Milka Duno Looking to Shine Under the Lights at Kansas Speedway
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2011) – In a season where everything has been new for Milka Duno, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Rookie is ready to cross one of her final hurdles – racing on an intermediate track in a stock car. While Duno has learned to master short tracks, superspeedways, road courses and Pocono’s “tricky triangle” in a stock car, she is set to tackle that final hurdle at Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval in the Kansas Lottery 98.9 on Friday night, October 8th.
“I’ve raced at Kansas before in an Indy car and passed my IndyCar rookie test here too,” said Duno. “I have a fond place in my heart for this track and the fans in Kansas because they have been so supportive of me. It will be my first time at the track in a stock car and so it will be a different experience. We made some progress at a test here last month and we hope that will help us deliver a good result.”
While Duno will be piloting her No. 63 CITGO SUPERGARD Toyota to her first stock car start at Kansas Speedway, her Sheltra Motorsports team has a lot of confidence at the 1.5 mile track. With four previous starts and a finish of fifth place with team owner Patrick Sheltra behind the wheel last season, the Sheltra Motorsports team knows what it takes to score a top finish at Kansas Speedway. Adding to that success, they tested at the 1.5-mile track with Duno in September, a test that left the entire team confident for a strong run Friday night.
“I am excited to get to Kansas with Milka,” said Crew Chief Dave Leiner II. “Milka has had a steep learning curve this season; every track has been brand new to her. We just tested here in September, and I really believe that will show on the race track this week. She made tremendous improvements throughout the entire test session and I believe that will continue on Friday. I think our Sheltra Motorsports team will be pretty sporty Friday night.
Duno and the stars of the ARCA Racing Series roll into Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 7th for 148.5 miles of Friday night racing action. Drivers and crews will have their work cut out for them with only one short 2 hour and 15 minute practice session (9:00 – 11: 15 a.m. CDT) Friday morning before qualifying begins at 5:35 p.m. CDT. green flag will drop on the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at 7:30 p.m. CDT with live television coverage on SPEED and 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 Toyota Fast Facts:
Duno at Kansas Speedway: Milka Duno will be making her first career stock car start at Kansas Speedway. She tested at the 1.5-mile track in September with her Sheltra Motorsports team.
Sheltra Motorsports at Salem: Sheltra Motorsports has made four previous starts at Kansas Speedway, all with team owner Patrick Sheltra behind the wheel. The team finished fifth at the 1.5-mile track last season, a finish that helped catapult Sheltra Motorsports to the 2010 ARCA Racing Series championship.
This Week’s Toyota: Duno will be piloting chassis No. 20 this weekend. This chassis has only been used once before by the Sheltra Motorsports team at Iowa Speedway. It was a new chassis to the team in 2011, originating from Red Bull Racing.
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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