BARRIE, ON- NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 veteran Jeff Lapcevich recovered from an early incident at Barrie Speedway’s Wahta Springs 300, eventually working his way back through the field to a 5th place finish in Round 10 of the 2014 schedule.
Lapcevich’s evening appeared to be over when he made contact with the turn-1 wall on lap-93, though he pulled away from the incident and worked feverishly to recover.
“Someone lost a rear-end right in front of us, and we got caught in the oil that was let down and ended up in the wall”, explained Lapcevich.
“We hit hard. At that moment, I was certain our night was over”, continued the veteran. “But, as I was pulling it back to the pits, I realized the steering wheel was still straight. So, we changed the right-side tires that were flat and kept on going”
The No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge lost a lap in the incident, though a lucky dog pass would put Lapcevich back on the lead lap and allow for the veteran to race his way back through the tightly-grouped field.
“The team really pulled through and got us back in the race”, said Lapcevich. “They made all the right adjustments, so once we finally got our lap back we were able to race our way into a good spot”
“Seeing the body after the race, I’m not sure you’d know we were a fifth place car tonight”, laughed Lapcevich. “It’s a little used up – but that’s the way it goes at Barrie sometimes. A top-5 here is a strong finish for us, and now we get to regroup and get ready to do it all over again at Kawartha”
The Fastline Motorsports team will close out the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season at Kawartha Speedway’s Pinty’s 250 on September 20th. Details, including gate times and ticket prices can be found at www.KawarthaSpeedway.com.
Jeff Lapcevich’s 2014 efforts would not be possible without the support of Tim Hortons, Castrol, Cathcart Trucking, Troy Cove Marine, EpicRacewear by OnePromo.ca and Springer’s Meats.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)