INNISFIL, ON- Reigning Sunset Speedway Super Stock champion Cayden Lapcevich earned his second victory of the young 2015 season on May 23rd. During post-race ceremonies, ‘The Prodigy’ confirmed that his family-owned No. 76 will compete for a second straight division championship.
The announcement comes weeks after Lapcevich regretfully confirmed that – due to scheduling conflicts with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series – he would be unable to commit to Sunset for a fulltime championship run.
“The more we look at the Sunset schedule, the more it’s starting to look like we’re going to make a run at defending this championship,” explained Lapcevich in victory lane.
“The rules allow you to use a replacement driver for two events, which would allow our car to be here for every points night,” continued the 15-year old. “We have our eye on a couple drivers that we’d like to tab as replacements – but we haven’t made our decision yet”
“It would mean the world to me to defend our championship. This division is better than it has been in years,” said Lapcevich. “The competition is second to none and it’s getting tougher and tougher to win one of these races. These guys push you every single week – I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season plays out”
Lapcevich’s second victory of the season was a workmanlike performance, with ‘The Prodigy’ starting deep in the 26-car field and working his way to the front with the stylistic finesse that has made him a household name in a remarkably short time span.
“I swear this car gets better every time we roll off the line up lane,” exclaimed an exhausted Lapcevich upon climbing from his winning ride. “This division is so tough. All of these drivers improve on a week-to-week basis. If you don’t evolve with them – you get left behind”
“My guys have worked like animals this week,” explained Lapcevich. “I can’t possibly thank them enough. We ran double duty tonight, with the Pro Late Model and the Super Stock, and they gave me two cars capable of winning”
“The amount of hours this team puts in for me is incredible. They want to win every bit as much as I do – and that’s a huge motivator”
“Getting wrecked late in the Pro Late Model race was a huge disappointment. But, as soon as I got back to the pits and saw how ready my guys were to go out and win the Super Stock feature – it put me right back into the right frame of mind”
He went on to explain that the race’s multiple cautions are, ultimately, what aided him in chasing down the race leaders.
“Coming through the field here can always be risky if you’re not careful,” said Lapcevich. “There are two grooves, and you can race side-by-side, but if you push things or try to create space when there isn’t any you can tear your stuff up in a hurry”
“Fortunately, the cautions seemed to fall our way this time. Every restart we were able to keep moving forward and picking up positions”
“I’ve been on the other end of that some nights – where the cautions work against you. So it was nice to have them fall our way.”
Cayden will return to action at Sunset Speedway on May 30th when the Super Stocks take to the track for their 4th points-paying event of 2015.
Details, including advanced ticket sales, can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
Cayden Lapcevich’s 2015 season is made possible thanks to the support of Tim Hortons,Castrol, Cathcart Trucking, Springers Meats, EPIC Racewear and Troy Cove Marine.
Fans can keep up with ‘The Prodigy’ by following him on Twitter @CaydenLapcevich and visiting the official Cayden Lapcevich Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)