By: Ashley McCubbin
INNISFIL, Ontario — After showing speed in both races at Sunset Speedway, Treyten Lapcevich unfortunately did not get the results he would have preferred.
Lapcevich put the No. 20 Qwick Wick / RGC Sports entry out front to start the first event, hopeful of scoring his first career victory. However, contact on a Lap 85 restart from Pete Shepherd resulted in him turned around in turn two. He would rebound to place ninth.
“The first race was pretty frustrating there getting spun while going for the lead,” Lapcevich told NEWS FROM THE PITS at the end of the night. “I was probably going to clear him off of two, but I guess we’ll never know. I felt like we had a really good car there; it was just about waiting on it as they were all coming back to me.”
The second race saw him take a more conservative approach, running just inside the top-five through the first half. With each lap he ran, though, he continued to gain ground on his competitors, moving into second with 40 to go.
He would draw closer to Raphael Lessard as the laps wound down, making his move with three laps to go. Unfortunately, it did not pan out with the No. 20 going around in turn three.
“Then the second race there, we had a ton of speed where we could run them down at the end and we just touched, both getting loose there, and I ended up richoeting off his left rear and ended with me spun out,” he added.
Now with four starts under his belt, all coming at his home track, Lapcevich has scored three top-five’s and no finishes worse than ninth. Knowing his first full tour lies ahead of him, the confidence is growing.
“It definitely helps,” he commented. “I know we definitely had the fastest car here. We were quick in the first race, and showed it on the long green flag there in the second. Honestly, I think if there was more green flag runs in both races, we would’ve been really able to show what we had. (We) defiantly have a lot of confidence going into the rest of the year.”