ARCA RE/MAX Series Race No. 18, Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advance Auto Parts Fast Facts, Salem Speedway, Salem, Indiana
Race Information: Event: Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advance Auto Parts, Saturday, September 13 at 7:15 p.m. Local Time Track: Salem Speedway
Qualifying: Saturday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. Local Time; Track Length: .555 mile paved.
Chicagoland Speedway Recap: It appeared that Sheltra Motorsports had their eighth top-10 finish in the books last Saturday afternoon at the Chicagoland Speedway. After rebounding from a tough practice, sophomore driver Patrick Sheltra climbed steadily into the top-10 in the early stages of the Chicagoland ARCA 200. A flawless pit stop put the team third on the board but a loose condition would slide the Indiantown, Florida native back before being forced to enter the garage on lap 78 with engine failure. The team was credited with a 31st place finish.
It’s Not Bristol, It’s Not Darlington; It’s Salem!: Holding the characteristics of both Darlington Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, Salem Speedway has not only become a fan favorite but a driver favorite on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour. For the 22-year old Sheltra, he aims to make his fourth start at the half-mile bullring and hoping to better his personal best finish of 11th which came this past Spring.
Thanks For The New Do; J&S: The 18th ARCA RE/MAX Series event of the season puts a familiar marketing partner in the prime spotlight at Salem Speedway this weekend. J&S Bulk Transport Co., Inc. who’s enjoyed a two-year stint with Sheltra Motorsports will step into the primary marketing role for Saturday night’s thriller. Launched in 1985, J&S Bulk Transport Co., Inc. was established as a contract carrier of bulk commodities in dump trailers. Over the past 23 years, J&S Bulk Transport Co., Inc. has provided unprecedented service to more than a 1,000 customers throughout the United States. Based in Southern Indiana in the small town along the Ohio River, Rockport, Indiana serves at the company’s corporate office with 24,000 square foot maintenance facility.
In The Spotlight: For the final short track race run under the lights this season, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants will sport their logos on the quarter panels of the team’s No. 60 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. Also based in Indiana, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants is enjoying their first full season as a marketing partner of Sheltra Motorsports. For almost 50 years Klotz Synthetic Lubricants have focused on meeting the needs of racers, performance enthusiasts and consumers; the people who strive for the absolute best in performance. No matter which sport is your passion Klotz Synthetic Lubricants make the best products available. Klotz sets the standard in Synthetic Lubricants.
The Cattle Showdown: Off the track Saturday, Sheltra will engage himself in a cattle showdown with fellow driver Justin Lofton. Proceeds of the cattle samplings will benefit Focus Motorsports Ministries and ARCA Chaplin Bill Krick. Sheltra Cattle Company has prepared Brisket compared to Lofton Cattle’s Carne Asada. Sampling will begin at 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
What’s Up For The Off Week?: There is no such thing as an off-week in Motorsports competition and Sheltra Motorsports continues that trend as the Whitesville, Kentucky team will preparing for a two-day test at Talladega Superspeedway on September 17 and 18th. The team will then return home and focus on their road course machine which is scheduled to test at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Tuesday, September 23 before competing in action on Sunday, September 28th in the Loud Energy Drink 150.
Impressive Stat: With 17 races complete in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Sheltra Motorsports has fielded a car for Patrick Sheltra that has run in the top-10 for all 17 events thus far this season. The team has amassed two top-fives with a runner-up at Toledo Speedway and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds while holding five additional top-10 finishes. The team’s season best qualifying effort came at Kansas Speedway where Sheltra awarded himself with a career best run of eighth. Sheltra recorded his career best short track qualifying run of eighth at Berlin Raceway in July. The team has led two races at Kansas Speedway and Cayuga Motor Speedway for a total of 15 laps.
Watcha Haulin?: Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra Motorsports chassis number 4 to Salem Speedway this weekend. The team has yet to run this model in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition this year but the piece is responsible for three top-six finishes in 2007 at Berlin Raceway, the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Chassis number 7 will serve as the team’s backup automobile. This is the same automobile the team scored a runner-up finish at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds earlier this month. It is also the same automobile the team participated with the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17th. This piece also has track time at USA International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Gateway International Raceway and The Milwaukee Mile last year. The team converted the former Dale Earnhardt, Inc. automobile to a Dodge Charger during the off-season.
Point Standings: After round 17 on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Patrick Sheltra sits ninth in the championship standings accumulating 3,310 points. Sheltra is 550 markers from moving into the fifth position currently held by RE/MAX Series veteran Justin Allgaier. 75 points keep Sheltra from moving into the sixth position. 815 credits separate Sheltra from the points lead held by SunTrust Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Scott Speed.
Sheltra Motorsports, Salem Speedway Pre-Race Quotes:
Patrick Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 J&S Bulk Transport Co., Inc. Chevrolet:
On Chicagoland: “The race did not go as planned. We were able to find some speed from practice in qualifying and I thought we would have an easy top-10 finish in the race but we got snagged again on a mechanical failure. I sure wish we could have given Dodge a victory in our final race with them this year, but we’ll try it again next year.”
On Salem: “It’s Salem time. This place is a lot of fun to race if you have a good car. We had a car capable of winning the race here in the spring and got taken out. We don’t look for that to happen on Saturday night, instead we hope to have everyone chasing us for the win under the Indiana lights.”
On J&S Bulk Transport Co.,: “J&S has done a lot for this team, so it’s really important for me to give them a good run in their special paint scheme Saturday night. This is a big race for them, so hopefully together we can celebrate in victory lane.”
On The Upcoming Talladega Test: “Feeling really good about Talladega. We had a strong speedway car at Daytona and it’s buffed out and ready to go for Talladega next week. You never know what you can expect in restrictor plate racing but we definitely plan on being a factor.”
Sheltra Motorsports, Salem Speedway Pre-Race Quotes:
Grace Sheltra, owner of the No. 60 J&S Bulk Transport Co., Inc. Chevrolet:
On Salem: “We’re excited about Salem Speedway this weekend. The more Patrick runs their the better he gets. The boys at the shop continue to give Patrick fast and competitive racecars and we expect the same Saturday night at Salem. It’s the final night race of the year, so it definitely should be exciting.”
On The Cattle Showdown: “What a neat idea! This is a excellent opportunity for members of the ARCA community to unite and help out Focus Motorsports Ministries while voting to see who has the best cattle in the ARCA garage. We hope to leave Salem victorious in more ways than one.”
Patrick Sheltra, Salem Speedway Prior ARCA Performance Record:
Date Event Start Finish Laps Status
04/07 Kentuckiana Ford 200 14 11 200/200 Running
09/07 Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 21 14 197/200 Running
04/08 Kentuckiana Ford 200 20 11 200/204 Running
The Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advance Auto Parts (110 miles/200 laps) is the 18th of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The second ARCA race of the season at Salem Speedway is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday September 13 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:05 p.m.- 2:35 p.m. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 7:15 p.m. The event will be tape-delayed on MavTV (Friday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m.) but additional race coverage including live timing and scoring and radio courtesy of the ARCA Radio Network will be available online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
Driver/Team: Patrick Sheltra on the web: PatrickSheltra.com
Sanction: ARCA RE/MAX Series: ARCARacing.com
About Sheltra Motorsports:
Sheltra Motorsports (sheltramotorsports.com) is a three-tier Motorsports operation consisting of dirt and asphalt competition. Patrick Sheltra, a 22-year old native of Indiantown, Florida competes in the UMP and WoO (Dirt) Series; while also running a full schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series (No. 60) and a limited schedule in NASCAR. Sheltra Motorsports ownership is combined of Richard, Grace and Patrick Sheltra. The team is headquartered in Indiantown, Florida with additional operations in Richmond, Indiana and Whitesville, Kentucky.