Cayden Lapcevich is a typical 12-year-old, dealing with the challenges that every grade seven student is given. When he’s at school, his favourite subject is geography.
Beyond being at school, Cayden enjoys playing sports, dirt biking, ATVing, hanging out with friends and racing.
Since the age of five, Cayden has been racing quarter midgets throughout the United States, having success as he has won multiple championships already. After winning numerous championships, Cayden says his dad made the decision for him to move up to the next level.
“I had a fun time racing the quarter midgets,” he says. “They were getting a bit boring so my dad tried to find a different car to race and he found this.”
His dad, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series competitor Jeff Lapcevich, says that Cayden never ceases to amaze him.
“I’ve seen him win from the back, win from the front,” Jeff says. “I’ve seen him barrel roll out of the park, land in the hot dog stand and come back and win. He’s relentless; he doesn’t give up. He’s got a huge passion that I’ve never seen anywhere else. He doesn’t like to lose, but he’s just got an amazing feel.”
The Grimsby, Ontario driver made his Sunset International Speedway Super Stock debut on May 5th. Cayden is part of a recent shift of younger drivers making the move into the Super Stock division, including last year’s champion, 16-year-old Lane Zardo.
So far this season, Cayden says that he is having a good time.
“We got a good car,” he says. “It’s been fun so far.”
On the first night of racing, he finished fifth in the first heat, though suffered mechanical issues in the feature.
On May 12th, he finished fourth in his first heat and finished fifth in the feature after battling side-by-side with Lane for the lead.
Though the third night of racing on May 19th was when he won the crowd over as he led 25 laps before contact with Shawn Chenoworth while battling for the lead sent him for a spin. He was able to bounce back to an eighth place finish.
A week later on the 26th, he would once again lead most of the race (27 laps) before being passed by Herb Walters. He would come home with a second place finish.
Racing runs in the Lapcevich family as Jeff Lapcevich is running the full NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule this year and is an accomplished racer himself. Cayden calls his dad his racing hero as his dad has taught him everything he knows about racing.
Lapcevich’s grandpa Joe also raced himself and is one of the key people behind his racing effort this season. Beyond his grandpa and his dad, Cayden would like to thank include his crew chief Jeff Walt, Brian, his uncle Jimmy and his mom for their help.
While he’ll have the eyes of his family and crew on him, there will also be a lot of other people watching, too, due to the last name.
“There’s a bit of pressure here and there,” Cayden says. “It’s not hard to deal with. I just try to race.”
For this season, Cayden is hoping to get a heat win or possibly even a feature win. He would also like to finish in the top 10 in points.
A lot of young kids are looking at Cayden, surprised that he is behind the wheel. To them he says, “Keep working at what you want to do in life. If you keep trying, it might happen.”