Patrick Sheltra news 2009-06-26

No Relaxing For Patrick Sheltra "No Vacation For Mr. Showtime; Staying Plenty Busy" INDIANTOWN, Florida (June 26, 2009) - - Even with a couple weeks break from ARCA RE/MAX Series competition following last Saturday's Tim Richmond Memorial at ...

No Relaxing For Patrick Sheltra
"No Vacation For Mr. Showtime; Staying Plenty Busy"

INDIANTOWN, Florida (June 26, 2009) - - Even with a couple weeks break from ARCA RE/MAX Series competition following last Saturday's Tim Richmond Memorial at Mansfield, veteran driver Patrick Sheltra is on the move. From working for his family-owned company to making a special appearance for his marketing partner Buffalo Wings & Rings, there has been no rest for Sheltra, who's also making plans to test at Iowa Speedway this Tuesday.

"Mr. Showtime" will head to Newton, Iowa on Monday to prepare for the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test on Tuesday, June 30.

However, before Sheltra packs his bags for Iowa, he'll make a pitstop in Richmond, Indiana for a party at the local Buffalo Wings & Rings restaurant owned by Leonard Ranieri who is responsible for bringing the growing and likeable restaurant chain on-board full-time to the Sheltra Motorsports team.

"I don't mind spending my off weekend with Leonard and his crew," said Sheltra. "I can't wait to get there. He (Leonard) is a great person and the entire team considers him family. He took a chance on us and I think we are making the best of it. He is a smart businessman and a good spokesperson for Buffalo Wings & Rings but more importantly he's a big race fan. I know he's the one responsible for putting this great relationship together. I can't thank him enough."

The event will have the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger show car on display, music, great food, an autograph session and even a raffle to give away two tickets to the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Salem Speedway in September. The event will lift off at 4:00 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 9:00 p.m. local time.

Ranieri's first ARCA RE/MAX Series race was earlier this year at Salem Speedway, where Sheltra, in his first race back since his horrific crash in the Daytona opener, raced his way to his career-first series victory.

Meanwhile, back at the team's shop in Whitesville, Kentucky, the Sheltra Motorsports team is busy preparing a Dodge Charger for the Iowa open test.

The third-year ARCA team originally wasn't planning to attend the open test but with the cancellation of the ARCA event at Cayuga Motor Speedway this weekend, the team adjusted its schedule.

"I'm glad we're testing Iowa," Sheltra added. "We've run good there but not great. We're in a little hole right now with our finishes at Michigan and Mansfield, so we need to get back on track, and what better way to do that with a successful test and an even better race. Hopefully the monkey will be off our back."

As for the 23-year-old's July 4thholiday plans? "I'll be busy. I know that. I'm just hoping to have a lot of fun and spend the time with some great people."

Sheltra has 55 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem Speedway (April 2009). During his ARCA tenure, Sheltra has accumulated nine top-fives and posted 18 top-10 finishes. A third place qualifying effort at Rockingham Speedway (April 2009) is Sheltra's best time trials efforts to date. He has controlled the ARCA field five times for 109 laps.

-credit: PatrickSheltra.com

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