INNISFIL, ON- Third-generation driver Cayden Lapcevich appeared on his way to contending for his third feature victory of the Super Stock season on June 14th, unfortunately, contact whilst battling for the lead left ‘The Prodigy’ with a battered race car and his first DNF of 2014.
“This definitely isn’t how we saw our night ending”, offered a visibly disappointed Lapcevich, motioning to his badly damaged car. “I really feel it for my team, because they gave me a fantastic car tonight. They went above and beyond to give us a competitive car, and I hate that it turned out the way it did”
Lapcevich’s night ended abruptly on the final turn of the final lap, as he raced alongside reigning Sunset champion Randy Rusnell. Both drivers jostled for position as they made their final push to the checkered flag, when contact was made that sent Lapcevich careening across the racetrack.
“I have no idea what happened”, said Lapcevich post-race. “We were dead even coming off of [turn] four, and the next thing I know I’m spinning towards the inside retaining wall”
The 14-year old managed to keep his car off the wall, but was struck by oncoming traffic that had no chance of avoiding the prone No. 76.
“I barely had enough time to realize what had happened before we got hit”, explained Lapcevich.”The car’s tore up, it’ll need a rear clip before we can get back racing again”
“We had a car capable of contending for the win, and instead we needed a wrecker just to get us back to our pit pad”, concluded Lapcevich.
As Cayden worked alongside his team to load his wounded ride, he made sure to offer his opinion on the current state of the Super Stock division.
“We’re better than this. This division is full of talented drivers, and we don’t have to race like this. Tearing up cars this way isn’t good for anyone. I think the fans wanted to see a last lap shootout between two of the best cars on the property, and they didn’t get that”
“This isn’t going to keep us down”, said Lapcevich. “We’ll go home and take a look at the damage. We’ll fix what we have to, and we’ll be sure to be even faster the next time we unload here”
Cayden will have a pair of off-weeks to perform repairs, before returning to competition at Sunset Speedway on July 5th.
Cayden Lapcevich’s 2014 season would not be possible without the support of Tim Hortons, Troy Cove Marine, Springers Meats, EPIC Racewear by OnePromo.ca and Cathcart Trucking.
Fans can follow Cayden on Twitter @CaydenLapcevich or at his official Cayden Lapcevich Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)