Kentucky: Patrick Sheltra practice notes

Under gorgeous racing conditions, over 40 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) teams participated in the first and only practice session for tonight's Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150. The teams utilized the one hour and forty five minute "test" session to...

Under gorgeous racing conditions, over 40 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) teams participated in the first and only practice session for tonight's Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150. The teams utilized the one hour and forty five minute "test" session to make adjustments and tweak their machines in preparation for this afternoon's ARCA SIM Factory Pole qualifying slated to begin at 3:30pm EST.

The 16th ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Kentucky Speedway is the site of the Sheltra Motorsports return to the Chrysler nameplate. At Kansas Speedway last month, the Whitesville, Kentucky based team rolled out their brand new Dodge Charger with impressive results. After practicing in the top-five for much of the session Patrick Sheltra, the sophomore ARCA driver busted our a career-best qualifying effort (eighth), leading his first career laps and yielding his second top-10 finish of the season.

The team has brought that same piece to Kentucky Speedway this weekend. The team is confident with the similar characteristics that the 1.5-mile speed plant shows with Kansas Speedway; they will be able to back-up their performance in the first night ARCA race of the season tonight.

Kentucky Speedway also holds a sentimental value to Sheltra. In last year's Buckle-Up 150, the Indiantown, Florida native attracted his first career top-10 finish in RE/MAX competition after maneuvering from his 23rd place qualifying effort to finish ninth.

Practice was postponed for 45 minutes with cars tackling the Sparta, Kentucky facility shortly after 11:15am EST.

Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Dodge:

"We went out on older tires to start off the session and we weren't bad. We put on stickers and we became real good. The car will plant itself good around the track; we just need to make a few minor tweaks to seal the deal. It appears to be a little stronger field than Kansas. We had a good lap going on our mock-qualifying run, but we were held up behind a slower car."

Sheltra continued, "Night racing will change the affect of this race. Luckily for us, we know what worked last year and we think that with our Dodge Charger and our motor powered by RC Consultants, we're going to be stout."

"We should be in contention for our first career-win tonight," concluded Sheltra.

-credit: sm

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