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Arpin 26th at 1st ARCA race

Post-Bulletin staff

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Grand Meadow’s Steve Arpin finished 26th in his debut in the ARCA ReMax Series at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

Arpin, driving the No. 20 car for Eddie Sharp Racing, started 20th in the 43-car field, but was able to complete only 46 laps of the 80-lap Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.

Arpin got into the wall on Lap 5, but was able to maintain control of his car. About 20 laps later, he was caught up in a wreck that forced him to the pits. His crew got his car back in racing condition and he was able to return to the race, making up more than 10 places to finish 26th.

Just 11 of the 43 drivers were on the lead lap at the end of the race. Arpin’s ESR teammate, Justin Lofton, started on the pole and finished third.

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James Buescher of Plano, Texas, won the race.

Ricky Carmichael, a motocross fan favorite for more than a decade at Spring Creek MX Park near Millville, placed 21st on Saturday.

Arpin is scheduled to return to the track in the next ARCA race, set for April 5 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.

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