Patrick Sheltra Amped For Berlin; Boatwerks Waterfront Returns With Team "NASCAR Veteran Ted Musgrave Joins Team As Driver Coach" MARNE, Michigan (July 23, 2009) - - On the heels of his fifth top-10 finish of the season last Saturday night at...
Patrick Sheltra Amped For Berlin; Boatwerks Waterfront Returns With Team
"NASCAR Veteran Ted Musgrave Joins Team As Driver Coach"
MARNE, Michigan (July 23, 2009) - - On the heels of his fifth top-10 finish of the season last Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, Patrick Sheltra heads to Berlin (Mi.) Raceway amped up with a new attitude and a familiar marketing partner back on board for the Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac.
Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant will return as a marketing partner covering the quarter panels on the No. 60 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in Sheltra's third career start at the .4-mile short track. Buffalo Wings & Rings, the team's primary marketing partner will remain on the hood and television panel for their first tango with the legendary short track.
"We're heading to Berlin with some steam," said Sheltra. "We had a solid run last weekend at Kentucky and now we have Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant back on-board for their second year in a row at Berlin, so I'm pretty ecstatic."
While Sheltra is a fan of the unique Berlin Raceway, the Whitesville, Kentucky team is looking for a rebound at the track this weekend. After notching his first career ARCA RE/MAX Series top-five finish at Berlin 2007, Sheltra qualified in the top-10 last year before succumbing to overheating issues 50 laps into last year's event.
This year, Sheltra returns to Berlin looking to make up for last year and take his team back to victory lane for the second time this season.
"We had a rare parts failure last year which took us out of the hunt," recalled Sheltra. "We haven't had that same problem since but I feel I still have some unfinished business there. Hopefully, we can take care of it this weekend."
With his fourth top-10 at Kentucky Speedway in six races, Sheltra maintains eighth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship standings but inches closer to returning to the top-five. Sheltra sees Berlin Raceway as an event where points can be gained but easily lost too.
"Using your head is a big priority this weekend," said Sheltra. "It's a tight place. Pit road is extremely tight. You can beat and bang around a little but if you don't have the car in good shape and if you're not handling well, you won't be finishing in the top-10. We need to build on last weekend's finish and keep the momentum on our side."
Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to use Sheltra Motorsports Chassis No. 4 this weekend at Berlin Raceway. This is the same piece the team raced to a fourth place finish at Berlin 2007. The former Robert Yates Racing (RYR) piece has three top-10 finishes with two straight top-10 finishes on the dirt two years ago. The Ford Fusion turned Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS has finished inside the top-20 in all but one of its seven previous events. Chassis number 5 will serve as the team's back-up automobile. That former Joe Gibbs Racing entry is the same automobile that Sheltra rocketed to his first victory at Salem Speedway in April.
For just the second time this season, the team will utilize a Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS as it's primary manufacturer of choice.
In other team news, Sheltra Motorsports announced this week that NASCAR veteran Ted Musgrave will join the veteran ARCA team at Berlin Raceway acting as a driver coach for the dirt late model ace. Musgrave, a native of Franklin, Wisconsin has over 18 years of experience combined between the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Before Sheltra turns his concentration over to the 12th event on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Sheltra will sign autographs at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant on Friday, July 24th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant is located at 216 VanRaalte Avenue in Holland, Michigan. For additional information, please call 616.396.0600.