Arpin reaches podium despite blown motor

Steve Arpin’s Pinewood Sports and Marine snowmobile racing crew was forced to work on the fly at their weekend stop in Freeport, Mn. as motor problems hurt them in the feature races.
But Arpin still managed to earn enough points to stay atop the World Snowmobiling Association pro circuit standings in each of his four classes.
“Great Saturday, bad Sunday,” summed up Pinewood team manager Chuck Arpin, who also is Steve’s dad.
After finishing first in the Champ 440, Pro stock 440, and Modified class and second in the Pro stock 600 in Saturday’s qualifiers, Arpin’s sled blew a piston during hot laps before the Champ 440 race on Sunday.
He wound up finishing third.
Then in the Modified feature, he crashed end over end and did not finish.
He capped off Sunday with two more third-place finishes in the Pro stock 440 and 600 feature races.
“We had a difficult weekend but still came away with podium finishes so it wasn’t too bad,” said the elder Arpin.
Meanwhile, fellow driver Brett Lowes got lost in the shuffle of the semi-pro 600 feature race and drifted to a fifth-place finish. He had qualified with the third-best time in the heats.
Team Pinewood (without Lowes, who had other commitments) left town today for the Grand Prix in Valcourt, Que., which is part of the Canadian World Series’ Eastern Tour.
“The top drivers from every circuit show up. You’re racing best of best,” Chuck Arpin noted.
At last year’s event, Arpin raced for Walls Brothers and finished fourth overall.
They’ll wrap up their season in Beausejour, Man.
In related news, local Kitty Cat racer Curtis Boivin also made the trip across the border in Flood-wood, Mn. to continue his season on the ovals circuit.
The nine-year-old earned first-place in the feature races of the improved stock 120 and improved stock Kitty Cat classes, as well as in the stock 120 consolation.
Boivin came second in the stock Kitty Cat, Formula 1, and Champ 120.
Casey and Christina Kerber of Bear’s Pass also competed in Floodwood but their results were unavailable.
Boivin and the Kerbers will do a doubleheader this weekend in Nebagamon, Wis. and then Fish Lake, Mn. (outside Duluth).
A reminder the Canadian Kitty Cat Championships will be held here Saturday, March 2. Contact Al Boivin (274-6381) for more info.