Steve Arpin and No. 88 Realtree Outfitters Chevrolet Team Battle Handling Issues at Iowa Speedway
Newton, IA – Steve Arpin and the No. 88 Realtree Outfitters Chevrolet had high hopes heading to Iowa Speedway. However, shortened practice due to uncooperative weather left the team and the young driver scrambling to get the car’s setup adjustable enough for the 250-lap/218.75-mile race.
Scheduled to be a two-day event, Friday’s practice for the U.S. Cellular 250 was a complete wash-out forcing the Tony Eury, Sr.-led team to practice, qualify and race on Saturday. Given it was Arpin’s first trip to drive a NASCAR Nationwide Series car at the 0.875-mile oval just east of Des Moines, Iowa, both team and driver needed as much time as possible to get Arpin up-to-speed.
After qualifying 23rd, Arpin fought a loose-off the corner condition early in the race but as the race progressed from daylight to evening, the car became tight in the center. After slight contact with the wall around the lap 163 mark, Arpin couldn’t gain ground on the field and settled for the 18th finishing position.
“This is definitely not where we wanted to end up tonight,” Arpin said. “I just got up in the marbles, lost it a bit and got into the wall. It was a frustrating sequence of events. We just couldn’t seem to bounce back after that. On a positive note, the crew had great stops all night and I want to thank them for all their hard work. I wish we could have given this Realtree Outfitters Chevrolet a better run, but we’ll get them next time.”
It is the second of five-race partnership for Realtree Outfitters this season with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s JR Motorsport (JRM) and Arpin’s seventh appearance in a JRM race car -- his second in the No. 88 Chevrolet.
Realtree Outfitters will next appear on the No. 88 on August 20, 2010 with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. behind the wheel.
The Realtree Outfitters/JRM relationship was announced in June in conjunction with Delta Apparel – a leading activewear and headwear manufacturer. Realtree, the camouflage brand made famous by its long-running outdoor-themed television programming, recently signed Delta Apparel to an exclusive apparel and headwear licensing deal with its Realtree Outfitters brand.
Realtree is the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 2,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. In fact, Realtree is one of the nation's leading contributors to conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Realtree promotes its products and relationships widely on ESPN2, Outdoor Channel, and other television networks, as well as through Realtree.com and many other outlets. For more information on Realtree, visit www.realtree.com.
About Delta Apparel, Inc.:
Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, M. J. Soffe, LLC, Junkfood Clothing Company and To The Game, LLC, is an international design, manufacturing, sourcing and marketing company that features a diverse portfolio of high quality branded and private label activewear apparel and headwear. The Company specializes in selling a variety of casual and athletic products through most distribution channels for these types of goods. Its products are sold to specialty and boutique shops, upscale and traditional department stores, mid-tier retailers, sporting goods stores, screen printers, and private label accounts. In addition, certain products are sold to college bookstores and to the U.S. military. Its products are also available direct to consumers on its websites at www.soffe.com, www.junkfoodclothing.com, and www.deltaapparel.com. The headwear products can be viewed at www.2thegame.com. The Company's operations are located throughout the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, and it employs approximately 6,500 people worldwide. Additional information about the company is available at www.deltaapparelinc.com.