Talladega: Patrick Sheltra preview

Patrick Sheltra; Buffalo Wings & Rings Accelerates Momentum To Talladega TALLADEGA, Alabama (April 20, 2010) - - Fresh off his fourth consecutive top-10 finish in just as many starts in the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and...

Patrick Sheltra; Buffalo Wings & Rings Accelerates Momentum To Talladega

TALLADEGA, Alabama (April 20, 2010) - - Fresh off his fourth consecutive top-10 finish in just as many starts in the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards driver Patrick Sheltra is looking to accelerate his momentum with a win in Friday's Talladega ARCA 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Sheltra, an Indiantown, Florida native has been named as a pre-race favorite for the fifth race of the season and for good reason. In the season opener in February, Sheltra mastered a stout fifth place finish at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Despite not walking away with a win, Sheltra reels in the success he conquered at Daytona and feels that he can improve at Talladega with his second career victory in his 72nd career ARCA start.

"The name Talladega says it all," says Sheltra, who currently sits third in the championship standings, just 70 points from the lead. "For the past couple years, we have shown that Sheltra Motorsports has a successful superspeedway program and we look to continue that presence on Friday."

Armed with the same No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger that the 23-year old competed with at Daytona, Sheltra knows that a car good is one of the keys to superspeedway dominance.

"This has been a good car for us," sounded Sheltra. "We raced it here at Talladega last year before we had motor issues. We picked up the pieces and went to Daytona this year and were extremely fast. We feel that we're going to be in the same position if not a little better than we were in Daytona when the race rolls around. I'm just pumped."

He added, "Jon (Wolfe, crew chief) and the boys have been working extremely hard since the Talladega test last month to make this car even better than it was in Daytona, so their enthusiasm has me looking forward to hopefully leading the pack on Friday."

"Our goal is to take Buffalo Wings & Rings to victory lane on Friday at Talladega," said Sheltra, whose best finish at Talladega is a fifth in 2008. "It's one of their favorite tracks. BWR and their customers love the intensity, the close racing and the excitement the ARCA Racing Series brings to the track. I don't plan to disappoint them."

In addition to the ARCA Racing Series event on Friday, Sheltra will also make his fifth career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut on Saturday (April 24) behind the wheel of the No. 09 Ford Fusion for RAB Racing and former ARCA car owner and driver Robby Benton. Sheltra has never competed in a NASCAR sanctioned event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

"I've always had the utmost respect for Robby Benton and his organization in the NASCAR Nationwide Series," sounded Sheltra. "I'm honored and humbled at the opportunity to drive for the team at Talladega. Our expectations are high, but there is no doubt that with a little luck we can accomplish our mission."

Entering Talladega, Sheltra has 71 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem Speedway (April 2009). During his ARCA tenure, Sheltra has accumulated 12 top-fives and posted 26 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 six times for 148 laps.

-source: sheltra motorsports

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Series ARCA , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Patrick Sheltra , Robby Benton