Patrick Sheltra Pumped About Talladega Debut TALLADEGA, Alabama (October 1, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) Rookie-of-the-Year contender Patrick Sheltra is feeling relaxed and pumped heading into Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 from ...
Patrick Sheltra Pumped About Talladega Debut
TALLADEGA, Alabama (October 1, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) Rookie-of-the-Year contender Patrick Sheltra is feeling relaxed and pumped heading into Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 from Talladega Superspeedway.
Sheltra, the Indiantown, Florida native will make his restrictor plate debut at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday and thanks to the hard work of his Sheltra Motorsports team, good vibes are surrounding the rookie organization about their chances.
"We've been focusing on this race since the start of the season," said Sheltra, who enters the season seventh in the championship standings. "This isn't a race you can prepare for in a couple of weeks, it takes months and months of preparation. I have a good feeling that our hard work will pay its dividends on the track this week."
To further prepare the avid dirt track competitor, the Sheltra Motorsports team joined over 30 ARCA RE/MAX Series teams for the open test at the 2.666-mile speedway last Tuesday with satisfying results.
"We didn't show everything we had," continued Sheltra who notched the 24th quickest time overall in the session. "The guys have made some significant adjustments since the test which should find us some more speed. We had a test motor in the car too, so we'll come back with a little more steam under the hood, which really pays off at a place like Talladega."
He continued, "Testing really helped me as a driver. It's a heck of a place. It's very smooth, I can't believe how smooth the track is but that means great racing. The draft is going to play a huge factor in the race. You have to be in the draft for the race or you're setting yourself up for a long day. We know that we're in the race and while some of our focus will be on qualifying, we also know we have to something we can work with during the race. We played with that in testing and we'll play with it again some in practice. I'm not worried; we're going to be fine."
When asked about having nervousness coming into a race like Talladega, Sheltra made his point well known.
"You can't be nervous at a track like Talladega. You have to keep the car in the throttle and let the car do the work. You have to use your head. It really is a long race so there's plenty of time to come from the back to the front, if we get in that position. If anything, you have to survive Talladega. You can't get caught up in the "big one" and you have to be near the front at the end and that's exactly where we plan to be."
Sitting seventh in the championship standings with just two races remaining, Sheltra knows that a competitive finish walking away from Talladega Superspeedway can help him maintain his position.
"It's a pretty tight battle from sixth to eighth right now," sounded Sheltra. "We have our eyes on sixth but we also have to keep track of Justin (South) who is right behind us in eighth. I have a feeling that the points battle will come down to Toledo and we just have to do everything in our power to make sure we stay in the hunt. Finishing the next two races is essential."