Patrick Sheltra Looks To Repeat Berlin Performance "Holland, Michigan Establishment; Boatwerks Waterfront To Adorn No. 60" MARNE, Michigan (July 24, 2008) - - After a couple tough races, Patrick Sheltra returns to Berlin Raceway this weekend...
Patrick Sheltra Looks To Repeat Berlin Performance
"Holland, Michigan Establishment; Boatwerks Waterfront To Adorn No. 60"
MARNE, Michigan (July 24, 2008) - - After a couple tough races, Patrick Sheltra returns to Berlin Raceway this weekend looking to rekindle his early season consistency and be in contention for his first career victory in Saturday night's Berlin ARCA 200.
While Sheltra has been known for his consistency on the dirt track and speedways of ARCA, Sheltra has also added the short tracks to his list and with ARCA returning to the Marne, Michigan racetrack this weekend, he's looking for a repeat performance of his freshman run when Sheltra guided his No. 60 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to a then career best fourth-place finish.
"It's time for Berlin," said Sheltra, who will make his second career start at the .4-mile speedway. "I like Berlin Raceway, don't really know why but it's a track that suits my driving style. We've had some really good runs on short tracks this year and I finally would like to be able to make it all come together and win Saturday night."
Rewinding back to his inaugural season of ARCA competition, Sheltra never laid eyes on Berlin Raceway before last July. He didn't let the inexperience stand in his way. After practicing in the top-10, Sheltra fumbled a little in qualifying but vowed to make it up to his Sheltra Motorsports during the race. Over the course of the 200-lap event Sheltra posted some extremely competitive lap times and found himself moving forward in the running order.
During the final 100 circuits, Sheltra's machine emerged as a front-runner and while Sheltra was a man on a mission, he simply ran out of laps forcing the Indiantown, Florida native to settle for his first top-five finish of his ARCA career. Since Berlin, Sheltra has captured two more top-fives one on the dirt at Springfield and most recently at Toledo Speedway this past May where Sheltra guided his machine to a career-best second.
"I've become to like the short tracks on the ARCA tour," Sheltra admitted. "I don't think that's something I thought I would ever hear myself say, but my guys on the Sheltra Motorsports team have really built me some great racecars and we've been able to maneuver them to the front. We're bringing the same car we competed with at Toledo and led laps at Cayuga Motor Speedway last month, so hopefully another prime run is in the cards."
Before turning his attention towards Berlin Raceway this weekend, Sheltra spent Tuesday testing at Nashville Superspeedway in the No. 60 Dodge Charger. Sheltra Motorsports and the 22-year old driver brought the Chrysler nameplate to the "Music City" for the first time in Sheltra's racing career with the hope that Sheltra can set his own platinum record when the series makes their return to the 1.33-mile concrete speedway next month.
"The test went good," added Sheltra. "We still have some work to do, so the car is off at the body shop getting some more work done and we're hoping to come back much faster than our ninth place run Tuesday."
Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra chassis number 4156 to Berlin Raceway this weekend. This is the same automobile that Sheltra Motorsports competed with at Iowa Speedway (April), Toledo Speedway (May) and most recently at Cayuga Motor Speedway (June) this year. It is also the same piece that Sheltra Motorsports finished seventh with in the season finale at Toledo Speedway last year. Chassis number 4145 will serve as the team's back-up automobile. Sheltra ran that former ppc Racing entry at Springfield (Illinois State Fairgrounds), DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and Berlin Raceway last year.
"Other than Cayuga, this car has finished in the top-10 and that says a lot," remarked Sheltra. The car was plenty capable of finishing in the top-10 there but we had some bad luck. We purchased the car from Richard Childress Racing last year and it has been a good piece. The car has been repaired from the beating and banging from Canada and is ready to take action again Saturday night Berlin style."
Bringing one of their stoutest pieces from their stable this weekend is great news for Sheltra Motorsports marketing partner Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant who has partnered with the Whitesville, Kentucky based ARCA team for the 12th race on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule.
"We are excited about this partnership with Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant," said Sheltra, who will head to Road America in Wisconsin for a road-racing school after Berlin. "Like I said, Berlin Raceway is a track we feel that we can win at. And what a victory it would be not only for our team but for the great people at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant if we're able to pull it off. We're thankful for the opportunity to partner with them and we're looking forward to a strong race."
Dropping to 10th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series standings following his disappointing 31st place finish last Friday night at Kentucky Speedway, Sheltra is putting on his game face and ready to make a serious climb in the point's ladder commencing with Saturday night's thriller.
"I think we're out of the championship, but we can easily finish in the top-five," sounded Sheltra, who sits 230 markers from reappearing in the top-five. "We've had our share of bad luck, so hopefully we can focus on running good and gaining ground. We really have some good tracks coming up for our team and that's where we plan to make a serious dent."
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