Ponoco II: Patrick Sheltra preview

Patrick Sheltra Looks For Another Podium Finish At Pocono Raceway "Mr. Showtime Looking For First Speedway Win In Pocono Mountains" LONG POND, Pennsylvania (July 29, 2009) - - After recording a personal-best third place finish at Pocono...

Patrick Sheltra Looks For Another Podium Finish At Pocono Raceway

"Mr. Showtime Looking For First Speedway Win In Pocono Mountains"

LONG POND, Pennsylvania (July 29, 2009) - - After recording a personal-best third place finish at Pocono Raceway in June, ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran driver Patrick Sheltra returns to the 2.5-mile triangle looking for his second consecutive podium finish in Saturday's Pennsylvania ARCA 200.

While finishing on the podium can rejuvenate any driver's confidence and uplift the spirits of the team members, Sheltra hopes to climb the podium and grab his first career speedway win in his seventh career start at the Long Pond speedplant.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Pocono Raceway this weekend," said Sheltra. "We had such an awesome run in June that I am hoping we can back up the performance with a similar run if not a win on Saturday afternoon."

A rule change by ARCA RE/MAX Series officials in June had proposed the Sheltra Motorsports team to rethink their setup for the ARCA Pocono 200. ARCA officials ruled that teams would no longer be able to shift as the cars thunder down the straightway forcing the veteran team to strategize their car control and gear selection for the event. As far as Sheltra is concerned, the team coped with the change in stride.

Said Sheltra, "To be honest, we weren't really sure what to expect on the rule change but we conquered it with passing colors. We're going back with a very similar setup this weekend, so it should be another stellar weekend for the Buffalo Wings & Rings Racing team."

He added, "We didn't have an opportunity to qualify at Pocono in June because of weather, so I'm looking to see how we do this weekend. I've only had one top-10 starting spot before June and I really think we can put ourselves in the hunt for a top-five qualifying run on Friday afternoon."

In April, Sheltra Motorsports hosted Scott Herman of this past season's MTV's Real World: Brooklyn at Talladega Superspeedway. Herman enjoyed himself so much that he has opted for another trip down memory lane with Sheltra Motorsports this weekend at Pocono. For Herman, the race is a little is closer to his current residence of New York City.

erman is a native of Salem, New Hampshire and is a personal trainer, model and actor. He recently received the designation of having the "best abs on the East Coast", and has been featured in Men's Health magazine several times.

"Scott was a blast to hang out with in April and I'm glad that he is coming back for a second round this weekend," added Sheltra. "We were running really good until we blew up at Talladega, so hopefully we give him the complete package or maybe even take him to victory lane."

2005 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ted Musgrave will continue his role as driver coach for the Indiantown, Florida native this weekend. In 20 starts at Pocono, Musgrave has five top-five finishes and six top-10 efforts including a second place finish in 1995 driving for Roush Fenway Racing. Musgrave and Sheltra utilized Berlin Raceway last weekend to get acquainted.

"I think having Ted on our side is really going to pay off," offered Sheltra, the 23-year old driver phenom. "He has been up front and honest with everything from myself to our team and everything in between. His experience and success at Pocono should be an asset to us this weekend."

Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra chassis number 11 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. The primary machine will be the same Dodge that Sheltra competed with at Pocono Raceway in June. Additionally, the team wheeled this automobile in the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway earlier this month. The former Penske Racing automobile will be run for just the fifth time in Sheltra's ARCA career. Chassis number 16 will serve as the team's back-up automobile. That former Richard Childress Racing entry is a new addition to the team's fleet. The Whitesville, Kentucky based team tested this Dodge Charger at Michigan International Speedway in May.

-credit: PatrickSheltra.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ted Musgrave , John Hayden , Patrick Sheltra
Teams Team Penske , Roush Fenway Racing