Quebec's Dufault looking slick

DEAN MCNULTY, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET

TALLADEGA, Ala. — It would be easy for Maryeve Dufault to be intimidated by Talladega Superspeedway.

The 2.66-mile high-banked oval is a monster of a race track for seasoned veterans let alone a raw rookie from Sorel, Que.

But Dufault proved in her first try at big time stock car racing last February at Daytona International Speedway that she doesn’t scare easily.

Dufault ran up front all day at Daytona in the ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 and was set for a Top 20 finish when she was caught up in someone else’s wreck just 16 laps from the checkered flag.

The experience, however, has made her more hungry to prove herself Friday in the ARCA 3 Amigos 300 at Talladega.

“I’m anxiously awaiting (Friday),” Dufault said. “We had a great test with Tony Marks Racing Dodge.

“The car was strong right off the trailer.

“I want to do the same thing I did at Daytona, just minus the outcome.”

Since Daytona, Dufault has tested in the No. 12 Dodge to add to what she learned in Florida. And she thinks she learned a ton at Daytona’s 2.5 mile oval.

“I learned a lot about the cars and the draft; which will again be important at Talladega,” she said. “Talladega has some similarities to Daytona and I think we’ll see an exciting race.

“I’ve talked to a couple of the other drivers and they’ve been very helpful in telling me what to expect, what to watch out for and what not to do. That’s important for me being a rookie. Once the race starts on Friday, I have to keep our No. 12 Dodge out of trouble but inside the lead draft and take the checkered flag.”


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