Michigan: Patrick Sheltra preview

Patrick Sheltra Racing For A Win At Michigan; "Mr. Showtime To Debut In No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings TOYOTA Camry" BROOKLYN, Michigan (June 9, 2009) - - It's been a busy week for ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) veteran driver Patrick Sheltra and the ...

Patrick Sheltra Racing For A Win At Michigan; "Mr. Showtime To Debut In No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings TOYOTA Camry"

BROOKLYN, Michigan (June 9, 2009) - - It's been a busy week for ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) veteran driver Patrick Sheltra and the hectic schedule won't slow down as Sheltra heads to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this week looking for his second win of the season in Friday's Racing for Wildlife 200.

Sheltra is anxious for Friday's race after notching a third place finish at Pocono Raceway last Saturday. The run put Sheltra back on the radar screen and boosted the team's confidence leaning into the eighth race of the season.

This race however will be a little different for the Sheltra Motorsports gang. For the first race weekend of the year, the team will unload a TOYOTA Camry as their manufacturer of choice. The team tested this automobile at the open ARCA RE/MAX Series test at MIS last month. The results have the team extremely optimistic for Friday's race.

"We're approaching the race very optimistic this week," said Sheltra. "This is the first time that we will be running a race with a TOYOTA and we're hoping that it will show the same dynamic effect that it has in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this year."

Germain Racing, a part-time competitor in the ARCA RE/MAX Series is guiding the veteran Whitesville, Kentucky based team with their TOYOTA program. Their ARCA crew chief Mike Abner will consult with Sheltra's team and be on hand to hopefully guide the team back to victory lane.

"We really appreciate everything that Germain Racing has done to help speed our TOYOTA program along," continued Sheltra. "We're hoping for a good race for Buffalo Wings & Rings and it sure would be nice to get a speedway win under my belt."

Sheltra has maneuvered himself back into the top-five in the point standings and is hoping to continue his climb back towards the top in the Irish Hills.

"Moving up is always good," Sheltra joked. "I don't know. I've said I wasn't going to worry about points, but I am. I cannot control everything that happens on the track but I'm going to race smart on Friday and look to battle back in the top four and see if we can make some ground up on the leaders."

The 23-year old phenom will make his fourth start at the two-mile oval and Sheltra admits that Michigan is a race that goes by quickly and forces you to be on top of your game.

"MIS is a great place to race. It can get boring sometimes but the place has a lot of room to race and horsepower is definitely key there," offered Sheltra who finished sixth in last year's Racing for Wildlife 200. "Fuel mileage can also come into play, so you have to account for every drop of gas. The race can get real interesting, that's a promise."

-credit: PatrickSheltra.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Patrick Sheltra
Teams Germain Racing