Steve Arpin’s long-awaited return to a dirt modified finally came at Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota last weekend as part of Pink Out Night at the track. A former modified standout, Arpin felt at home immediately, winning his heat race and re-drawing the second starting spot for the feature. The famous #00 “EH” that Arpin took to so many victories in across America over the years was competitive throughout the weekend, as he came home seventh when the checkered flag fell in the 25-lap main.
“It was awesome to get back to dirt racing and my roots!” said Arpin. “It was great getting to race along my ENEOS teammate Dustin Sorensen, who is like a little brother to me. I’m really excited how well it went because it’s been such a long time since I’ve been in a modified, and I can’t wait to get back to doing it again later this year. I wish I would’ve been up front at the end of the feature We were right there racing with those guys up front for a big part of the race, we even went three wide for the lead a couple times, but then those guys schooled me at the end after I made a few mistakes!
“Huge thanks to all of my sponsors for their support—cbdMD, ENEOS, SCT Performance, Alpinestars, IVI Vision, Eibach, and Bell Helmets. This time we took a heat race win, but next time I am hoping I can keep up with those boys for the whole feature!”
Arpin’s roots as a race driver came in dirt modifieds. He won his first track championship in 1999 at Emo Speedway. In 2007, Arpin scored 18 feature wins and 42 top-five finishes in dirt modified events across the United States.
Deer Creek Speedway is a .375-mile dirt and clay oval that puts on upwards of 30 events a year. Its first year of operation under the Queensland family, who has won national awards for their promotion efforts. Arpin was the 2005 Sportsman of the Year at the track. Arpin’s teammate Dustin Sorensen scored a third place finish in the event. Sorensen is currently fifth in the USRA Modifieds track championship with one victory and four top fives in four feature starts at the track.
Arpin’s next race will see him return to Americas Rallycross on July 13-14 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, as the inaugural ARX of Gateway marks the first doubleheader in series history. Tickets are available now at arxrallycross.com/tickets.
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