GRIMSBY, ON- After an incredible freshman season that concluded with a Sunset Speedway MIGHTY division championship, 12-year old Treyten Lapcevich has announced he will move to the Super Stock division fulltime in 2016.
The third-generation racer captured four feature wins in Sunset’s entry level division last season, becoming the youngest champion in speedway history at 11-years of age.
“It’s tough to explain just how much last season taught me,” smiles the crowd favourite. “As much as I thought it was going to be a huge learning curve, it turned out to be even bigger than I could ever have imagined. Every week we were working on something new and just doing everything we could to make our program better”
“In a lot of ways, I think 2016 is going to be exactly the same. Every Saturday will just be about picking up as many laps as we can and getting a little bit better every time we leave the trailer”
Following a season spent racing with some of the province’s emerging talent, Treyten knows that his rookie campaign with Sunset’s lauded Super Stock division will be a considerable step up in competition.
“The MIGHTY division had a lot of really good talent, and we all sort of got better together,” explains Lapcevich. “We all improved every week, and it made things a lot tougher every single Saturday. It was a steady learning curve – which is going to be completely different from what I’m going to be up against this season. The whole Super Stock roster is full of guys that can win on any night – and a lot of them have been winning races in a Super Stock for longer than I’ve been alive”
And, although brother Cayden Lapcevich is a two-time Sunset Speedway champion, Treyten insists that he’s in no hurry to start drawing his own comparisons to his older sibling.
“I’m not going to spend a minute this season comparing myself to Cayden,” says Treyten. “What he was able to do in the Super Stock division is pretty incredible, but we’re two different people. He’s always set the bar high for all of us, and I’m just hoping to learn from him and work with him as much as I can to get our program pointed in the right direction as quickly as I can”
“As long as we can come to the speedway and have fun, I’ll be happy,” continues the well-spoken middle-school student. “I learned so much last season and I’m hoping I can keep learning and keep getting better this summer. Winning the MIGHTY championship was an awesome experience – but we’re not going to spend this season living in the past. This is an entirely new challenge, and I can’t wait to get started on practice day.”
Fans can keep up with Treyten throughout the offseason by visiting the official Treyten Lapcevich Racing page on Facebook.
Treyten and team are proud to represent Castrol, Cathcart Trucking, Springers Meats, EPIC Racewear and Troy Cove Marine.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)