Late-race mishap stalls Arpin’s chances

Lucas Punkari

Up until the late stages of the WinStar World Casino 400k at the Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night, it had been a nearly picture-perfect debut into the Camping World Truck Series for Steve Arpin.
But with 31 laps to go, all of his momentum suddenly headed in the opposite direction.
Fighting to stay in the top 10, Arpin’s #32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade-sponsored Chevrolet Silverado got loose as he exited the fourth turn.
As he wrestled to regain control of the truck, he made contact with Austin Dillon, resulting in both vehicles sliding through the frontstretch infield.
Arpin got back underway following the incident, but wound up finishing the 168-lap affair one lap down in 23rd place.
The race was won by four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, who took home the checkered flag after points leader Johnny Sauter was black-flagged for making an illegal move on the final restart of the night.
Before his late-race mishap, Arpin had been running in the top 10 for most of the evening after starting in fourth position, utilizing the high side of the track to work his way up through the pack on restarts.
The Fort Frances native also led the race for six laps during its early stages.
Arpin’s next race for Turner Motorsports will be Thursday, July 7 at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.