Talladega: Team RAB/Sheltra preview

* ARCA Racing Series veteran driver, Patrick Sheltra will make his fifth career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start Saturday afternoon at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway behind the wheel of the No. 09 RAB Racing Ford Fusion for car owner Robby ...

* ARCA Racing Series veteran driver, Patrick Sheltra will make his fifth career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start Saturday afternoon at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway behind the wheel of the No. 09 RAB Racing Ford Fusion for car owner Robby Benton.

* This will be Sheltra's debut at the 2.66-mile superspeedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

* Sheltra competed against RAB Racing with Brack Maggard in the ARCA Racing Series in 2007 & 2008.

Sheltra's ARCA Stats: Sheltra is a full-time competitor in the ARCA Racing Series. In just four races this season, the Indiantown, Florida native has finished in the top-10 in all four events including two top-fives and two top-10s. Currently, Sheltra sits third in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings, just 70 markers out of the top spot.

Sheltra's NASCAR Nationwide Series Stats: In his previous four NASCAR Nationwide Series races, Sheltra posted a career-best finish of 24th at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November 2008 in a joint effort with his family owned Sheltra Motorsports and Jay Robinson Racing.

The Talladega Report: The 23-year old Sheltra has three career starts at the 2.66-mile superspeedway in the ARCA Racing Series including a fifth place performance in 2008.

Double-Duty in Dega: Sheltra will compete in Friday's Talladega ARCA 250, setting himself up for a double-header weekend. Sheltra will drive the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger for his family-owned operation. He has three previous starts in the ARCA Racing Series at Talladega (set to make fourth start Friday afternoon) which includes a fifth place run in October of 2008.

Did You Know: For the first time in his career, Sheltra will pilot a Ford Fusion in Saturday's Aarons 312. During his ARCA and NASCAR tenure, Sheltra has been behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger and Toyota Camry.

Points Check: Following a 31st-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, the No. 09 entry drops two positions to 23rd, 24 markers outside the top-20.

Patrick Sheltra:

You are pulling double-duty this weekend at Talladega, do you feel like the extra laps in your ARCA car will carry over to the Nationwide car this weekend? "Absolutely. Any time you can get laps in a racecar it is beneficial. I think the biggest thing I will learn this weekend is drafting with some of the best drivers in the business. I am hoping I am able to learn something in practice and utilize it in the ARCA race. The Nationwide cars don't have as much horsepower as the ARCA cars have but at a place like Talladega, the strategy changes a little bit. The goal for me this weekend though is to complete all 550 miles."

What is the key to getting around Talladega? "Talladega is so smooth, but you need to have a car that handles well by itself and in the draft. Having a car that is drivable not to mention a good motor will allow you to move around in the draft and come from the back to the front and so forth. However, having friends may be just as important. Hopefully, I'll have some drafting partners on Saturday that will keep our RAB Racing Ford near the front."

-source: rab

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brack Maggard , Patrick Sheltra , Robby Benton