Patrick Sheltra clinched the 2010 ARCA Re/Max Series Championship at the final race of the schedule at Rockingham Speedway about a month ago.
Along with the championship, Sheltra has picked up other numerous awards from series sponsors.
R.E. Lightning Challenge Award
The R.E. Lightning Challenge Award goes to the driver who earns the most points during the year from their race finishes only (no qualifying or lap leader points counted), provided they carry a Racing Electronics decal on their car.
Sheltra’s points total at the end of the year was 3,410 points after 12 top-five finishes, 17 top-10s in 20 starts.
To go with the awards’ name, Sheltra chose his top “lightning” moments of the year, highlighting the two races in August where he left his mark and proved he was championship worthy.
"At Chicagoland Speedway, we were fast in practice, qualified on the outside pole, led early, checked out on the field, then led the most laps and took the Sheltra Motorsports team to victory lane,” Sheltra told the ARCA Racing Network. “That was a moment we were truly proud of.
“Not far behind Chicagoland, though, is the lightning restart we had at the Illinois State Fairgrounds where we left the competition in the dust on a late-race restart, which propelled our family-owned team to our first stock car win on the dirt. Those are two of our brightest moments in 2010.”
Craig Goess finished second with 3340 points, followed by Dakoda Armstrong (3185), Justin Marks (3125) and Frank Kimmel (3055).
Racing Electronics has been supplying race teams with communication products and accessories for over 20 years in all different forms of racing.
"Racing Electronics is very crucial to the ARCA Racing Series,” Sheltra said. “I have lost count how many times they have come to our aid to assist our Sheltra Motorsports team. Corey (LaCosta) and Casey (Traxler) always went out of their way to make sure that not only were we taken care of, but everyone else too.
"Without a doubt, I believe that Racing Electronics offers some of the best products available in motorsports and a respectable price, too. This champion doesn't plan to use anyone but Racing Electronics in my racing career."
Fast Track High Performance Driving School Award
The Fast Track High Performance Driving School Award goes to the driver who earns the most points during the year from their race finishes only (no qualifying or lap leader points counted), provided they carry a Racing Electronics decal on their car.
As per the previous award, Sheltra’s points total at the end of the year was 3410 points after 12 top-five finishes, 17 top-10s in 20 starts.
"Obviously, this is the first year that I've won this award, so it's a real honor,” Sheltra said. “This award is tabulated based upon our overall performance over the year; hence the word "performance" in the award.
"I've had a chance to really look into our finishes this year and I was really impressed overall with how competitive the Sheltra Motorsports team really was this season. We were strong on the superspeedways, short tracks, dirt tracks, intermediate tracks and even the road courses.
"We had three finishes outside the top-10 at Iowa, Mansfield and New Jersey, and all of the circumstances surrounding those finishes were out of our control. To post 17 top-10s in 20 events is something to be proud about and to win the Fast Track High Performance Driving School Award makes our year that more special."
The rest of the top five went as Craig Goess (3340), Tom Hessert (3310), Marks (3125), and Armstrong (3050).
In accepting the award, Sheltra gave praise to Fast Track High Performance Driving School President and award sponsor Andy Hillenburg.
“Andy hasn't been afraid to throw his two cents in if he sees I am doing something right or wrong on the track or off the track throughout my ARCA tenure,” Sheltra said. “That says something from someone of his caliber.
"He has his own driver and his own team to care about. But he...cares about the competitors who compete in the ARCA Racing Series and I appreciate that. His commitment and value to the ARCA Racing Series on and off the track should be commended.
“Like I said, it's a real honor to receive the Fast Track High Performance Driving School Award, especially when Andy Hillenburg is involved.”
Fast Track High Performance Driving School hosts programs at Rockingham Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.
Hoosier Tire Speedway Challenge Award
The Hoosier Tire Speedway Challenge Award is given to the owner of the ARCA Re/Max Racing Series that scores the most race points (qualifying and lap bonuses do not count) at the oval tracks that are 1.5 miles or longer.
The ARCA schedule consists of eight tracks fitting that, including Daytona International Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Pocono Raceway (two), Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, and Kansas Speedway.
Sheltra scored the award with 1475 points, beating Kevin Cywinski’s No. 32 Win-Tron Racing entry driven by Justin Marks by 115 points.
"Man, what a huge accomplishment this was for our Sheltra Motorsports team this year,” Sheltra said. “Over the years of our presence in ARCA, I feel we have lacked on the bigger tracks. This year, we knew we had to step up the program in order to have a shot at winning the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge," said the winner.
"Overall, our intent was to use those speedway events to aid us in our bid towards the championship. But to have the honor to take home the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge championship trophy as well is a real honor.”
With the award, Sheltra becomes the first owner/driver to win it since Davey Allison in 1984.
Sheltra credited the addition of Jon Wolfe to the team as crew chief as the reason to the team being so strong.
"We added Jon Wolfe at the beginning of the year to help steer the Sheltra Motorsports ship towards a championship effort this year,” Sheltra said. “With his presence came exceptional knowledge and experience, not only on the intermediate tracks but with every track in general.
“With his assistance we also decided to switch our entire mile-and-a-half program over to Toyota this year compared to Dodge and Toyota last year...with support from Triad and the hard work of the Sheltra Motorsports team it allowed us to contend for the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge. Thankfully, all of our hard work paid off."
Eddie Sharp (No. 81, driven by Goess) finished third followed by Kimmel (No. 44, driven by Kimmel) and Cathy Venturini (No. 25, driven by Mikey Kile).
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. has provided the ARCA Series tires since the 1960s and been the exclusive tire provider since 1995.
"You cannot say enough about Hoosier's commitment to the ARCA Racing Series,” Sheltra said. “They have been so good for the series for a long time and are often overlooked for their involvement.
"Dave Wroblewski and his staff made sure that our team was taken care of at every race this year and that means a lot. I thank Hoosier for sponsoring a championship within a championship and I hope we make them proud!"
To celebrate everybody’s accomplishments, the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards Championship Awards Banquet will take place Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., near Cincinnati.
SPEED analyst and NASCAR veteran Phil Parsons will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Sheltra is set to be honored as the champion, as is Goess, who will be honored as the runner-up.
Additional Special Award presentations include the Bill France Four Crown, the RE/MAX Rookie of the Year, the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year, the H.G. Adcox Sportsmanship Award, the Manufacturer Championship, the Marcum Award, the Spirit Award, the Most Popular Driver Award presented by National Speed Sport News, the Klotz Engine Mechanic Award, and the CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award. In addition, scholarship recipients will be announced, compliments of the University of Northwestern Ohio and the Bob Loga Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
The event is open to teams, series and track officials, sponsors and also fans.
Information on ticket reservations, table seating, and directions is available by contacting Shalene Williams of the ARCA Racing Series at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 847-6726, or visiting http://www.arcaracing.com/.
The public schedule of events for Saturday, Dec. 4 is as follows:
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Master's Men (ministry) Silent Auction
2 p.m.: ARCA Racing Series Press Conference
3 p.m.: Master's Men Live Auction
4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Formal Portrait Photo Session
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Hosted Bar
6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Awards Dinner and Program