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Duno 29th in ARCA Series Race at Talladega Superspeedway
Posted by: newsla on May 06, 2013 - 06:38 AM
Duno 29th in ARCA Series Race at Talladega Superspeedway

Milka Duno started on the pole in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 at Talladega Superspeedway - but ended her day 29th.


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With Duno taking the pole at Talladega she became just the fourth woman to earn a pole in ARCA Series history and the second woman to win the pole in ARCA Series competition at Talladega. It has been 25 years since a woman has won an ARCA pole at Talladega - it was in 1988 that Patty Moise won back to back ARCA poles at the superspeedway.

Duno led the first 7 laps of the scheduled 94-lap race and then remained solidly in the top-five until, on lap 29, while maneuvering around a lap car, Duno veered up the track. Side-to-side contact was made between Duno and the No.15 of John Wes Townley.

It was a great experience for me to start on the pole and I was doing my best to stay in the lead," said Duno. "I got shuffled back a little bit by bit but was doing my best to stay up in the front. We came up on a lap car and I was trying to clear him when he quickly moved up and I reacted to try and avoid contact. Unfortunately, John Wes Townley and I were very close to each other and there was contact between us. We spoke briefly in the medical center and I asked him if he was ok and he said yes. I had no idea how hard he hit both of the walls until I was able to see some video after the race. It was an unfortunate incident that I'm very sorry about and I'm so happy that he's ok."

Just a few laps later, with Duno in 5th, a car alongside and just ahead came down and made contact with the right front of Duno’s car which almost put her into a spin. Duno maintained control of her car but was then hit from behind which spun her out.

"I was running in 5th when the big crash occurred," added Duno. "A car came down into me and made contact with the right front of my car which caused me to wiggle a bit - but I was able to hang onto it. This is all happening at very high speeds and when my car started to wiggle it also caused it to slow up a bit and then I was hit from behind which sent me spinning - and then there were cars spinning everywhere. It ended my race and the race for many others as well. With the opportunity to start on the pole I was really looking forward to the race and I had hoped we would have a good result - but unfortunately it just didn't work out that way. VMS really brought me a good car and they were so great and supportive - I can’t thank them enough. They are a wonderful organization to compete with."

The scheduled 94 laps / 250 miles race on the famed 2.66-mile tri-oval was red flagged due to rain on lap 73.

As of the race just completed at Talladega Duno stands ninth in the ARCA Series Driver Point Standings with 525 points.

Duno’s next ARCA Series race will be on Sunday, May 19 at Toledo Speedway.

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