Milka Duno’s Second Salem Speedway Race of 2011 Season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2011) – Milka Duno and her No. 63 CITGO SUPERGARD team head to Salem Speedway with something new this weekend- familiarity. For the first time in 2011, Duno will be making her second start at a race track in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition, and that couldn’t come at a better place for Duno and her Sheltra Motorsports team than Salem’s high banks.

“It will be great to be returning to a track this season that I’ve raced at before,” said Duno. “It’s been an interesting and challenging season so far, as each and every track has been new to me. I’ve had one race at Salem this year so I’ll have just a bit of experience going into this second race. I hope that will translate to a better result the second time around – I know that we’ll all be working very hard to do just that.”

Duno made her first start at Salem’s 0.555-mile track in April in what was also the stock car rookie’s first short track start of her career. While the difficult track, known for challenging some of the most legendary names in auto racing, was supposed to be a huge challenge, Duno took to Salem’s high banks in a veteran-like style proving to the entire racing community that she has what it takes to go to victory lane.

Salem Speedway, with its rough, bumpy surface and fast, unforgiving high banks, is nothing like Duno had ever competed at before, but it proved to be a challenge she was ready to conquer when the ARCA Racing Series made their first visit earlier this season. Now, with one race and two test sessions under her belt at the famed short track, Duno and her Sheltra Motorsports team are ready to prove what they can do with a little familiarity at a race track.

“Ever since that first Salem race in April this is an event we have had circled on our calendar,” said Crew Chief Dave Leiner Jr. “Milka really excelled here in the spring, and I really believe we can build on that this weekend. We tested here last week and she did a very nice job. I have a lot of confidence that we will have a solid finish this weekend.”

Duno and the stars of the ARCA Racing Series roll into Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 17th for 200 laps of Saturday night short track racing. There will be a short practice session from 1:05 – 2:35 p.m. EST before qualifying begins at 4:00 p.m. EST. The green flag will drop on the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic 200 at 7:15 p.m. EST with live timing and scoring and audio coverage provided by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at

Milka Duno and the No. 63 CITGO SUPERGARD Dodge Fast Facts:
Duno at Salem Speedway: Milka Duno has one start at Salem Speedway. She started 17th before driving into the fifth position over halfway through the race when she was caught up in an accident that occurred right in front of her.

Sheltra Motorsports at Salem: Sheltra Motorsports has made nine starts at Salem’s 0.555-mile oval, one with Milka Duno and eight 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 chassis has been used twice this season, at Salem in the spring and Lucas Oil Raceway. 2010 Champion and team owner Patrick Sheltra also piloted chassis No. 005 to his first-career ARCA Racing Series victory at Salem Speedway in 2009.

Keep Up With Milka: Want to learn more about Milka Duno? Log on to her official website at Fans cans also log on to her official Facebook page at

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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. For more information, visit

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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