Milka Duno Set to Make Short Track Racing Debut at Salem Speedway
Ready for first-career short track start in Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 28, 2011) – 2011 is a year of new beginnings for Milka Duno and her Sheltra Motorsports team, and this weekend will be no different as Duno is set to make her first-career short track start in Sunday afternoon’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200. Duno will pilot her No. 63 CITGO SUPERGARD Dodge to her short track debut at one of the most difficult tracks on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards circuit – Salem Speedway.

Salem’s 0.555-mile oval is sure to present a challenge as it is a track that is difficult for veterans and rookies alike. To say the renowned speedway has a lot of character doesn’t even begin to describe what racing at Salem is like. With a rough, bumpy surface to go along with the fast, unforgiving high-banks, Salem Speedway has challenged some of the most legendary names in auto racing and Milka Duno is ready to add her name to that list.

"This will be my first race on a short track and it will definitely be a challenge," said Duno. "We were able to test there for half a day last week and I learned as much as possible about the track during that short time. The team has a lot of experience and has had success at Salem so I'll be working as hard as possible to learn all that I can from them and I hope that it all translates to a good result for us at a difficult track.

While Duno will be making her first start at Salem, she is prepared for the challenge as she and her Sheltra Motorsports team tested at the high-banked oval last week. Duno’s team owner, 2010 ARCA Racing Series champion, along with her spotter, “Pancho” Carter, an accomplished IndyCar and NASCAR veteran who raced sprints and midgets at Salem, helped Duno to learn and negotiate the half-mile track during the test. The results left her Sheltra Motorsports team confident going into Sunday’s 200-lap event.

“Everyone at Sheltra Motorsports really likes short-track racing,” said Crew Chief Jon Wolfe. “We had a lot of success on the short tracks last year and hope to continue that with Milka. We know it is a learning curve for her. We had a really good test at Salem last week; she learned a lot. It’s going to be a little bit tough for her at first to get used to the high banks of Salem and the way the track is so rough, but we really expect to do well and for her to continue learning. The first half of the season will be about her learning those tracks and really being able to go back the second half of the season and have really strong performances.”

Duno is slated to make her short track debut in race No. 3 on the ARCA Racing Series schedule on Sunday, May 1 for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200. The green flag will drop for 200 fast-paced laps at 2:15 p.m. EST with live timing and scoring on

Milka Duno and the No. 63 CITGO SUPERGARD Dodge Fast Facts:
Duno at Salem: Milka Duno will not only be making her first-career start at Salem Speedway, but it will also mark her first-career short track start.

Sheltra Motorsports at Salem: Sheltra Motorsports has made eight starts at Salem’s 0.555-mile oval, all with Patrick Sheltra behind the wheel. Salem Speedway is where the team earned their first ARCA Racing Series victory in 2009. Sheltra Motorsports has one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes at the high-banked track.

This Week’s Dodge: Duno will be piloting chassis No. 005 this weekend. This car was used four times by 2010 Champion Patrick Sheltra last season with top-10 finishes at both Salem events and a best finish of second at Berlin. Sheltra also piloted chassis No. 005 to his first-career ARCA Racing Series victory at Salem Speedway in 2009.

Autographs: Fans will have the chance to meet Milka Duno and all of their favorite ARCA Racing Series drivers on Sunday, May 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST during an on-track autograph session.

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About Sheltra Motorsports:
Sheltra Motorsports, established in 2007, is in the midst of its fifth season of ARCA Racing Series competition. Owned by Florida-native, Patrick Sheltra, the owner-driver team captured the 2010 ARCA Racing Series driver and owner’s championship titles on the strength of two wins, 12 top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes in 20 events. Sheltra Motorsports is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., with additional operations in Indiana and Florida.
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About Milka Duno:
Duno has eight major race wins in the highest classes (Prototype) in the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Series and the highest finish ever by a female driver (2nd Place) in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the 48-year history of the race. Go, Milka, Go! - A book about her life and racing career, was awarded the Best Young Adult Sports/Recreation Book of 2009 at the 11th Annual International Latino Book Awards. In 2010, Duno became the first Venezuelan athlete inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame.


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