Milka Duno Looking to Find Lady Luck at Toledo Speedway
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 11, 2011) – After a breakout performance in her first-career short track race, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Rookie Milka Duno is ready to finish what she started two weeks ago at Salem Speedway. Although Duno and her Sheltra Motorsports team were bitten by bad luck and didn’t get the result to show just how strong they were at Salem, everyone knew Duno was one to be reckoned with, and she is sure to be on their radar in the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 15.
This weekend Duno is set to pilot her CITGO SUPERGARD Dodge to her second-career short track start on Toledo’s half-mile oval. It will also be Duno’s first time at Toledo Speedway as she did not test at the track.
“This will be another new track for me and only my second short track race but I’ve got a great crew to race with,” said Duno. “We were very competitive at Salem and I’m hoping we can carry that momentum with us to Toledo.”
While Duno will be making her first start at Toledo, her Sheltra Motorsports team comes to the half-mile track with a lot of confidence after she proved her talent while driving to the top-five at Salem before a damaged radiator sidelined her 66 laps shy of the finish. Adding to that confidence comes the experience and knowledge of championship Crew Chief Jon Wolfe and the same car 2010 Champion Patrick Sheltra drove to a third-place finish at Toledo last fall leaving everyone on the Sheltra Motorsports team with high expectations.
“We are excited to get back to another short track after Milka’s strong performance at Salem,” said Wolfe. “We know we have a good car going to Toledo. It is the same car Patrick raced here last year, so we have a lot of confidence in the car. Unfortunately we did not get an opportunity to test here so it will be a little bit of a learning curve with the practice being so short and such a tight schedule. We are still very excited for this weekend and everyone on this Sheltra Motorsports team is looking forward to a strong performance.”
The road to Toledo begins for Duno on Saturday, as the ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for a short practice session from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EST. and qualifying at 3:30 p.m. Sunday’s 100-mile/200-lap Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. EST. Live timing and scoring and audio coverage will be provided by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at ARCARacing.com.
Milka Duno and the No. 63 CITGO SUPERGARD Dodge Fast Facts:
Sheltra Motorsports at Toledo: Sheltra Motorsports has eight starts at Toledo Speedway, all with Patrick Sheltra behind the wheel. The team has three top-five and five top-10 finishes at the half-mile oval with best finishes of second in the 2008 Spring event and third in the 2010 Fall event.
This Week’s Dodge: Duno will be piloting chassis No. 008 this weekend. This car was used only one time last season by the 2010 Championship winning team. Patrick Sheltra used this car in the fall event at Toledo Speedway when he started on the pole and went on to finish third.
Keeping Busy for a Cause: Fans won’t find a busier driver than Milka Duno this weekend at Toledo Speedway. She will be partnering with ARCA to visit over 1,000 students at two local elementary schools where she will be giving her “Milka Way” presentation and talking about the importance of education on Thursday, May 12. On Friday, May 13 Milka will be participating in the 14th annual Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Safety Vehicle Expo. At this event, hosted by the Bedford County Schools, Duno will visit with over 1,200 second grade students across the county.
Autographs: Fans will have two chances to meet Milka Duno and all of their favorite ARCA Racing Series drivers. Duno will be signing autographs on Friday, May 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. during the annual Fan Festival held at Toledo Speedway. On Sunday, May 15 there will be an on-track autograph session from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Keep Up With Milka: Want to learn more about Milka Duno? Log on to her official website at www.milkaduno.com. Fans cans also log on to her official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheOfficialMilkaDunoFanPage
Follow Sheltra Motorsports: Want to know what is going on at the Sheltra Motorsports shop or what 2010 Champion Patrick Sheltra is up to? Be sure to follow Sheltra Motorsports on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SheltraMotorsports.
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