VMS Development Drivers Steve Arpin & Mikey Kile Wrap Up 2010 ARCA Season at Rockingham
Topics: American 200 presented by Black's Tire & Auto Service, Steve Arpin, Mikey Kile
Rockingham, North Carolina (October 11, 2010) - Venturini Motorpsorts entered the final event of the season at Rockingham ready to put an exclamation point on successful 2010 ARCA Racing Series campaign. Expectations were high as VMS Development Driver’s have won 2 of the last 3 races (Joey Logano 2008 - Sean Caisse 2009) at the historic North Carolina track.
Standout teammates, Steve Arpin and Mikey Kile took the wheel for Venturini Motorsports in the Rockingham finale.
Steve Arpin, three-time season winner, strapped into his familiar No.55 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet looking to notch another victory. After topping the practice charts, Arpin qualified 5th for the American 200 presented by Black's Tire and Auto Service at Rockingham Speedway.
In familiar fashion, Arpin proved to be a contender as he kept his Mike’s Hard Lemonade machine in the mix the entire day, taking the lead on lap-50. However, pit strategy and tire wear shuffled him and most of the top-10 positions the entire race. Rockingham is notorious for being hard on equipment as tires tend to ‘fall off’ early.
After falling back midway through the race, Arpin came on strong late, maneuvering his car through the competitive field and into the 2nd position behind eventual race winner, Ty Dillon. Just as they did in Kansas, the two drivers pulled away from the field with 20 laps remaining. Chasing down Dillon on the final laps set things up for an exciting finish. However, Arpin wouldn’t have enough as he started losing power with 2-laps remaining, running out of gas on the last lap. The final lap mishap cost him his 8th top-5 finish of the season, as he settled for 12th place.
Teammate Mikey Kile, two-time season pole award recipient and ARCA Racing Series winner at Michigan Int’l Speedway, took the green flag in his No.25 Tag Heuer Toyota. Having already earned seven top-5 and fourteen top-10 finishes in 2010, Kile was looking to add to his impressive season totals. After solid testing and practice sessions, Kile would battle a loose car the entire day. It wasn’t until late in the race before he finally had his car dialed in. Kile battled back and made the most of his day, capturing the 10th position and his fifteenth top-10 of the season.
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