Vancouver: Saturday qualifying summary

Lapcevich smashes Vancouver qualifying record to earn the pole for Canadian Tire 100 VANCOUVER, BC - On Saturday morning, Jeff Lapcevich carved almost a full second off his best Friday lap time to defend his pole starting position for Saturday...

Lapcevich smashes Vancouver qualifying record to earn the pole for Canadian Tire 100

VANCOUVER, BC - On Saturday morning, Jeff Lapcevich carved almost a full second off his best Friday lap time to defend his pole starting position for Saturday afternoon's Canadian Tire 100 CASCAR Super Series race at the Vancouver Indy.

In the process, the Tim Hortons / Fastline Chevy driver destroyed the existing CASCAR track record at the temporary Concord Pacific Place street circuit. The Caistor Centre, ON resident stormed around the 12-turn track in a time of 1 minute and 22.962 seconds, bettering his Friday provisional time of 1:23.810. Lapcevich is the defending Canadian Tire 100 race winner and has been dominant in CASCAR road course competition for the past year.

Starting second in today's 35-lap feature race will be Canadian Tire Chevy driver Peter Gibbons; the current CASCAR points leader. The Stouffville, ON racer slammed into a tire barrier early in Saturday's final qualifying session, and his team spent much of the 45-minute period repairing bodywork and straightening suspension components. Gibbons took to the track in the final minutes of the session and posted a pair of quick laps in his battered racer. His second hot lap was good enough to nab second on the grid (1:23.750).

Kevin Dowler will line up third in his EMCO Ford, alongside of Power Water Ford driver Kerry Micks. Three-time and defending CASCAR National champion Don Thomson Jr. experienced engine trouble and will have a new powerplant under the hood of his Home Hardware Chevy for Saturday afternoon's feature race. The engine change caused Thomson's best Saturday lap to be thrown out, leaving him eighth on the starting grid based on his fastest lap on Friday.

The Canadian Tire 100 CASCAR Super Series race is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

POLE NOTES: Jeff Lapcevich's new pole record is indicative of the overall improvement the CASCAR Super Series teams have made in their four appearances at the Vancouver Indy. Al Turner's pole-winning effort in 2001 was 1 minute and 25.465 seconds, which would have only been good enough for the 14th-best starting position in today's race. Lapcevich's new pole record (1:22.962) eclipsed the old record (1:23.547) which was set by Kevin Dowler in 2002.

CASCAR 100 TORONTO INDY TELEVISION BROADCAST: The CASCAR 100 CASCAR Super Series race at the Toronto Indy will air starting Monday, Aug. 2 on SPORTSNET (ONTARIO & EAST) at 7:00 p.m. Viewers of SPORTSNET WEST & PACIFIC can catch the race starting the same night (Aug. 2) at 8 p.m. Check your local listings and www.cascar.ca/schedule/tv_schedule.html for subsequent airings.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Kevin Dowler , Peter Gibbons , Kerry Micks , Al Turner , Don Thomson Jr. , Jeff Lapcevich