Toledo II: Patrick Sheltra qualifying report

Rain Puts Patrick Sheltra On Front Row At Toledo Speedway "Team's Season Of Hard Work And Endless Efforts Allows Sheltra To Be Credited As Pole Sitter" TOLEDO, Ohio (September 11, 2010) - - For the first time in his ARCA Racing Series (ARS)...

Rain Puts Patrick Sheltra On Front Row At Toledo Speedway

"Team's Season Of Hard Work And Endless Efforts Allows

Sheltra To Be Credited As Pole Sitter"

TOLEDO, Ohio (September 11, 2010) - - For the first time in his ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards career, Patrick Sheltra will lead the field to the green flag in tomorrow's Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200 after Mother Nature washed out Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell.

[IMAGE]Sheltra, driving the No. 60 PatrickSheltra.com / Ferguson Pipe Dodge Charger for Sheltra Motorsports will be credited as the pole sitter for the 1,310 race held for the 57-year tour as he currently sits atop of the ARCA Racing Series championship owners standings tied with fellow Cunningham Motorsports owner Briggs Cunningham and their pilot Tom Hessert.

However, with the 24-year old's back-to-back wins at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield) and Chicagoland Speedway compared to Hessert's lone win at Iowa Speedway allows the Indiantown, Florida native to win the tie-breaker as to being crowned the number one starter of the 17th race of the season.

Earlier Saturday, Sheltra and the rest of the ARCA Racing Series teams participated in a rain-shortened practice session with the No. 60 Dodge Charger mounting the 12th fastest time overall. Despite the lack of practice, the team led by veteran crew chief Jon Wolfe is confident about the ability to attract their third win of the season Sunday.

"Starting at the front definitely helps us out in a lot of ways," said Sheltra, who will start on the front-row for the second time in his ARCA career tomorrow. "We were improving the car tremendously in practice. We made a series of adjustments and were on our way back out to the track when the rain began to fall and unfortunately Mother Nature decided to stick around for the rest of the day. The car is good. We are a lot better this weekend than we were in May. Our goal tomorrow though will be to lead the first lap and gain five bonus points in the championship race. From there it will be keeping our nose clean and our No. 60 up front and hopefully win our third race of the year!"

Overall, Toledo Speedway has been a decent track for the fan-favorite Sheltra. In his prior seven starts, Sheltra has thundered to two top-fives and four top-10 finishes including dueling with friend Matt Carter in 2008 for their shot at their first career ARCA victory. Sheltra would come up short, just by a nose.

In the bid to being called the 2010 ARCA Racing Series champion, Sheltra and Hessert are tied for first with Craig Goess Jr., just five markers behind in third. Nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel is 50 points in the arrears in fourth with Mikey Kile trailing by 140 credits in fifth.

Before turning his attention to the 1,310 race held for the 57-year tour, Sheltra will be a guest on Inside ARCA beginning at 11:30 a.m. live on ARCARacing.com. He will also sign autographs for the race fans on Sunday, September 12th from 12:00 p.m. -- 1:15 p.m. along the Toledo Speedway frontstretch

-source: sheltra motorsports

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Patrick Sheltra , Mikey Kile , Craig Goess