Steve Arpin

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Steve Arpin
Born (1983-12-16) December 16, 1983 (age 30)
Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada
Awards 2009, 2010 ARCA Racing Series Most Popular Driver
2008 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
9 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
2012 position 54th
Best finish 54th (2012)
First race 2010 Aaron's 312 (Talladega)
Last race 2012 Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 (Iowa)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
5 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish 32nd (2011)
First race 2009 WinStar World Casino 400K (Texas)
Last race 2011 Fast Five 225 (Joliet)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 1
Statistics current as of July 10, 2013.

Steve Arpin (born December 16, 1983, in Fort Frances, Ontario) is a Canadian race car driver competing in the Global RallyCross Championship. He previously raced stock cars in the ARCA Racing Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series. His first season with ARCA was in 2009 finishing 7th in the championship standings and winning the ARCA RE/MAX Series Most Popular Driver Award. He was also the 2008 USAC Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year.

Early career[edit]

Steve Arpin in a Mini-Sprint car at Emo Speedway in 1997

Arpin made his racing debut in Go-Karts at Riverside Speedway in Rainy River, Ontario at the age of 10. He won several races as a rookie and stood atop of the standings most of his karting career. By the age of 14, Steve starting racing Mini-Sprints at the Emo Speedway in 1997. The following year, he moved straight to WISSOTA Modifieds and in 1999, took the track championship in the class. His skill at the wheel started to really come out soon after. Finishing second in track standings in 2000, Arpin returned to the top in 2001 by winning every feature event at the track, claiming his second track championship in three years. The domination didn't stop as he won the majority of races in 2002, just missing his third championship.

NASCAR[edit]

It was announced in the summer of 2010 that Arpin would drive the #7 Chevy for JR Motorsports in a limited schedule, as a fill in for Danica Patrick. Talks with JRM's owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. started in 2009. This was made public during the Rattlesnake 150 ARCA event which Arpin won. Arpin made his first start in that summer at the Aaron's 312 where he was competitive until being caught in a wreck late in the event. His first top-10 finish came in the 2010 Subway Jalapeño 250 powered by Coca-Cola with a 10th place finish.

In 2011, Arpin made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Turner Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet Silverado. The Fort Frances native joined teammates James Buescher, Ricky Carmichael, Blake Feese, Mark Martin and Brad Sweet competing on the popular NASCAR circuit.

In 2012, Arpin competed in two Nationwide races for Turner at Texas and Iowa Speedway. Aprin finished 10th and 16th respectively. Arpin also returned to the ARCA Racing Series with Venturini Motorsports at both Elko Speedway and Springfield.

For 2013, Arpin received the opportunity to compete for the Global Rallycross Championship alongside teammate, fellow NASCAR competitor Scott Speed.

Dirt Track Career[edit]

In 2002, Arpin began to increase his travels throughout the United States, especially in Minnesota. At the age of 18, he took the feature win at the Silver 1000 in Proctor, Minnesota and the WISSOTA 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway which garnered him large attention in the WISSOTA region. Steve also won the largest modified race east of the Mississippi at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex, the American Heritage classic. For winning the Heritage Classic he won a Harly-Davidson Soft Tail motorcycle.

Snowmobile Oval Racing[edit]

In his early teen's, Arpin also raced snowmobiles during the winter. He won several events at the local scene and was picked up shortly thereafter by Polaris Industries becoming the youngest driver to ever compete for the company. Throughout his time of snowmobiles, he captured three world championships, four Polaris championships and many feature wins.

Accomplishments[edit]

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

  • 2010 Most Popular Driver Award
  • 2010 Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin Dirt Race Winner
  • 2010 Rattlesnake 150 at Texas Motor Speedway Race Winner
  • 2010 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Race Winner
  • 2009 Most Popular Driver Award

USAC Silver Crown Series[edit]

  • 2008 Rookie of the Year

Dirt Track Racing[edit]

  • 2008 Minnesota Modified Nationals Champion
  • 2007 18 Feature Wins & 42 top 5 finishes in an open wheel modified throughout the United States.
  • 2007 Fall Modified Nationals (Day 1) Champion
  • 2007 WISSOTA Heartland Nationals Champion – Deer Creek Speedway
  • 2007 Memorial Day Special Champion – Rice Lake Speeedway
  • 2007 101 American Heritage Classic Champion – Brushcreek Motorsports Complex
  • 2007 IMCA Dakota Classic Modified Tour Champion – Won Every Heat & Feature (5 Nights)
  • 2007 North Florida Nationals Champion – Lake City, FL
  • 2007 Florida DIRTcar WinterNationals UMP Modified Points Champion
  • 2006 United States Modified Touring Series Featherlite Fall Jamboree Champion
  • 2006 17 Feature Wins in an open wheel Modified throughout the United States
  • 2006 Coca-Cola Young Guns Shoot-out Champion – Savannah, Georgia
  • 2006 Carolina Clash Champion – Cedar Lake Speedway, Wisconsin
  • 2005 Deer Creek Speedway Sportsman of the Year
  • 2004 Gopher 50 Charity Race Champion
  • 2004 8th Place WISSOTA National Points
  • 2004 Cedar Lake Speedway Overall Hard Charger Award
  • 2003 Rice Lake Speedway Labor Day Special Champion
  • 2002 Cedar Lake Speedway WISSOTA 100 Champion
  • 2002 Emo Speedway Driver of the Year and Sportsman of the Year
  • 2002 Proctor Speedway Silver 1000 Feature Winner
  • 2001 Emo Speedway WISSOTA Modifieds Track Champion
  • 2001 Emo Speedway Driver of the Year/ Sportsman of the Year
  • 2001 Emo Speedway Winner of Every feature Event
  • 1999 Emo Speedway WISSOTA Modifieds Track Champion

Snowmobile Oval Racing[edit]

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