Team press release by Adam Ross
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