LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Milka Duno arrived at Salem Speedway hoping to match or beat her 8th place finish there earlier this year, but while electrical issues during race kept her out of the top-10 Duno did earn her twelfth top-15 result of the season by finishing 13th.
Duno qualified 16th for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care.
Moving up to 15th by lap 33 Duno would hold that spot until lap 91 when she took over 14th, but while she was able to move up a few positions some electrical issues were causing concern and affecting her speed.
Bringing her No. 35 Milka Way/Cantv Chevrolet, now down two laps, into the pits during the second caution period her Venturini Motorsports (VMS) crew replaced the ignition panel, loaded her with fuel and sent her back out with four new Hoosier tires.
Despite the very quick and skilled action of the VMS crew repairs in the pits during a short-track race can often lead to the loss of a few laps – and Duno would exit pit road down additional laps.
Back on the track the electrical issues would again occur sporadically but Duno was still able to pass cars and turn very quick laps - often right on pace with the leaders.
Duno would pit her final time during the third caution of the race to get two new right side tires.
During the remaining laps of the race Duno was on a charge to gain additional positions and was able to grab and hold on to 13th until the end of the 200-lap race.
“We were on the right path to better our result from our race here in April,” said Duno. “We improved our starting spot over last time and were working very hard to improve our finish as well. Unfortunately, we had some electrical problems that affected us.”
"We had to deal with some electrical “gremlins” that did affect us but Milka was really driving very well. She was passing other cars and turning some really fast laps,” said Kevin Caldwell, Crew Chief, No. 35 Venturini Motorsports Cantv/Milka Way Chevrolet. “If she didn’t have to overcome being behind on laps she may very well have had her third top-10 of the season.”
Duno remains 7th in the ARCA Racing Series Driver Point Standings while heading into the penultimate round of the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season at Kentucky Speedway on September 20th.
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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.