Perry takes racing title in first year

Rookie mini-sprints racer Kenny Perry Jr. of Fort Frances capped off an impressive campaign by capturing the mini-sprints racing overall points title Saturday at the Emo Speedway, becoming the division’s youngest-ever champion.
“I didn’t expect to win,” he said this morning. “I didn’t expect to do so well.”
Perry, 14, edged out early season points leader Jason Strom of Barwick by placing third in the heat and winning the final feature race to secure the crown by a mere 17 points, 735-718. Minnesotan Kyle Ridlon was third overall with 678 points.
Defending mini-sprints champion and Perry’s father, Ken Sr., was fourth.
Strom had chain problems throughout the evening and couldn’t take part in the feature, which awarded upwards of 35 points–making an appearance in the feature that more interesting.
“I wanted him to race,” said Perry. “The finish would have been very close.”
In other action, local modified racer Steve Arpin put the finishing touches on his near-perfect season with a feature win and the overall points title. His 780 points were well ahead of runner-up Gavin Paull. Arpin captured 13 of a possible 15 races in winning his second title of three years on the circuit.
Jake Hassbargen was the runaway winner of the streets division with 753 points, leaving Kendal Gamsby (702) and Ron Westover (701) in second and third place respectively.
Full results and preview for this weekend’s “family night” will be available in this Wednesday’s Fort Frances Times.