It was Duno’s very first time on the 0.375-mile oval and only the second race at Elko Speedway for the ARCA Series.
Due to weather conditions the series was only able to conduct one of the two scheduled practice sessions and Duno was 14th quickest in her No. 35 Cantv-Milka Way Chevrolet. The qualifying session went off as scheduled and she qualified 16th for the 250 laps / 94 miles race.
By lap 64 Duno had advanced to 9th but then she was hit from behind and headed into the pits under the fifth caution of the race. Quick action by her Venturini Motorsports (VMS) pit crew along with two new tires and a full load of fuel got her back on the track in short order.
The VMS crew brought Duno in under caution for her second and last pit stop of the race with about 100 laps remaining - and sent her back out with a full tank and four new tires.
In a race that had five cautions in its first 100 laps and eight cautions total, Duno held her own amongst very close competition on the shortest track of the 2013 ARCA Series season. Staying solidly in the top-15 for the entire race and visiting 10th on lap 141 - Duno’s first visit to Elko was a success.
“I was looking forward to racing at Elko and I knew it was going to be very close racing and a new challenge,” said Duno. “With the track being new to me it would have been nice not to lose that second practice session due to rain - but those things happen and we dealt with it. As always VMS gave me a great car and we ran a good hard race.”
"Milka's performance on the short tracks has been as solid as we hoped,” said Billy Venturini, Director of Competition for Venturini Motorsports. “We know she didn't have a lot of short track experience going into the season but has performed well. I’m really looking forward to the big tracks coming up. We expect good things from her in the upcoming races."
With her 13th place finish at Elko Speedway Duno is currently ranked 7th in the ARCA Series Driver Point standings.
Next up for Duno and her VMS squad will be the Pocono ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway’s “Tricky Triangle” on Saturday, June 8.
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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. She is currently making a transition from IndyCar racing to stock car racing and for 2013 is competing for her first full season in the 2013 ARCA Racing Series Championship with Venturini Motorsports. Her next challenge is to become the first Latina in history to compete in NASCAR.
Off the track, Duno is a certified Naval Engineer who holds four master’s degrees, earning the last three simultaneously.
Duno is also working through her “Milka Way” program to inspire youth to “Aim for the Stars” and achieve academic excellence. For more information on Milka Way, visit:
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Duno can also be followed on Twitter at @MilkaDuno
About Venturini Motorsports
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley, Josh Richards and Johanna Long.
In 2012, VMS and the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano, among others.
After nearly two decades away from NASCAR, 2013 marks VMS’s modern day return to the series with John Wes Townley driving the team’s familiar No.25 in selective NASCAR Nationwide Series events.