BOWMANVILLE, ON – Eager to rebound from an EMCO 200 performance plagued by tire issues, Jeff Lapcevich and the Fastline Motorsports team unloaded at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park focused on contending for victory in the Clarington 200.
“We learned alot about our oval program at Delaware”, explained Lapcevich. “We found a tonne of speed through the second half of that race and it helped our set-up immensely heading into Canadian Tire Motorsports Park”
The Grimsby, ON veteran turned in a strong eighth place qualifying effort, putting the #76 Tim Hortons Dodge outside Row 4 on the starting grid.
Lapcevich wasted little time working his way through the field, infiltrating the top-three before the race’s halfway point.
“Our team gave me such a great car. It was an absolute bullet right from the drop of the green, we were headed for the front and it felt as though we had a car that would be able to compete at the front without even pushing our equipment”
Unfortunately for Lapcevich, much like at Delaware Speedway a week earlier, poor fortune would once again impact an otherwise impressive performance. The panhard bar shifted just past lap-100, greatly affecting the car’s handling.
“Once the bar shifted, it was a handful just to keep the car on the racetrack. It was a struggle through the last 80-laps. I haven’t had to work that hard behind the wheel in a long time”
Lapcevich would soldier on for an 8th place finish, marking his third top-10 of the 2013 season.
“It’s frustrating to start a race that strong and not be able to compete for a win. However, given the circumstances, I’m happy with a top-10 finish.”
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