Milka Duno has raced in IndyCar's as well as in the ARCA Racing series. She has even made the jump to the NASCAR Nationwide making the field in one of four races she's entered. Now, the driver is hoping to make a splash at Talladega Superspeedway in hopes of qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on the famed track.
Duno, who is a native of Venezuela, will join the rest of the Truck Series drivers on Friday during qualifying for the Fred's 250 race. The event will be held on Saturday prior to the Sprint Cup series race which is part of the Championship Chase.
Duno is not a stranger to racing at Talladega. Last season she captured the pole at the track in the ARCA Racing series. She also led 7 laps before falling back and eventually being collected in a wreck.
She's raced at Talladega two other time in the ARCA series. One race also ended in a crash and her 2011 effort resulted in a top twenty finish according to her driver stats.
Ready for Trucks?
Duno, now 41 years old, has been on the entry list for four NASCAR Nationwide Series events in the 2014 season. She failed to qualify for two races and eventually withdrew from a third event. Her NASCAR national series debut came at Kansas Speedway earlier in the season but it was short lived day. Duno finished 40th after leaving the race after three laps due to a crash.
Will her seat time in both ARCA and the one race in the Nationwide Series prepare her for racing a Camping World Series Truck? It should! She certainly has the seat time at Talladega in other vehicles and knows the layout of the track and how cars handle around the high-banked superspeedway. She should be more than ready to handle a truck considering her pole award in ARCA.
Yes, trucks are different than any other race vehicle in professional motorsports. That's a given. But seat time and past laps on the track known for wrecks commonly called "the Big One" should give her an edge over drivers that have limited time racing there.
Two other ladies at 'Dega
Duno is not the only female driver to gear up for racing at Talladega this weekend. Two other drivers will be following the footsteps of retired NASCAR driver Janet Guthrie. Of course there is Danica Patrick in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday. She will be behind the wheel of her familiar Go-Daddy ride.
The other lady driver will be competing against Duno in the Truck Series. Camping World veteran driver Jennifer Jo Cobb is entered in the Truck race this weekend as well. Cobb is currently running 16th in the Championship point race.