Berlin: Patrick Sheltra pre-event notes

Patrick Sheltra Amped For Berlin Raceway Challenge "With Boatwerks Waterfront Back On Board; Sheltra Hopes To Float To Victory" MARNE, Michigan (August 5, 2010) - - Returning to the site of his very first ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX...

Patrick Sheltra Amped For Berlin Raceway Challenge
"With Boatwerks Waterfront Back On Board; Sheltra Hopes To Float To Victory"

MARNE, Michigan (August 5, 2010) - - Returning to the site of his very first ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards top-five finish at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway in 2007, Patrick Sheltra returns to the shortest track on the tour vying not only another top-five performance but a win in Saturday night's Berlin ARCA 200.

After overcoming several obstacles and conquering his ninth top-10 finish in 11 races this season last Saturday afternoon at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, the Indiantown, Florida native treks to the upper western roots of Michigan hoping to award his Jon Wolfe-led team with a flawless performance in his fourth trip to Berlin (Mich.) Raceway.

"I have very fond memories of Berlin," said Sheltra. "It's a great little race track that presents some unique challenges. We're super excited to have Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant back on-board this weekend and hope that their faith in our race team will yield a great finish."

The 24-year old Sheltra continued, "Berlin is tricky. It doesn't have a backstretch wall and it's extremely flat, so the setup can be a challenge but I know that Jon (Wolfe, crew chief) is confident about how the car will respond on Saturday, so it will be my job to get up on the wheel and win the race!"

Just past the halfway mark in the 2010 ARCA Racing Series season, Sheltra is pleased with the performance of his race team but he admits the team is ready to win, more than ready. "We've have a superb race team," Sheltra sounded. "The guys give over 100 percent every single day. They are capable of winning and ready to win. We've been in contention all year but for whatever reasons we just haven't been able to seal the deal. I'm hoping we can complete another task on our checklist Saturday night."

Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant joins the Mooresville, North Carolina-based operation as the primary marketing partner for the fifth short track event of the season.

"I cannot tell you what it means to us to have this awesome relationship continue with Boatwerks for this weekend," said Sheltra, who enters the 12th race of the season fifth in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings. There commitment and loyalty to this team at Berlin represents their willingness to promote our team and ARCA in their backyard. I hope we can make them proud!"

Before the veteran ARCA teams turns their full-attention to the .4-mile paved oval on Saturday, the team will participate in a open-test session on Friday for two hours broken up into two one-hour sessions. The ARCA Racing Series will share the track with the other local divisions competing at the legendary race course.

"This is something (testing) that we've never been able to do before, but we could not turn down the opportunity to dial in our No. 60 Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant / Speed Media Dodge Charger," Sheltra explained. "Track time is so crucial, especially with practice being so short on Saturday afternoon. This could just be the missing piece that finally puts us in the winner's circle."

Sitting 130 markers behind close friend and racing colleague Justin Marks, Sheltra is focused on reeling in the points he needs, to put his Sheltra Motorsports operation back in the title chase. "Every point counts and strategy will be crucial. We're prepared though and we'll be ready to gnaw away at our deficit the rest of the year," Sheltra concluded.

-source: sheltra motorsports

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