Tim Hortons renews Lapcevich marketing partnership for 2012

Team press release

December 7, 2011, GRIMSBY, ON – Jeff Lapcevich will compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series again in 2012 with Tim Hortons branding on his familiar family-owned #23 Dodge.

The Grimsby veteran recently renewed one of Canada’s longest-running motorsports marketing partnerships, and his team is optimistic looking forward.

“Signing our deal with Tim Hortons this early in the off-season gives us great optimism,” said Lapcevich. “We have one of the best partners in all of racing, but until an agreement is in place you don’t want to get too excited.”

Lapcevich has raced his Fastline Motorsports entry in most of the NASCAR Canada’s races since the series began in 2007, and his children compete year-round in quarter midget sprint cars.

“We had a good season this year,” said Lapcevich. “The cars are competitive, and we made some great strides in 2011.”

In recent years Lapcevich has kept his NASCAR schedule relatively close to home choosing to not make the western swing. While the series visited British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatoon, Lapcevich was focused on his children competing in the quarter midgets.

Cayden and Treyten Lapcevich have won numerous quarter midget titles across North America, and their schedules never end.

“We’re going to do a lot of racing next year,” said Lapcevich. “The boys started their indoor season recently in Ohio, and they’re off to a great start.”

Twelve year old Cayden won both of his classes on the competitive Columbus, Ohio, indoor oval track. Younger brother Treyten had three top-three finishes.

The next indoor action takes place this weekend in Columbus. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup season winding down some famous names will compete in the next rounds.

“It’s fun racing with some of the biggest names in our sport,” said Lapcevich. “Cayden has raced against children of Jeff Burton and Dave Blaney. You never know who will show up to these indoor races. This is the toughest competition we’ll face all year.”

The increased level of competition just makes the Lapcevich boys that much better.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series kicks off its campaign in May next year, and it will take Fastline Motorsports from coast to coast. For the first time ever the series will open on a road course, and it happens to be Lapcevich’s favourite track.

“Mosport has been my favourite track for a long time,” said Lapcevich. “We should be in contention when the series opens there next year on May 20th.”

For more information on the Lapcevich race team Fastline Motorsports visit LapcevichRacing.com, or phone 905-545-1500, and ask for Jeff.

News source: Adam Ross
Image credit: Gary Grant

Topsy turvy top-five for Lapcevich in Barrie NASCAR race

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Grimsby veteran survives multiple mishaps to finish strong

September 12, 2011, GRIMSBY, ON – At first glance Jeff Lapcevich’s Tim Hortons-sponsored Dodge looked more like a crash victim than a top-five finisher Saturday night, but the Grimsby racer survived numerous skirmishes to finish fifth at Barrie Speedway Saturday.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Wild Wing 300 lived up to its name. The smallest speedway on the schedule often features beating and banging, and this year’s race was no exception.

“This was a typical Barrie Speedway race,” said Lapcevich. “The biggest difference is we survived to have a solid finish. It seems like we’re often in the wrong place when the wrecks happen.”
Lapcevich’s night started with a top-10 qualifying effort. He raced solidly in the top 10 throughout the first half of the race, and by staying out of trouble the team was able to execute its strategy.
“It makes a huge difference when we can choose how we run our pit strategy,” said Lapcevich. “If you get in trouble early you have to adjust the rest of your race. Things went well until the big wreck on the back stretch.”

Lapcevich lined up for a mid-race restart behind competitor Ron Beauchamp of Windsor. When Beauchamp’s car broke coming to the green flag everyone stacked up behind him including Lapcevich.

The pack fanned out three wide still trying to find room to get around Beauchamp coming off turn two, and the heavy contact began.
“I was sure that would be the end of our night,” said Lapcevich. “Somehow we got through, but the car was beat up fairly bad. My crew did a great job keeping us on the lead lap, and getting the car competitive enough that I could still run with the leaders.”

The sparks continued to fly with the race winding down, and Lapcevich avoided a last-lap crash to manoeuvre into the fifth spot.

“I’d say we’re pleased with the night,” said Lapcevich. “You can have the best car at Barrie and not finish. We had a strong car, and it brought us to a strong finish. I’m pretty happy with that.”
With the fifth place result Lapcevich climbs to 10th in the points standings even though he chose to skip the two-race western swing. The team will pass on this weekend’s event at Riverside Speedway near Antigonish, Nova Scotia, as well.

“We’ve been seeking sponsorship for a little while to make the trip to Nova Scotia,” said Lapcevich. “We just weren’t able to put anything together. We’ll be back for the season finale at Kawartha.
For more information on the Lapcevich race team Fastline Motorsports visit LapcevichRacing.com. For sponsorship inquiries phone 905-545-1500, and ask for Jeff.

Photo by Gary Grant

Lapcevich earns fourth place finish in Montreal AutoPro 100

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Grimsby NASCAR racer narrowly misses podium in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event

August 21, 2011, GRIMSBY, ON – Jeff Lapcevich charged from a 10th place starting spot to finish fourth in his #23 Tim Hortons-sponsored Dodge in Montreal Saturday. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event was contested prior to the NASCAR Nationwide race on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

“We knew we had a good car this weekend,” said Lapcevich. “That race was a lot of fun. Our Tim Hortons car handled great, and it was even better under braking. I could out-brake nearly anybody out there.”

Lapcevich made most of his passes on the track’s two hardest braking points, but a few untimely caution periods cost him a great deal of momentum.

“The first caution was the toughest,” said Lapcevich. “I felt like my car was a lot faster than everyone else’s at the beginning of the race. I think we would have been on the podium if I passed one or two more cars before the yellows started to fly.”

By Canadian Tire Series rules the races revert to the previous scored lap to line up for restarts after a caution. The rule forced Lapcevich to relinquish a couple of spots during the race. Despite the setbacks Lapcevich passed a few drivers multiple times during the race before finding himself battling in the top five.

“On one restart I drove alongside the 11 car, and we got together,” said Lapcevich. “I gave him plenty of room, but he didn’t give the same respect. He got into my left front wheel pretty hard, and it knocked the alignment out. I passed a few cars after that to fight back to fourth.

“It was a tough weekend. We were penalized with only one lap during qualifying, and my crew was more confident than I was that we’d be ok. All things considered 10th was a good starting spot. I’m happy to close out our road racing season with a solid result. It gives us plenty to build on for next year.”

Three races remain in the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule including two events in Ontario and one race in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where Lapcevich seems to shine.

For more information on Jeff Lapcevich and Fastline Motorsports visit the newly redesigned www.LapcevichRacing.com.

Lapcevich livid after late-race wreck ruins strong run

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July 9, 2011, GRIMSBY, ON – Jeff Lapcevich appeared on his way to a great finish in Toronto when contact on a late restart relegated the Grimsby NASCAR racer to a 13th place finish. The Tim Hortons-sponsored Lapcevich was furious about the situation.

“That was a great example of how not to race somebody,” said the incensed Lapcevich after the race. “I got right up beside Robin Buck, and he drove me straight into the wall. We restart double file in NASCAR, but you can’t run two wide with him. We did it all day with several others.

“There was a lot of chaos behind me when he stuffed me in the wall. Guys were checking up, and it could have been disastrous for a lot of them including Buck, but that’s how he races.”

After spending part of Friday’s practice session atop the leader board Lapcevich qualified only 10th in the stellar 33-car field. Things got worse when the team was penalized for failing to follow NASCAR procedure when making post-qualifying repairs.

“I was so disappointed that we only qualified 10th that being put to the back of the field really didn’t seem so bad,” said Lapcevich. “The car was amazing. I could pass under braking almost at will. We were definitely on the move.”

Lapcevich started on the outside lane in each of the race’s starts and restarts after caution periods. Each time he gained positions by making challenging passes on the outside.

He methodically picked off cars lap after lap moving towards the front. With just a few laps to go he ran seventh right behind a trio of competitors. A full-course caution allowed him the opportunity to restart among the leaders.

NASCAR officials announced the restart would be the only attempt at a green-white-checker finish. The drivers knew this was their only opportunity to make a move.

“The restart couldn’t have worked out better except I had to race on the outside of Buck” said Lapcevich. “I was right up to the fourth place on the outside going into turn one, and then I got wrecked. Usually Robin’s late-race desperation costs him, but this time it ruined our race.

“He’s been wrecking us for a lot of years now. JR Fitzpatrick (fellow NASCAR racer) was right when he said that racing with Robin is like being in a demolition derby.”

“Once I got into the wall I knew we were finished. I hit hard, and the car didn’t feel the same afterwards. The front end was definitely bent. After that it was a matter of just surviving to the finish.”

Lapcevich remains fifth in the season points standings despite his disappointing result. The team will miss the series’ western Canadian swing of two races in favour of competing in ‘The Grands’ with his boys Cayden and Treyten in their quarter midget race cars.

For more information on the Lapcevich racing family visit LapcevichRacing.com.