TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC- Jeff Lapcevich rebounded from engine difficulties in time trials, survived a pair of late-race tangles and limped home with a bruised racecar to salvage his sixth straight top-10 finish in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ war through the streets of Trois-Rivières.
The Grimsby, ON veteran qualified in the 13th position, but wasted little time in re-acclimating himself to the demanding Trois-Rivières street circuit, racing up to the top five and running amongst the leaders for much of the event’s second half.
“My team was phenomenal in helping me turn things around after qualifying”, explained Lapcevich. “We started a lot deeper than we would have liked to, but my guys never gave up, and were able to make the necessary adjustments to put us back into contention”
A late restart tussle with another competitor knocked the toe out on Lapcevich’s Tim Hortons-sponsored Dodge, shuffling him back to sixth spot.
A final lap caution would lead to a dramatic Green-White-Checkered finish, with Lapcevich again finding himself on the short end of another racing mishap. Despite a multitude of body damage and a broken shock, Lapcevich expertly guided his wounded car through the final lap and mustered a ninth place result.
“I’m proud of my team, but I definitely feel as though we had a car strong enough to contend for a podium finish. We had a couple of drivers use us up today, and it took its toll on our equipment. When I look at the damage we incurred, I’m pleased with what we were able to accomplish”
Lapcevich will return to competition with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on September 1st, when Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
To learn more about Jeff and the Tim Hortons/Castrol/Cathcart Trucking/Troy Cove Marine/Springers Meats sponsored Dodge, visit www.LapcevichRacing.com .
From: Spencer Lewis