MILLVILLE, New Jersey (May 18, 2011) – - After tacking two demanding short tracks in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and Toledo Speedway respectively, Maryeve Dufault is anxiously awaiting for the green flag to drop in Sunday’s ModSpace 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
On top of the two short tracks and two superspeedways of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Dufault will return to her racing roots this weekend as the ARCA Racing Series invades their lone road course event of the season.
Dufault, a native of Sorel, Quebec Canada hails from a resume full of road racing which ultimately puts her No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger as a pre-race favorite for the fifth race of the 2011 season.
“I’m very excited about this weekend,” said Dufault, the 2011 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year contender. “I enjoy road racing because of its unique characteristics and challenges they present. The Tony Marks Racing (TMR) has prepared me a great Dodge Charger and I think this is one of our best opportunities to get a strong finish.”
With her monstrous success in open-wheels turning left and rights, Dufault is still keeping reality in the back of her mind, noting the difference between the two types of race cars.
“Yes, I have done a lot of road course racing but I am staying very humble for this weekend,” she mentioned. “It’s not the same type of car and there is a huge difference between open wheel and stock cars. I’m hoping though that the transition will be smooth and we can strut our stuff right from the get go.”
After two discouraging finishes which saw the No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger competitive but become a victim of short track racing circumstances, Dufault knows that a good run on Sunday would not only propel her team’s confidence but her climb towards entering the top-10 in the championship standings.
“This is such a great team,” Dufault said. “I don’t think you will find a more determined team in the garage other than Tony Marks Racing. The guys work hard to build me fast Dodge Chargers. We were so competitive at Toledo but didn’t get the finish we wanted or deserved. This weekend, I want to make it up to them and all our sponsors with a gratifying run.”
Should Mother Nature’s forecast attempt to throw a curve-ball at the series for a third consecutive race, Dufault knows that she has to be prepared for the unexpected, which could include racing in the rain.
“It’s part of the game,” Dufault sounded. “If we do have to race in the rain, patience is the key. You have to hit your marks every single time and be extremely careful not to make a mistake. I think it will definitely make the race more intense but I feel that we’ll be ready for whatever conditions we’ll have to deal with.”
Car owner Tony Marks offered his thoughts on this weekend’s ModSpace 150. “This is Maryeve’s forte. We’re all expecting a great weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. I know that she is very excited about not only racing at a road course but also having the opportunity to put our season back on track. We have just as good of a shot as anyone for victory on Sunday afternoon!”
The ModSpace 150 (67 laps / 150 miles) is the fifth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The fourth ever ARCA event held at New Jersey Motorsports Park is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 21 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. A final “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Sunday May 22 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the weekend will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com.
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