Arpin finishes 10th in Texas


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Fort Frances native Steve Arpin matched his career-best result in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday night, earning a 10th-place finish in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
Arpin, driving the #30 Mike’s On The Rocks Chevrolet Impala for Turner Motorsports, made his season debut in the 200-lap affair and hung around the top 15 for most of the night after starting in ninth spot.
After a late-race red flag due to issues with the lights in Turn 3, Arpin stormed his way through the pack on the restart with a three-wide pass on the backstretch.
He made his way into the top 10 during the final laps.
The 28-year-old Arpin previously had finished in the top 10 in July, 2010 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, when he drove for Jr. Motorsports.
Defending series champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned the checkered flag Friday night for his second win of the season, which also cut the deficit between he and points leader Elliott Sadler to just four points after six races.
The next scheduled event for Arpin will be at the Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, May 5, when he competes in the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race.