded. "It's a fun place to race, but man anything can and usually does happen here. Keeping out of the big one and being around for the final 10 laps are critical here at Talladega."

The fourth race of the season also marks the first primary marketing partnership for Buffalo Wings & Rings as the Cincinnati, Ohio based company has leaped aboard to take control of Sheltra's No. 60 Dodge Charger at Talladega Superspeedway.

"I'm so proud to have Buffalo Wings & Rings on this car," added Sheltra. "What a company they are and I'm looking forward to a long standing relationship with them. They are incredible people with 44 great establishments and it's our intention to put them in victory lane Friday afternoon."

In addition, Salem, New Hampshire's Scott Herman, a cast member favorite in the 2009 edition of MTV's Real World: Brooklyn is hanging out with the Sheltra Motorsports team this weekend and grasping his first waive of auto racing from inside the garage.

"Scott is a cool dude," replied Sheltra. "I met him last night for the first time and he had an instant click with this race team. He is our guest this weekend at Talladega and I'm really glad he's here and we're looking forward to bringing him back to more races down the road while making him a fan for life!"

-credit: sm

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