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Kile Finishes 2nd at Springfield Dirt Mile; Arpin Battles Back to Secure Top-10 Finish

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Allen Crowe 100, Steve Arpin, Mikey Kile

Kile Finishes 2nd at Springfield Dirt Mile; Arpin Battles Back to Secure Top-10 Finish

Emily Teeter
Venturini Motorsports
August 22, 2010

Springfield, Illinois (8-22-10) - Considered the most diverse racing series in professional motorpsorts, the ARCA Series visited the Illinois State Fairgrounds to compete on the mile dirt oval. Exactly one week after turning in top-10 finishes on the Thunderbolt road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Steve Arpin and Mikey Kile turned their attention to dirt racing.

The dirt track did not intimidate either VMS driver as Steve Arpin, driving the No.55 Mike's Hard Lemonade Toyota, captured his first ARCA career Pole Award while Mikey Kile in the No.25 VMS Toyota secured the inside pole position, making it an all Venturini front row.

Dominating the field and leading 36-laps, Arpin was derailed after an early altercation with a lap car which ultimately caused a rear tire blowout late in the race. Despite falling back in the pack, Arpin and the Mike's Hard Lemonade Crew battled hard to keep the No.55 machine in contention, finishing the contest in 7th place.

Mikey Kile, however, had better fortune as he piloted the No.25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota to a 2nd-place finish and gained valuable points in his quest for an ARCA Championship. The Louisiana native, who battled for the top spot the entire day, continues to impress with his consistent, no-nonsense style of driving.

"It was a good points day," said Kile. "A lot of the guys in the front had some trouble, we needed that. We had some trouble throughout the year and we needed some luck to change our way. It was a good day today. It took me a while to get used to the dirt again. It's been about 12 years since I've raced dirt. It was a lot of fun. I had a blast, just looking forward to the rest of the season."

Next up for Venturini Motorsports - 'Sweet Home Chicago' and the Ansell Protective Gloves 150 at Chicagoland Speedway.

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