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MARATHON, Fla. (AP) _ Backstreet Boy Nick Carter's raceboat broke down over the weekend, forcing his team to drop out of the Marathon Offshore Grand Prix in the Florida Keys.

The drive shaft broke on one of the 40-foot boat's two engines during the third of 14 laps around a six-mile race course Sunday. Carter races in the Super Vee class.

``I was very disappointed and so was the crew,'' said Carter, 22, who owns the boat but is not driving it during the 2002 American Power Boat Association (APBA) racing season. ``Things like this do happen. That's racing.''

The event, which attracted 76 boats Saturday and Sunday, marked the return of offshore powerboat racing for the Middle Keys community after a nine-year absence.