INNISFIL, ON- Fresh off of his second victory of the 2014 season on May 24th, Cayden Lapcevich worked traffic with veteran precision, earning a top-3 finish in a feature event marred by cautions.
“I can’t remember the last time we unloaded at Sunset where this car wasn’t on rails”, smiled Cayden upon clearing post-race inspection. “I’ve said it before, these guys just keep making this car better and better. I don’t know how they do it”
The 14-year old started outside Row 7 by virtue of his feature victory the week before, and survived a number of early-race incidents to make his way into the top-10 early.
“The feature started out a little crazier than what we’re used to”, admitted Lapcevich. “I’m not sure if guys were looking to try and win this on the first lap or what, but it took 3 attempts to get through the first lap. We had to be careful not to get caught in someone’s mess early on. From there on, I got the feeling it might be a long night”
‘The Prodigy’ bided his time after a trio of restarts, working his way to the 6th position by the time the first lap had been officially recorded. Unfortunately, the pace of the race would be continually disrupted, with single-file restarts the order of the night.
“The cautions killed us tonight”, stated Lapcevich matter-of-factly. “We had a long run car. It was fine in short spurts, but if we had a long green flag run early on, we would have had something for the leaders”
“I understand why Race Control made the call for single file restarts”, offered the well-spoken teenager. “It didn’t seem as though anybody wanted to play the give and take game tonight. But restarting single file makes it awfully tough to improve your position. We had to work hard for every spot we took tonight”
Lapcevich would continue to pick his way through the field, reaching the top-3 before running out of time in the 30-lap event.
“Any night where you start as deep as we did and finish in the top-3 is a good one”, opined Lapcevich. “This is a marathon, not a sprint. This whole team would love more than anything to win the Super Stock championship, and the only way we’ll be able to do it is with nights like these”
“After a rough night like tonight, you look around and see all the good equipment that was torn up, and it makes you awfully grateful that your car’s in one piece. We’re very happy with the third place finish”
Cayden Lapcevich’s 2014 season is made possible thanks to continued support from Tim Hortons, Troy Cove Marine, Springers Meats, EPIC Racewear by OnePromo.ca and Cathcart Trucking.
‘The Prodigy’ will enjoy a well-deserved off-night on June 7th, before returning to action at Sunset Speedway on June 14th. Gate times and ticket prices for Cayden’s next event are available at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca
Fans can follow Cayden on Twitter @CaydenLapcevich or at his official Cayden Lapcevich Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)