GRIMSBY, ON- When the lift gate drops on the Fastline Motorsports hauler on Saturday, September 20th to signal the unofficial beginning to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway, there’s a good chance it will carry extra significance for veteran Jeff Lapcevich.
That’s because the road course specialist turned NCATS fan favourite is unsure if he’ll be back behind the wheel of the No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge when the series rolls into Kawartha in 2015.
“We’ve got a lot of things up in the air for next season”, explains Lapcevich. “There’s quite a few different directions we could end up going in, but one of them is splitting the NCATS ride between myself and my son Cayden”
If that is indeed the plan for next season, Lapcevich would find himself concentrating on the road course events while Cayden becomes accustomed to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on the oval tracks.
“There hasn’t been anything set in stone yet, but if this weekend really is my last start at Kawartha, I want to make sure I give my guys something to remember me by”, smiles the personable veteran.
Lapcevich’s oval program is as stout as any, as evidence by the Grimsby, ON driver’s podium finish at Kawartha Speedway just one year ago.
“Our car always seems to hook up well at Kawartha”, says Lapcevich. “We were fast here in 2013. We ran up front all afternoon and just couldn’t quite make a move for the win late in the going. Hopefully we can find some speed early in practice, make the right adjustments and qualify close enough to the front so that we don’t have to burn our stuff up coming through the field”
The veteran has not finished outside of the top-10 at Kawartha since 2009, and will enter the Pinty’s 250 with hopes of securing his fifth top-5 finish of the 2014 campaign.
To learn more about Jeff and the rest of the Fastline Motorsports team, follow @LapcevichRacing on Twitter.
Jeff Lapcevich’s 2014 season is powered by Tim Hortons, Castrol, Cathcart Trucking, Troy Cove Marine, EpicRacewear by OnePromo.ca and Springer’s Meats.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)