What: Celebration of life
for Richard “Pops” Sheltra When: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Time: 5:00 p.m. Where: Holy Cross Catholic Church (15939
SW 150th Street, Indiantown, Florida 34956). Phone: 772.597.2740
Local Florist: Florida Petals of Okeechobee,
863.763.5051. In lieu of flowers, donations can also be
made to the Ryder Trauma Center Burn Unit (1800 Northwest
10th Avenue Miami, FL 33136).
Any further questions, please contact Forest Hill Cemetery:
October 21, 2011
ARCA Racing Series champion Patrick Sheltra will make his
second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
start Saturday afternoon in the sixth annual Coca-Cola 250
Powered By fred’s 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Sheltra, the Indiantown, Florida native practiced
his No. 99 Bucked Up Apparel / PatrickSheltra.com Ford F-150
Friday morning in the 32nd position in the lone-two hour
session of the weekend after mounting a lap of 54.418 seconds
at 175.971 miles per hour. However in qualifying, the 25-year
old nailed the 21st quickest effort by maneuvering his blue
oval around the 2.66-mile speedway in 55.129 seconds or
173.702 miles per hour.
The T3R Racing team led by Motorsports veteran
crew chief Cal Boprey started the day with a strict agenda.
With 40 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams on the ground,
the team would have to beat four other competitors in order
to earn a berth into tomorrow’s race. After some routine
adjustments, Boprey turned the reins to the three-time ARCA
Racing Series winner where he impressed many in the garage
with a solid time trials lap and attractable starting position.
October 19, 2011
his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
for the first time since 2007, last year’s ARCA Racing
Series presented by Menards champion Patrick Sheltra aims
to make a statement in Saturday afternoon’s sixth
annual Coca-Cola 250 Powered By fred’s 250 at Talladega
The 25-year old Sheltra will drive the No.
99 Bucked Up Apparel / PatrickSheltra.com Ford F-150 for
T3R. The Indiantown, Florida native will make just his second
NASCAR appearance of 2011 on Saturday. In February, the
driver nicknamed “Mr. Showtime” competed in
the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season-opener at Daytona
(Fla.) International Speedway.
It’s only fitting for Sheltra, also
considered a dirt ace to return to action on a superspeedway
where the fearless driver has impressed immensely at both
restrictor plate tracks including last April at the 2.66-mile
oval where Sheltra led his first career Nationwide laps
driving for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard. He also finished
second in the Talladega ARCA 250 after pushing fellow truck
competitor Dakoda Armstrong to his first career ARCA Racing
Series win last April en route to the championship.
July 11, 2011
his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start
since capturing the coveted ARCA championship at Rockingham
(N.C.) Speedway last October, Patrick Sheltra recorded a
commendable fourth place finish at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway
in the Hantz Group 200 for Tony Marks Racing (TMR).
Sheltra, the Indiantown, Florida native was
subbing in the No. 12 Mad Croc Energy / Dodge Motorsports
/ VR-12 Dodge Charger for ARCA Rookie of the Year candidate
Maryeve Dufault who was nursing a minor shoulder injury
since being involved in a hard crash in the previous race
at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.
With car owner Tony Marks calling upon the
25-year old to wheel the team’s race car, it wasn’t
a surprise to anyone when the garage area considered the
TMR team a sleeper for the 10th race of the 2011 season.
2010 champion crew chief Jon Wolfe made the trek with Sheltra
up to the .4-mile oval where the duo notched a satisfying
second-place finish the year before.
July 6, 2011
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Patrick
Sheltra will return to competition Saturday night at Berlin
(Mich.) Raceway behind the wheel of the No. 12 Mad Croc
/ Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger for Tony Marks Racing
(TMR) in the Hantz Group 200.
Sheltra, 25 will substitute ARCA Racing Series
Rookie of the Year candidate Maryeve Dufault who is recovering
from a minor shoulder injury sustained at Winchester (Ind.)
Speedway two weeks ago. The 2010 ARCA champ will also evaluate
the team’s ARCA program while also acting as a mentor
and driver mentor for Tony Marks Racing’s primary
driver Dufault and newcomer Jared Marks.
“In the best interest of Maryeve, we
made a joint decision for her to skip Berlin, so she can
fully recover and ready for our next race at Iowa Speedway,”
said car owner Tony Marks. “I’ve talked to Patrick
on multiple occasions throughout the year about possibly
racing with us for a race or two and with the circumstances
we’re faced with, we’re happy to have Patrick
on-board this weekend. We also know that someone of Patrick’s
caliber cannot only make this team stronger but also give
Maryeve and Jared an enormous amount of input and guidance.”
April 11, 2011
When Patrick Sheltra won the 2010 ARCA Racing
Series crown, he realized one of his racing dreams- to become
a champion. On Thursday, April 14, Sheltra will be honored
for that accomplishment as a guest of honor at the 2011
International Motorsports Hall of Fame (IMHOF) Induction
Ceremony held at Talladega Superspeedway's SPEED Channel
Sheltra will be honored along with 2010 Driver
of the Year Jimmie Johnson as the IMHOF welcomes the 2011
class, John Holman, Jan Opperman, Maurice Petty, Brian Redman
and Rex White, to the Hall of Fame. The 2010 ARCA Racing
Series Champion will be presented to guests at the Induction
Ceremony by long-time racing veteran Ken Schrader.
"I want to thank the International Motorsports
Hall of Fame for this great honor," said Sheltra. "It
is such an honor to be here as this group of drivers, mechanics
and team owners, some of the greatest names in motorsports,
are inducted into the Hall of Fame."
March 30, 2011
Sheltra left the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
test session at Talladega Superspeedway exactly where he
ended the 2010 season--on the top. The 2010 ARCA Racing
Series champion lapped the 2.66-mile track in a time of
50.575 seconds (189.343 mph), fastest of the 20 drivers
to take laps around Talladega's high-banks.
While the test was originally planned to be
held both Tuesday and Wednesday, rain forced ARCA officials
to cancel the second day of testing, proving Tuesday's fast
results that much more important for the 2010 championship-winning
team. The Sheltra Motorsports team came to Talladega looking
to get a new superspeedway car prepared for the ARCA Racing
Series 250 on Friday, April 15.
"It's kind of a new era for us because
we have switched our speedway program to Toyota," said
crew chief Jon Wolfe. "The biggest thing was that we
had the opportunity to draft with the new car. It was a
little bit of a learning experience with the Toyota, and
we struggled to find speed a little bit with single car
runs, but we have a good game plane now in place for what
needs to be done to be better. In the draft we were obviously
pretty strong, but we lacked a little bit to be able to
pull up on cars. All in all we were pretty happy with how
the car drafted." [more]
March 3, 2011
is different for Patrick Sheltra in 2011. While the 2010
ARCA Racing Series champion works to continue his career
in the top ranks of NASCAR, he has a new role on his Sheltra
Motorsports team in the ARCA Racing Series- team owner and
While the 24-year-old driver is learning his
new role at Sheltra Motorsports in 2011, there is no question
where Sheltra belongs- behind the wheel of a racecar. Often
described as an "old-school" racer, Sheltra's
talent, aggressiveness, and ability to bring his racecar
to the front of the field has drawn the attention of some
of the top teams in NASCAR.
"I'm not only a driver, I'm a racer,
and throughout my racing career I think I've proven that
I'm going to do what I have to do to get the job done, no
matter what it takes," said Sheltra. "At the end
of the day it's about winning and being consistent, whether
it's the race or the championship, and that's what I'm going
to do." [more]
February 21, 2011
ARCA Racing Series Champion Patrick Sheltra survived a late-race
wreck in the DRIVE4COPD 300 to claim a 24th-place finish
in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season-opener at Daytona
Having to qualify into the field on speed, Sheltra drove
his No. 41 Rick Ware Racing (RWR) Ford around the 2.5-mile
high-banked oval in a time of 50.873 seconds (176.911 mph).
The time was good enough to get Sheltra into the field,
lining up in the 35th position.
When the green flag dropped to signal the start of the
2011 NNS season, Sheltra maintained position for the first
15 laps while struggling with the power in his No. 41 Ford.
The first yellow of the 200-mile event came out on lap 15
for a multi-car wreck, giving the Rick Ware Racing team
an opportunity to adjust on their Ford Mustang.
February 14, 2011
Ware Racing has signed 2010 ARCA Racing Series champion
Patrick Sheltra to pilot the No. 41 Fuel Doctor Ford Mustang
at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Sheltra will hit
the track with his Rick Ware Racing team on Saturday, February
19th for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season-opening
event, the DRIVE4COPD 300.
24, won the 2010 ARCA Racing Series championship on the
strength of two wins, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes
in the 20 race ARCA schedule. The Indiantown, Florida-native
is looking to continue that success in NASCAR's top-three
touring series in 2011 while getting his season off to a
strong start with Rick Ware Racing at DIS.
"I'm very excited for this opportunity with Rick Ware
Racing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Daytona.
This was a last-minute deal that we put together for Daytona,
and I appreciate Rick trusting me with his race car. I like
superspeedways, and I'm looking forward to giving them a
good performance with a solid finish."
December 5, 2010
eight weeks after finishing the 2010 ARCA Racing Series
presented by RE/MAX and Menards season as the series champion,
Patrick Sheltra continues to enjoy every day like it's his
first as the man on top. This evening, Sheltra was able
to share that feeling with his family and his team, as he
and Sheltra Motorsports were officially crowned ARCA champions
at the series' annual Championship Awards Banquet at the
Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
Sheltra, of Indiantown, Fla., was among 17 drivers from
the top 20 in the final point standings to be honored on
stage, and left with more than $140,000 in point fund and
special award earnings, as awarded by the numerous series
partners at the ceremony.
To honor Sheltra's position as the 28th ARCA Racing Series
champion in 58 seasons, ARCA president Ron Drager presented
Sheltra a letter signed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist,
as well as a series championship ring and a leather championship
jacket featuring the series logo. As is the custom, a video
tribute featured photographs from the champion's youth and
ascent to championship status; a special addition to this
season's edition included a special message from Sheltra's
boyhood hero, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.