Toledo, Ohio. – Milka Duno definitely earned her 13th-place finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race today on the 0.5 mile oval at Toledo Speedway. Duno started the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care 25th on the grid.
Duno gained five positions very quickly and advanced into top-20 territory by lap 30 of the 200-lap competition and reached 15th just a little over halfway into the race. With less than 30 laps remaining Duno captured 14th and took the 13th spot on lap 193 - and held it until the checkered flag waved.
There were eight cautions in the race and Duno brought her No. 35 Cantv-Milka Way Chevrolet into the pits and to her Venturini Motorsports crew twice – both times under caution.
“It was a good race for us at Toledo,” said Duno. “We didn’t do as well as we had hoped in qualifying but VMS gave me a great car for the race. We just kept at it, stayed out of trouble and steadily worked our way up – just good racing. My thanks to everyone at VMS – my crew chief, spotter and pit crew – and all the great people on the team.”
"Milka did a very good job staying after it all day to bring home anther solid top-15 finish,” said Billy Venturini, Director of Competition for Venturini Motorsports. “I know in the past she's had more success on the big tracks, so we feel very positive after the string of good finishes on the short tracks. Now that the intermediates are about to come up VMS feels that Milka is beginning to hit her stride.”
With her 13th place finish at Toledo Speedway Duno is currently ranked 8th in the ARCA Series Driver Point standings.
Next up for Duno and her VMS squad will be the Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care at Elko Speedway on Saturday, June 1
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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. 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 www.milkaway.com.
Fans cans also logon to her official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheOfficialMilkaDunoFanPage.
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.