Milka Duno Ready to Return to Short Track Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 26, 2011) – Milka Duno and her Sheltra Motorsports team are set to return to short track racing when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards rolls into Lucas Oil Raceway (Ind.) for the Ansell Protective Gloves 200 on Thursday, July 28. While it will be Duno’s first time competing on the 0.686-mile oval, the Sheltra Motorsports team heads to the track with a lot of confidence as some of Duno’s best showings have come at short tracks in ARCA Racing Series competition.
As the stars of the ARCA Racing Series prepare for Thursday night short track racing action, Duno will be piloting her No. 63 CITGO SUPERGARD Dodge to only her third-career shot-track start in what will be her first time stepping foot on Lucas Oil Raceway as she did not test at the track.
“While it is my first time at Lucas Oil Raceway I know that the track has a lot of history,” said Duno. “It will be a new track for both me and the team so we’ll be working very hard and very quickly to get up to speed.”
It will not only be Duno’s first start at Lucas Oil Raceway, it will also be the first time at the 0.686-mile track for her Sheltra Motorsports team. With a field of 46 competitors attempting to make the 36 car starting lineup, including several of NASCAR’s finest Camping World Truck Series drivers, this is a race sure to be filled with a lot of drama and excitement.
“I have a lot of confidence coming into Thursday night’s race,” said Crew Chief Dave Leiner Jr. “Milka has been very successful in her past short track starts this season. Unfortunately we did not get to test here so we will all have a little bit of a learning curve, but after what I saw in Milka at Iowa last weekend I have no doubt she has what it takes to come out of Indianapolis with a strong finish.”
The ARCA Racing Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway kicks off an exciting weekend of racing in Indianapolis with a short practice session from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST. Qualifying for the night’s Ansell Protective Gloves 200 kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with the green flag dropping for the start of 200 laps of short track racing at 7:00 p.m. EST. SPEED will provide flag-to-flag coverage of the event beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST with live timing and scoring and audio coverage provided by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at ARCARacing.com.
Milka Duno and the No. 63 CITGO SUPERGARD Dodge Fast Facts:
Duno at Lucas Oil Raceway: Milka Duno will be making her first-career start at Lucas Oil Raceway. It will also mark only her third-career short track start.
Sheltra Motorsports at Lucas Oil Raceway: It will also be the first start for Sheltra Motorsports at the Indianapolis short track.
This Week’s Dodge: Duno will be piloting chassis No. 5 this weekend. This car was used at Salem Speedway by Duno when she climbed to the fifth position before a radiator problem sidelined her just shy of the finish. Team Owner Patrick Sheltra piloted this chassis at Berlin Raceway earlier this year to a fourth-place finish.
Take Two: Duno and new Crew Chief Dave Leiner Jr. will be tackling only their second race together. They were paired together for the first time last weekend at Iowa Speedway and are excited to continue to build their success together at Lucas Oil Raceway.
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
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