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Daytona’s Drive for Five – Making a Mark in ARCA’s Record Books

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Stock Car Racing Topics:  Steve Arpin, Mikey Kile, Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona

Daytona’s Drive for Five – Making a Mark in ARCA’s Record Books

Emily Teeter
Venturini Motorsports
January 22, 2010

CONCORD, NC (01/22/2009) - Venturini Motorsports will open the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards with a strong driver lineup headed into the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

With more than 50 cars entered into the race, Venturini Motorsports looks to take its development drivers to the front.

In December 2009, Venturini Motorsports tested in preparation for the February 6th race at Daytona. Venturini Motorsports dominated three of the top 4 positions with driver Mikey Kile turning the fastest lap of the weekend with a time of 49.164 seconds at 183.061 mph followed closely by Steve Arpin and Alli Owens.

Mike Kile, of Westlake, Louisiana, will drive the no. 25 car in the full 20-race ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. Kile is a second-year driver in the ARCA Series. With running top-five for most of the 2009 Daytona race and being the fastest driver in practice for the upcoming race, Kile is optimistic about making his mark on the 2010 Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.

In addition to Kile, Steve Arpin will be driving the no. 55 Toyota at Daytona International Speedway. Arpin is looking forward to the opportunity at success that Venturini Motorsports Development Program presents based on their practice in late December. “The test was good, we had great times and the cars drove perfect,” stated Arpin. “As we all know, things change a lot with 42 other cars out there stirring up the air. I think we have a good enough balance in the car that we should be able to lead a bunch of laps and stay up front.”

Daytona Beach native, Alli Owens will pilot the no. 15 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevy. While the appearance of Danica Patrick is sure the bring national exposure to the speedway, Alli Owens looks forward to being the female in the spotlight running upfront in her newly painted pink Chevy. Last year, Owens qualified on the outside pole for the 2009 Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 and was second during the test session for the upcoming race.

Venturini Motorsports will also be fielding cars for Mark Thompson and John Wes Townley in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.

Venturini Motorsports makes groundbreaking news in the ARCA Series with their Daytona Drive for Five effort. Not only is this the most cars that Venturini Motorsports has fielded for a single ARCA race, but Venturini Motorsports also makes history in the ARCA record books as being the first team to ever field this many drivers.

Steve Arpin, driver of the no. 55, is enthusiastic about the expanded five-driver lineup for the season opener at Daytona. “The more teammates we can have at Daytona the better. We have some of the best equipment in the garage and some of the best drivers behind the wheel,” stated Arpin, “If we can all hook up, work together, and stay out of trouble we should be in good position for the win at the end.”

The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will have the 2010 season debut at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 6th for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. The race will be aired live on SPEED beginning at 4 p.m. (ET).

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