Patrick "Mr. Showtime" Sheltra Prepared To Battle In Menards 200 "Florida Native Not Concerned By Deep Start; Focused On Winning War" TOLEDO, Ohio (May 22, 2010) - - Despite qualifying 18th for Sunday's Menards 200 presented by Federated Car...
Patrick "Mr. Showtime" Sheltra Prepared To Battle In Menards 200
"Florida Native Not Concerned By Deep Start; Focused On Winning War"
TOLEDO, Ohio (May 22, 2010) - - Despite qualifying 18th for Sunday's Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at the Toledo (Oh.) Speedway, Indiantown, Florida native Patrick Sheltra is confident in the ability of his No. 60 Recycling Services-Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger that will propel the Sheltra Motorsports team to their sixth top-10 finish of the year in as many starts.
During the short hour and a half practice on Saturday afternoon, Sheltra and crew chief Jon Wolfe focused on the handling of the Grace Sheltra owned automobile. With the rising talent reporting a twitchy loose condition, the team made several adjustments which immensely improved the performance of the team's Chrysler nameplate. -- Still struggling with the rotation of his automobile from the center of the corner the team made additional changes with Sheltra reporting the changes were definitely a step in the right direction.
Sheltra though finished the lone practice session in the 18th position maneuvering around the half-mile oval in 16.930 seconds at 106.320 miles per hour. Preparing to make his seventh start at the ARCA owned facility, Sheltra turned 59 laps during the caution-free session.
Unable to put new Hoosier rubber on their machine before the conclusion of practice, the team would prepare their pilot for qualifications with a full tank of Sunoco Racing fuel, a few more minor tweaks on their chassis and four brand new sticker tires.
In Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell, Sheltra was the 25th car to make a qualifying attempt. Sheltra laid down a time of 16.774 seconds in his first lap and picked up the pace even more on his second lap by posting a run of 16.629 seconds at 108.245 miles per hour, ironically landing the team 18th on the starting grid.
Even though Sheltra picked a little over three-tenths of a second, he will still be forced to start the sixth race of the season marred mid-pack also known as the "Eye of the storm" in the 32-car starting field.
"Our No. 60 Recycling Services-Ferguson Pipe-Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge Charger is pretty good believe it or not," sounded Sheltra. "The guys made some aggressive changes from practice to qualifying and even though we picked it up we still found ourselves 18th. I'll admit, the field here is incredibly tight this weekend, which should put on a good show for the fans. However, for whatever reason, I've never been able to qualify real good here but once the green flag drops for the race -- we're in the mix and in contention for the win. We're looking to prove that once again tomorrow."
Statically speaking, Sheltra was on target with his comment. In his three top-10 finishes at Toledo Speedway, Sheltra has started worse than his 18th place qualifying effort today. Sheltra started 21st in the fall 2007 before finishing eighth. A year later Sheltra qualified even deeper in 24th but muscled his Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to a stout fourth place finish. For Sheltra at least, starting in the back hasn't always been a downside at Toledo.
One of ARCA's most popular drivers added, "We may have lost the battle (in qualifying) but we are not prepared to lose the war (the race). If there's any light with our qualifying run today, Justin (Marks) and Steve (Arpin) were unable to gain any additional bonus points for qualifying inside the top-three, so that's one less thing we'll have to worry about going into the race tomorrow. We're going to have to use patience and race the track and be around in the end when it counts the most."
-source: sheltra motosports