Milka Duno Confident for Strong Finish at Madison
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2011) – For ARCA Racing Series Rookie Milka Duno every event on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule has been filled with unknowns and new tracks to learn. For the first time this season Duno will be on an even playing field with the rest of the drivers entered in Friday night’s Herr’s Live Life with Flavor! 200 at Madison International Speedway (Wis.) as the ARCA Racing Series is returning to the short track for the first time since 1973, meaning every driver on the 35-car entry list will be making their first laps around the half-mile oval during Friday afternoon’s short practice session. For Duno and her Sheltra Motorsports team that is an exciting change and gives them a lot of confidence entering what has been their strongest venues on the 2011 schedule- short tracks.
“It is a good feeling to know that we will all be learning the track together because, for example, at Pocono I was one of the only drivers that hadn’t been to the track before,” said Duno. “It makes it tough for me and the team when you have to learn the track and setup the car with such limited track time but I think we have done a good job with that all season. It is just good that we will all be going to Madison with the same conditions.”
Duno and her Sheltra Motorsports team were able to test at the half-mile track, adding to their confidence heading into the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor! 200.
“This track is a little bit challenging,” explained Duno. “If I had to compare it to another track I would say It is a little bit like Toledo but really, it is very different from the other short tracks we have been on. I think there will only be one lane. It will be hard to pass. I am glad we had the opportunity to test at Madison. The test was very good. It is always good to test because you can make changes and test differences in the car. Anything you can do to help prepare for the race gives you added confidence. On race weekends we usually have such a short amount of time to prepare with only a short practice, qualifying and then the race. I think we had a very productive day. We tested different settings, but I think we still have to work more, of course, for Friday night.”
Although it will only be Duno’s fourth-career short track start, Duno has shown a ton of promise at short tracks this season, something the entire Sheltra Motorsports team is looking to build upon Friday night.
“Milka has done a great job at all the short tracks this year,” Said Crew Chief Dave Leiner Jr. “Her best finishes have come at the short tracks this season, but those finishes still don’t do justice for how well she has run at these tracks. We had a really good test at Madison last week, and I really think we will have something for them Friday night.”
The ARCA Racing Series rolls into Madison International Speedway on Friday, August 26th for a short practice from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. CDT with qualifying beginning at 5:30 p.m. CDT. The green flag will drop for 200 laps of racing action at 8:30 p.m. CDT 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 Chevrolet Fast Facts:
Duno at Madison International Speedway: Milka Duno along with her Sheltra Motorsports team will be making their first start at Madison’s half-mile oval.
This Week’s Chevrolet: Duno will be piloting chassis No. 4 this weekend. This is the first time this car will be run in 2011.
Autographs: Fans will have the chance to meet Milka Duno and all of their favorite ARCA Racing Series drivers on Friday, Aug. 26th from 7:00. – 8:00 p.m. EST during an on-track autograph session.
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