NNS: Milka Duno Is Not Ready For NASCAR Competition


FORT WORTH, TX. — Was anyone else completely and utterly shocked to hear that Milka Duno will be running a partial schedule for RAB Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season? I was flabbergasted to say the least when I heard the news. I was floored even more when I heard the reasoning behind why the team has added Duno to their roster.

“We’ve watched Milka develop in the ARCA Racing Series and feel she is prepared for the next step in her stock car racing career,” said RAB Racing owner Robby Benton in a team press release.

[Related: Milka Duno to run select races for RAB Racing in 2014]

Excuse me, Mr. Benton, as I don’t mean to sound rude, but what the hell are you talking about? That entire sentence makes absolutely no sense, and this whole announcement — which didn’t include any kind of schedule of races that Duno will be competing in — has to be nothing more than a PR stunt, right? I’m afraid not, but to try to even disguise this move as one of merit based off of what Duno has done in the ARCA Racing Series is nothing more than the biggest laugh in motorsports today.

When you take a look at Duno’s body of work in the ARCA Racing Series you see that she is not, I repeat, she is not ready for competition at the NASCAR National Series level. And before you start sending hate mail, insinuating that I’m only saying this based on her race or gender — stop right there.

In 47 career starts at the ARCA level, Duno has just three top-10 finishes. Quickly name 10 ARCA Series drivers right now off the top of your head, oh and no cheating by looking up last week’s race results. You can’t. That being said, Duno has only ran well enough to finish inside the top-10 in the ARCA Racing Series three times since her 2010 debut. Unbelievable.

Taking things a bit further, in those 47 career starts, Duno has only finished on the lead lap FOUR times. You could strap a crash dummy into an ARCA car, and chances are they will luck into more lead lap finishes than that over a 47-race span. Currently Duno drives for Venturini Motorsports — the Hendrick Motorsports of ARCA — and she only has four-career lead lap finishes. That stat is telling. She is absolutely abysmal behind the wheel of a stock car.

Add in the fact that Duno also has a knack for being in the center of an accident, and at 42-years-old, she’s no spring chicken. I just don’t see the upside of this signing for anyone involved.

I’m all for anyone who has the sponsorship to fund their ride getting a chance to race, but at some point you have to draw a line. I believe Duno will be more of a liability on the track than she’s worth. Hopefully RAB Racing will come to their senses before they add any actual races to her schedule.

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About Toby Christie

Toby Christie is the Senior Writer for Rubbings Racing. He has been watching NASCAR since 1993, and has covered the sport as a media member since 2007. Toby is a proud member of the NMPA. Additionally, Toby is a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, subpar guitarist and he is pretty good around a mini-golf course.

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  1. Scott Haskell

    August 5, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I do not follow ARCA to the extent that I can make any valid comment on this drivers past, present or future ability to compete in the mid-series of NASCAR known as NNS.

    However, being a life long NASCAR and short track racing fan (since 1953)I have noted that when a driver makes it to any of the NASCAR top tier series, they are not only acquainted with the driving of a race car, they are certified winners in whatever lower racing series they are advancing from. Normally moving up with having championship titles in their resume from several different racing series. If this article’s information is to be believed and I have no reason to doubt the stated facts within the writers article, then it would be my questions, who in their right mind would stake their racing ownership business and personal credibility on a stunt like this. Even more-so, what financial sponsor would invest money to support a known looser in a lower racing series who is being elevated to a top tier series. Especially when the point of investing sponsorship money in a racing team is to have your business become known nationally as being associated with a winning race car team, not a run-of-the- mill team, much less a proven loosing team with a never have won a race driver.

    I would assume that the team’s car owner must be attempting some sort of publicity stunt or similar manuver. Unfortunately, it would be my personal opinion that such a move will more than likely doom the future of his racing business, not elevate it to a higher statis within the racing community.

    Makes no sense to me !!!

  2. NASCARJeff

    August 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Neither is Danica Patrick yet she has a job in NASCAR’s top series.

    • Jack

      August 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Took the words right off my keyboard. If the “greatest female race car driver ever” (the 10 car) can race in Nationwide for 5 minutes, then move up to Sprint, then Duno can drive in Nationwide. Or is there room for only one female in NASCSAR? And Johanna Long is better than both of them, but you’d never know it listening to the NASCAR shills in the media.

  3. Bill B

    August 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    LOL @ NASCARJeff… good point!!!

    Always reminds me of an REO Speedwagon album… you can milk a cow but you can’t milk a duno.

  4. SteveK51

    August 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    “Not ready” implies that with time and laps Milka will be ready in the future. The term you’re looking for is “Not qualified” to compete in Nascar.

    The only times she won were when she did the minimum necessary laps and let somebody else finish the race in Grand Am, and even that was a decade ago!

  5. Matt33Fl

    August 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    RAB racing made this deal happen because they were not so much interested in her as a driver as they were bringing on her sponsor, Venezuelan-owned Citgo.

    • Rickey Bobby

      August 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Bingo!. You have broken the code! It is ALWAYS about the money!

  6. Steven

    August 6, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I’d LOVE to actually see a journalist report on exactly how many millions of dollars Go Daddy has pumped into Danica’s entitled ass. I’m sure the number is obscene.

  7. Justin Brockwell

    August 19, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I agree with you whole-heartedly.

    Too bad RAB Racing hasn’t come to their senses…Milka will be attempting Bristol.

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