Steve Arpin No. 88 Blueharbor Bank Chevrolet You've driven the No. 7 this year but not the flagship No. 88. What are your thoughts leading into the weekend? "This is one of those situations where an opportunity fell into my lap. As important as...
Steve Arpin No. 88 Blueharbor Bank Chevrolet
You've driven the No. 7 this year but not the flagship No. 88. What are your thoughts leading into the weekend? "This is one of those situations where an opportunity fell into my lap. As important as everything in the ARCA series is to us, the long-term plan is to make the most of this JR Motorsports, and it's a great one. I think everyone knows how bad I want to win an ARCA championship, but it's not every day you get a chance to drive multiple races for Dale Earnhardt Jr. This is a cool experience for me."
What do you think the biggest difference will be between running the 7 and the 88? "Everyone at JRM has been great to work with over the past few months. Tony Eury Jr. has been an awesome coach and mentor for me at the racetrack. But this week we're going to change it up a bit with me driving the 88 car. I'm really excited to work with Pops [Tony Eury, Sr.]. I've thrown a lot of questions at Pops over the past few months. He's always willing to give me some helpful advice. I think it will be a fairly simple transition because I've spent a lot of time on the road and in the shop with both the 7 and 88 guys. So I know all of them, and I don't think too much will change besides the car number."
Josh Wise No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet
What's your experience level at a track like Gateway? "Gateway is a fun track for me. I've raced a lot of things there, Nationwide, Truck and ARCA. It's a unique track and one that I enjoy. You've got to slow down a lot getting into turn one, and since we don't down shift there anymore, the motor bogs down coming off the corner. You'll see a lot of guys trying to be the first to get back on the throttle. If you can get on the throttle really quick coming off of two it gives you a huge advantage at that place. The sooner you can throttle up the better."
In your eyes, what constitutes good weekend in the Go Daddy Chevrolet? "This Go Daddy team is definitely capable of winning races. This is my first time running the Go Daddy paint scheme and I'm excited about that. I think realistically, a top-10 finish is a great place to start. I want to take each practice session, qualifying lap and race lap and run to my full potential and give Tony Jr. the best feedback I can. If everyone one this team gives 110 percent, we can be satisfied no matter what the result is."
TEAM POINTS POSITION - The No. 88 Blueharbor Bank team moved up one spot to eighth in the 2010 owner points after Chicago. The No. 7 Go Daddy team occupies the 21st spot in owner points.
-source: jr motorsports