LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In her second career dirt track start in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Milka Duno hoped to improve on her first dirt track result – and that she did – by finishing 16th in the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the Magic Mile in DuQuoin, Ill.
Duno finished 21st in her first career dirt track race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 28th.
In the qualifying session Duno would put her No. 35 Cantv/Milka Way Chevrolet 15th on the starting grid for the afternoon race as part of the final day of events at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
In a race that would see eight caution periods Venturini Motorsports would bring Duno into the pits during the second yellow for four tires and a full tank of fuel and during the fifth yellow for tires only.
In 18th during the closing laps of the race Duno would capture 16th during the green-white-checkered finish.
“We wanted to better our result from my first career dirt track race in August,” said Duno. “That’s what we wanted to do and that is exactly what we did. I drove really hard and we finished five spots ahead of where we finished at Illinois. For my second career dirt track start I’m happy to have improved and progressed on a dirt track.”
"It was a good clean race for Milka and she did a great job,” said Kevin Caldwell, Crew Chief, No. 35 Venturini Motorsports Cantv/Milka Way Chevrolet. “She took what she learned in her first dirt race and applied it to her second and delivered a higher finish.”
Duno remains 6th in the ARCA Racing Series Driver Point Standings heading into her next race at Iowa Speedway on September 2nd.
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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.