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Arpin ends season on sour note

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It was not a great end to Steve Arpin’s oval sledding season.

The local first-year pro lost the lead in his World Snowmobiling Association circuit points race after running into problems during feature races at the finale event at the Raceplex in Beausejour, Man.

“We generally had the fastest times during the qualifiers [on Friday],” said Arpin. “Come Saturday, everything just went downhill.”

Arpin roared to a big lead to start his Champ 440 race before his motor blew out. The Pinewood Sports crew installed an older model but Arpin managed only a sixth-place finish.

It didn’t get better in the Pro Stock 600 feature as Arpin was disqualified for derailing a track as he was making a pass to overtake second-place.

Former racing teammate Terry Wahl of Greenbush, Mn. took the checkered flag and the overall title in that class.

Arpin did earn a podium finish in the Pro Stock 440 feature by coming third. But overall, the 18-year-old said it just wasn’t his weekend.

“We made a lot of changes throughout the weekend but we weren’t that fast. We got some lucky breaks,” he noted. “It wasn’t the best weekend.

“You can’t win them all,” Arpin reasoned.

He added losing a shot at the season’s points title wasn’t disheartening since he didn’t race at every event.

“I don’t know. If I would have raced every week, it may have been a different story,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, Brett Lowes of Devlin won his qualifying semi-pro 600 heat, then was overtaken on the last lap in the feature race by Dustin Wahl.

Darren Lowes of Rainy River also competed in Beausejour, winning a qualifying heat and feature in the Masters 700 division.

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