Oregon, Wisc. – It was a long, hot race with only two new right side tires for Milka Duno and many others in today’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway. Duno finished 12th and earned her 11th top-15 finish of the season and remains 6th in the Driver Point Standings heading into her second career dirt track race at DuQuion on September 2nd.
Saturday’s two practice sessions and the qualifying session went well for Duno and her Venturini Motorsports team – with gains in speed through all three – and Duno would qualify her No. 35 Milka Way/Cantv Toyota 15th for the start of the race today.
Duno dropped back to 17th in the very early laps but got back up to 16th on lap 18 and back into 15th by lap 45. Pitting on the first caution on lap 48 Duno would get two new right side tires, a full load of fuel and a track bar adjustment. After heading back out Duno and her crew decided to come in quickly again under the same caution to clear the front grill as an increase in water temperature had been noticed.
As it turns out that would be Duno’s last pit of the race. There was a second caution period at about lap 68 but she and her crew opted to not pit again and since that would be the last caution of the race she would then run the remaining 200 laps without any further adjustments or fresh tires.
Duno would quickly take 14th and then 13th on lap 69 and steadily held on to that position for approximately 118 laps until capturing 12th with eleven laps remaining.
“It was a really good race and a tough race as well,” said Duno. “Going into it I don’t think we were expecting such a long green flag run but we dealt with it and held on to our position, didn’t fall back, and when the opportunity presented itself we took another spot. I feel that I’m learning and gaining experience with each and every race and I’m very happy with our result here today.”
“Congratulations to Venturini Motorsports for winning yet another race this year and a special congratulations to my teammate Kyle Benjamin for winning his first ARCA race!” added Duno.
"Milka really did a great job today,” said Kevin Caldwell, Crew Chief, No. 35 Venturini Motorsports Cantv/Milka Way Toyota. “We’re moving forward in a very positive way and doing the work we need to do.”
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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.