Salem: Patrick Sheltra qualifying report

Patrick Sheltra Delivers Career Best Qualifying Effort At Salem SALEM, Indiana (April 4, 2009) - - In his return to ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) competition since being involved in a vicious incident in the season opener at Daytona International ...

Patrick Sheltra Delivers Career Best Qualifying Effort At Salem

SALEM, Indiana (April 4, 2009) - - In his return to ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) competition since being involved in a vicious incident in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February, Indiantown, Florida native Patrick Sheltra answered his arrival with a career best qualifying effort of fourth Saturday afternoon at Salem Speedway.

Driving the No. 60 Ferguson Pipe-Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger for mother Grace Sheltra, Sheltra posted the 11th fastest time in the only practice session of the weekend by delivering a time of 17.555 seconds at 113.814 miles per hour early Saturday afternoon.

Satisfied with the effort, Sheltra and his team led by crew chief John Hayden were looking for a little more in Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying. Drawing position number one Saturday morning, Sheltra's neon green and camouflage entry was the first to tackle the half-mile bullring for time trials.

Hustling around the track, Sheltra posted a lap of 17.328 seconds at 115.305 miles per hour which held the top spot for nine positions. 29 cars later, Sheltra would be passed by only two more competitors which would secure the 22-year old's first career top-five qualifying effort in 48 ARCA RE/MAX Series attempts.

"The lap was real decent, the car was stable," said Sheltra, who will make his fifth career start at Salem Speedway Sunday afternoon. "I knew when we took our first laps in practice we had a good racecar. Testing last week really paid off for us."

Sheltra's previous best qualifying run at Salem Speedway came in his inaugural debut in 2007 where he qualified 14th.

Gunning for career victory number one, Sheltra is well aware his hard work could payoff Sunday afternoon. "Our car is good enough to win the race. John (Hayden, crew chief) and the boys really worked hard on this Dodge Charger today and we're looking forward to a good show tomorrow."

Sheltra, nicknamed "Mr. Showtime" for his unique and deliverable driving style enters Sunday's event 14th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series points and will realistically start the event in the top-10.

Before Saturday's performance, the avid hunter's career best qualifying run was eighth at Kansas Speedway last April and Berlin Raceway last July.

-credit: PatrickSheltra.com

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