ARCA Racing Series Points Leader Patrick Sheltra Remembering Matt Hawkins Again At Iowa Race
Late Friend Won at Track in 2008
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ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards current points leader Patrick Sheltra returns to Iowa Speedway this weekend for Saturday night’s running of the Prairie Meadows 200 with a strict agenda.

While Sheltra, the Indiantown, Florida native is gunning towards his first ARCA win of the season and his ninth consecutive top-10 finish in nine races this season, Sheltra will continue to honor Matt Hawkins, a former racing colleague and Iowa Speedway ARCA winner.

Hawkins, who won at Iowa Speedway in his lone ARCA Racing Series start at the .875-mile paved facility in 2008, lost his life in February 2009 in an accidental gun-discharge incident. Sheltra remembered his friend and close racing colleague in last year’s Prairie Meadows 200 by carrying a decal on the b-post of his No. 60 Dodge Charger.

As the series returns to Iowa for their annual summer tradition, Sheltra is vowing to keep Hawkins’s spirit alive in the ARCA garage and at Iowa Speedway.

“When the ARCA Racing Series comes to Iowa, it’s hard not to think about Matt,” said the 24-year old Sheltra. “Matt was a friend to us all. He raced you clean and hard but also gave you respect on and off the racetrack. He came to Iowa and won in his first ARCA start that says a lot about his devotion he had to racing. He was a good person and I know he’ll be with us in spirit on Saturday night.”

Thanks to long-time decal supplier, DMC Graphics of Philpot, Kentucky, the Sheltra Motorsports brigade has over 50 “In Memory of Matt Hawkins” decals for this weekend’s competitors, ARCA officials and track personnel. The team will once again plaster the decal on the driver side b-post area.

Sheltra now sporting the role as both driver and owner will make his fourth start at the Rusty Wallace-designed speed plant Saturday night behind the wheel of the No. 60 Sheltra Motorsports Toyota Camry led by crew chief Jon Wolfe.  Sheltra continues to lead the championship standings after eight races, 35 markers ahead of second-place contender Justin Marks.