INNISFIL, ON- Third-generation star Cayden Lapcevich fashioned a highlight reel performance at Sunset Speedway’s ‘Championship Night’ on September 13th. ‘The Prodigy’ entered the event as the Super Stock point leader – ahead by a single marker – and charged from 14th on the starting grid to win the 50-lap season finale and clinch his first career championship.
“This might have been the best car I’ve ever driven”, smiled an overjoyed Lapcevich upon emerging from his race-winning ride. “I’m at a loss for words right now. I can’t believe how good this car was tonight. We knew we were going to have our work cut out for us heading into the feature, and Randy [Rusnell] certainly didn’t make it easy. It was an awesome race”
The race win marked Cayden’s 5th of the season – a fitting conclusion to what has undeniably been a breakout campaign for the 14-year old.
“I can’t possibly thank my Mom and Dad and the rest of the team for the year we’ve had”, said Lapcevich. “Five feature wins, against this level of competition, is amazing. We came into this season just hoping to improve on our results from 2013. I could never have imagined putting together a year like this”
Upon clearing post-race inspection, and officially becoming the 2014 Sunset Speedway Super Stock champion, Lapcevich was quick to reflect on just how close the battle was.
“This was the closest points battle I’ve ever been a part of”, explained the high-school student. “The whole division seemed to step their game up this season. I learned a lot from every single driver I raced with this year”
“When we wrecked hard in July, I thought our chance at the championship was over”, admitted Lapcevich. “It put us in a pretty deep hole, as far as the points went, but we battled our way out of it. We practically lived in the shop this Summer just making sure the car was where we wanted it to be every Saturday. It’s all worth it now. It paid off in a big way”
The youngest Super Stock champion in Sunset International Speedway will now take a well-earned break, before returning to competition at Sunset’s ‘Velocity 250’ weekend on September 27th and 28th.
Cayden’s 2014 championship campaign has been powered by Tim Hortons, Troy Cove Marine, Springers Meats, EPIC Racewear by OnePromo.ca and Cathcart Trucking.
Fans can follow Cayden on Twitter @CaydenLapcevich or at his official Cayden Lapcevich Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)