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Races deal three of a kind with Arneson brothers

Just because all of their race cars look pretty much the same doesn't mean the Arnesons are three of a kind. Brothers Cale, Levi and Austin Arneson of Fargo are all racing in the Midwest Modifieds class this season, and all three bring a differen...

Area driver Levi Arneson
Area driver Levi Arneson buckles up before taking off to the track at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

Just because all of their race cars look pretty much the same doesn't mean the Arnesons are three of a kind.

Brothers Cale, Levi and Austin Arneson of Fargo are all racing in the Midwest Modifieds class this season, and all three bring a different attitude to the track.

"We're all learning different things, and we're learning together," Cale said. "But we're all pretty competitive."

Cale is the oldest one at 23, and he's the talkative one out of the group, too.

Levi is the shy one, and the 20-year-old is the rookie out of the bunch in his first year of racing.

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Austin, who finished 10th in points last season, is the humble one and youngest of the three. When asked, the 17-year-old blushed and was reluctant to admit that he was the Midwest Modifieds rookie of the year at RRVS.

"We all have our nights," Austin said. "I don't think one of us really stands out more than anybody else."

Austin and Cale were rookies last season, and Levi decided to give it a whirl this summer. The reason for him was simple.

"I was bored," Levi said with a laugh. "And they seemed to have fun with it. It's been neat. I've learned a lot already.

"(Cale and Austin) kind of know what the other is going to do out there, but there's no idea what I'm going to do."

The Arneson boys are all still pretty new to racing and have no intentions of quitting any time soon.

Their numbers will likely grow in a few years, as Casey Arneson - the youngest sibling at 14-years-old - should be into the sport in no time.

"We've always all been competitive in all kinds of stuff at home," Austin said. "And we have a lot of fun being around each other. It's a good time."

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As the Arnesons continue to gain experience on the track, they're all getting insight from a pretty good spot.

Former national points champion Brock Gronwold has been there to answer questions on set-ups and whatever else comes up for the siblings.

"It's like Brock is the big brother and we're the little brothers," Cale said. "He's been a lot of help to all of us."

The Arnesons plan to race regularly at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn., RRVS and Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn.

The competitive brothers continued to improve as last season went on, and they're hoping to continue to grow as racers together.

But running in the same class produces some tricky moments. They all want their brothers to do well, but none of them want their brothers passing them in a feature.

"The worst is when we're in the same heat race getting ready for the feature," Levi said. "We're all in the same class, and we all want each other to do well.

"But none of us wants to lose."

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548.

Collins' blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com

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