Patrick Sheltra Ready To Invade Rockingham Speedway "Fourth In Points; Sheltra Charging To The Front" ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (May 1, 2008) - - After a strong start to the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, sophomore driver Patrick Sheltra looks...
Patrick Sheltra Ready To Invade Rockingham Speedway
"Fourth In Points; Sheltra Charging To The Front"
ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (May 1, 2008) - - After a strong start to the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, sophomore driver Patrick Sheltra looks to keep the momentum rolling as the series returns to Rockingham Speedway often nicknamed "The Rock" for the first time in nearly 35 years for the running of Sunday's Carolina 500K.
The first four races of the year have yielded a finish no worse of 15th and two consecutive top-10 finishes at Iowa Speedway and Kansas Speedway respectively. With a nice turn around from the team's inaugural year of competition last year, the Whitesville, Kentucky based operation is ready to step it up another notch and invade victory lane Sunday afternoon.
"I'm ready for The Rock," said Sheltra, who netted his seventh career top-10 finish last Friday at Kansas Speedway. "This race is probably one of the biggest of the year and we've taken the measures to prepare for it. Every second of track time will be crucial and we're banking on the momentum that we've had this season to roll over this weekend."
Testing has obviously played into the hands of the Sheltra Motorsports team this season and they are hoping it will again pay off in the fifth race of the 2008 season.
"We participated in the two-day test in March and it went solid," added Sheltra. "We played with a lot of different combinations and I know what we learned at the test not to mention what we've learned as a team this season will help keep this team alive in Sunday's event."
With 312 laps scheduled for the Carolina 500K event, Sheltra knows that patience is critical this weekend at Rockingham Speedway, probably more than any other event on the season's calendar.
"You can't expect to win this race in 100 laps," Sheltra sounded. "I have to keep it in my head that this is a long race, extremely long race. We just have to keep the tires on our car, stay out of the wrecks and be around for the final fifty laps. If we can accomplish those goals, we're going to be in great shape."
Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring back the same piece the team tested with in March. The No. 60 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS is an in-house automobile built by members of the Sheltra Motorsports clan. Chassis number 4145 will serve as the team's back-up automobile. Sheltra ran that former ppc Racing entry at Springfield (Illinois State Fairgrounds), DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and Berlin Raceway last year.
"I'm confident in the car's capabilities this weekend," remarked Sheltra. "The team has been working hard on this piece since the test in March and I think the adjustments they've made will make us a contender in Sunday's race."
With a lot on the line this weekend at Rockingham, Sheltra is keeping his composure and the long-term goal in check. "We're here to win a championship," Sheltra responded. "In the four races this year, we've run in the top-10 and finished in the top-15. There's absolutely no reason we can't do the same this weekend. Sitting fourth in points is huge for our team, huge. We can't afford to have a mistake that has the potential of sinking our early season success."
Sheltra added, "We want to conquer The Rock. Not the other way around."
As an added bonus this weekend, Sheltra will be featured in the inaugural Carolina 500K race program.