Marne, Mich. – In her first visit to the 0.4-mile short track at Berlin Raceway in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Primera Plastics 200 Milka Duno definitely earned her 15th-place finish – and her tenth top-15 finish of the season.
Duno and her Venturini Motorsports (VMS) team took advantage of the race’s two practice sessions and Duno’s No. 35 Cantv/Milka Way Toyota improved in each. The VMS crew made additional adjustments for the qualifying session and again Duno was quicker and qualified 17th for the 200-lap 88-mile race.
Jumping into the top-15 right from the start Duno then fell back to 16th by lap 13. She spent some time in 17th but just after the first quarter of the race had been completed she advanced to 16th and would hold this position until lap 144 when she captured 15th. She would hold that position for the remaining 56 laps and earn yet another top-15 finish.
Duno would pit during two of the race’s four caution periods – the second and the fourth – getting 4 new tires, fuel and some adjustments during her first pit stop and fuel, and then 2 tires, fuel and some additional adjustments on her second pitting.
“It proved to be a very tough race for my first time here,” said Duno. “It was really a lot of hard work to hold my position and even harder still to go from 16th to 15th – but once I got it there was just no way I was going to let it go. Berlin Raceway is yet another new track for me so I’m happy with the top-15 and with the experience I gained on yet another short track. Congratulations to my VMS teammate Erik Jones on his win and thanks to everyone on my crew for another job well done!”
"For her first time here Milka really did an excellent job and she earned every bit of her top-15 finish, said Kevin Caldwell, Crew Chief, No. 35 Venturini Motorsports Cantv/Milka Way Toyota. “Many of the tracks we’re racing at together this year are brand new to her and she’s learning them very quickly and doing very well.”
The 15th-place finish at Berlin Raceway is Duno’s tenth top-15 finish in the 14 races held so far this season.
Her next race, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 18, will be her very first competition on a dirt track.
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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 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.