SCC: Team Fastline Delaware, Birmingham race notes

London, Ontario -- Fastline Motorsports team drivers Jeff and Jim Lapcevich spent the weekend apart. Jeff Lapcevich traveled to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on the weekend to compete in the Barber Park Twin 200's Grand-Am Cup ...

London, Ontario -- Fastline Motorsports team drivers Jeff and Jim Lapcevich spent the weekend apart. Jeff Lapcevich traveled to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on the weekend to compete in the Barber Park Twin 200's Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series. Jim Lapcevich competed at the first CASCAR Super Series Racing event of the season, the MOPAR 300 at Delaware Speedway in London, Ontario.

In Alabama, Team drivers Jeff Lapcevich of Caistor Centre, Ontario and David Brown of Pahrump, Nevada finished in 13th position at the Barber Park 200 Grand Sport race in the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series in the Grand Sport II class on Saturday.

Planet Earth Motorsports team as the father-son duo of Joe and Wayne Nonnamaker took home their third Grand Sport II victory of the season.

The Grand-Am Cup Series will return to action at California Speedway for the Grand-Am Cup 250, June 6-8. This weekend's Barber Park Twin 200s will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on May 31 at 1 p.m. ET.

In London, Ontario Team Fastline driver Jim Lapcevich from Hamilton, Ontario driving the Fastline Motorsports #25 Chevrolet Monte Carlo finished in 17th position in Sunday's MOPAR 300 at Delaware Speedway.

Three-time CASCAR Super Series National champion Dave Whitlock of Wyoming, Ontario driving the APC / Artcal Dodge Intrepid won the MOPAR 300. Don Thomson Jr. from Hamilton, Ontario in the Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo finished second. Third place went to Neil Fair racing the Skoal Inc. / Mac's Dodge Intrepid from Ancaster, Ontario. UFCW Canada Racing for a Cure Team, driver Kerry Micks from Mt. Albert, Ontario driving a Ford Taurus finished in 4th place.

"We had a top five car this weekend. I am not happy with our finish, or the fact we collided with a car, that was several laps down puncturing the radiator," explained Jim Lapcevich. "However, we did prove again that we do have a team that can win races. I don't know if we had a 1st place car but we were running with the best of them until we overheated and had motor problems," he added.

Lapcevich started the race from a 18th place qualifying position, and by lap 100 had moved to 4th position.

At lap 144 Lapcevich entered pit road for a pit stop. The crew changed the right side tires and fueled the car and when the race resumed he was in 14th position.

The race was red flagged at lap 155 with Lapcevich running in 10th position Steve Robblee lost his brakes when on the way into the first turn and slammed the outside wall at speed, which sent his car tumbling down the banking.

When the race restarted at lap 157 and teams had pitted, Lapcevich was in 5th place trailing Brad Graham, Kerry Micks, Dave Whitlock and Pete Vanderwyst's Exide Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix.

It took Lapcevich just 190 laps to move the Fastline Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the front of the field and lead the race for 15 laps in front of a crowd of over 10,000 spectators at the half-mile, London area oval.

At lap 205 Don Thomson Jr. passed Lapcevich for the lead and the battle was on between Thompson Jr., Whitlock, Graham, Fair, Vanderwyst, Micks, Steckly and Lapcevich unfortunately at lap 278 Lapcevich's car retired after overheating which created engine problems.

"Everything was coming together for a great finish at our first race of the year," stated Jim Lapcevich. "The crew were great and we have always had good luck with our AP Racing Engines. It's just unfortunate," he added.

Team Fastline are looking forward to the next event of the 2003 season and racing for the CASCAR Super Series National Championship at Peterborough Speedway in Peterborough, Ontario on Saturday, June 7th.

Fastline Motorsports is a competitive first class, two-car race team that will contend for the CASCAR Super Series racing championship in 2003. Team drivers Jeff and Jim Lapcevich demonstrate the ability, professionalism, and confidence necessary to make an assault on the CASCAR crown.

Established in 1981, CASCAR (Canadian Association for Stock Car Racing) is the only National stock car racing governing body for amateur and professional stock car racing in Canada

In 2002, driver Jim Lapcevich won the Mopar Parts 500 in Calgary, Alberta and followed that with a 2nd place finish at the Molson Indy in Vancouver. Jeff Lapcevich's best CASCAR finish was a fourth place at the prestigious Molson Indy in Toronto in 2001. In addition to a full-time CASCAR schedule in 2002, he also ran and won the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series Championship.

The CASCAR series will compete at 12 race venues across Canada including Molson Indy Toronto and Vancouver and will broadcast these, the largest Canadian Stock Car racing events to a National television audience coast to coast in Canada on Roger's Sportsnet and across the USA and Canada on SPEED Channel.

Fastline Motorsports is sponsored by Day & Campbell, Fast Eddie Racewear, Gates Canada, Pepsi-Cola, Quickclic.net, Retrocom Growth Fund, Royal Purple, Springer's Meats, Tim Hortons and Troy Cove Marine to compete for the 2003 CASCAR Super Series Racing Championship.

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Series GRANDAM , NASCAR-CDN
Drivers Dave Whitlock , Neil Fair , Brad Graham , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr. , Jim Lapcevich , David Brown , Jeff Lapcevich