ARCA Points Leader Patrick Sheltra Sixth In First Practice At Iowa NEWTON, Iowa (July 10, 2010) - - Current ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards points leader Patrick Sheltra knocked off the sixth fastest time in his No. 60...
ARCA Points Leader Patrick Sheltra Sixth In First Practice At Iowa
NEWTON, Iowa (July 10, 2010) - - Current ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards points leader Patrick Sheltra knocked off the sixth fastest time in his No. 60 Recycling Services / Ferguson Pipe Toyota Camry Saturday morning in preparation for tonight's Prairie Meadows 200 presented by SPEED on Mediacom at Iowa Speedway.
Sheltra enters the ninth race of the 2010 season on the heels of eight consecutive top-10 finishes in a row including his fifth top-five finish of the year with a third place result in the most recent ARCA event at Michigan International Speedway on June 11.
Set to make his fourth career start at the .875-mile Rusty Wallace designed oval, Sheltra is happy with the way his day has started out.
"This No. 60 Recycling Services / Ferguson Pipe Toyota is a dream to drive," offered Sheltra, whose retained the top spot in the championship chase for the third consecutive contest entering tonight's festivities. "We decided not to come out and test here but felt like we had a setup that would point us in the right direction once we unloaded. Needless to say, we are extremely pleased with the way that car is performing. We need to make some very minor tweaks to really dial our Toyota Camry in, but I'm stoked about the race tonight."
Saturday morning marked the first time that Sheltra has ever landed inside the top-10 during a practice session at Iowa Speedway. Previously, Sheltra posted a 16th place effort in 2008 in the No. 60 Sheltra Motorsports Dodge Charger.
"We didn't make any qualifying runs or anything, so I don't think we've flexed our strongest performance yet," sounded Sheltra. "Jon (Wolfe, crew chief) and all the guys on the Sheltra Motorsports team really worked hard to give me a good car, no matter what the circumstance. I think it's a top-three car for sure tonight.
The 24-year old ran 49 laps during the hour and thirty five minute session posting his fastest lap of 24.343 seconds at 129.401 miles per hour, .523 seconds behind session leader Joey Coulter.
In addition to fighting for an impressive ninth consecutive top-10 finish in a row, Sheltra will utilize tonight's event to also pay tribute to Matt Hawkins. The Indiantown, Florida native has placed an "In Memory of Matt Hawkins" decal on the b-post section of his Sheltra Motorsports machine in remembrance for Hawkins, a former Iowa ARCA winner and racing competitor. Hawkins, the 2008 winner at Newton, Iowa facility lost his life in a tragic accidental gun-discharge in February 2009. Thanks to long-time decal supplier, DMC Graphics of Philpot, Kentucky, the Sheltra Motorsports brigade has made the decal available for tonight's competitors, ARCA officials and track personnel.
"Matt's with us all today," Sheltra spoke. "It's pretty cool to see the entire field have that decal on their car for tonight's race. Hopefully we'll have a safe clean race and Matt can help guide us to victory lane!"
Sheltra drew the 34th of 40 positions for Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying slated for this evening (5:15 p.m. local).
-source: sheltra motorsports