Jeff Lapcevich continues his CASCAR road course domination at Mosport Int'l Raceway OSHAWA, ON - Jeff Lapcevich is CASCAR's undisputed king of the road courses. Following his win in today's Clarington 200 at the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Mosport Int'l...
Jeff Lapcevich continues his CASCAR road course domination at Mosport Int'l Raceway
OSHAWA, ON - Jeff Lapcevich is CASCAR's undisputed king of the road courses. Following his win in today's Clarington 200 at the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Mosport Int'l Raceway, the Tim Horton's / Fastline Chevy driver has won the past three CASCAR Super Series road races. Lapcevich won both CASCAR outings at the Toronto and Vancouver Indys in '03.
On Sunday afternoon, the Caistor Centre, ON driver started fourth in the field of 25 who took the green flag for the Super Series' fourth race of the season and passed race leader Don Thomson Jr. on lap 18 of the 51-lap chase. Lapcevich stayed out while many of his rivals for the victory pitted. During that time, he was able to amass a considerable lead prior to making his one and only stop, on lap 31. His lead was so big, in fact, that he was able to stop for two tires and fuel and still return to the track with a large gap between himself and second-place driver Peter Gibbons, in his Canadian Tire Chevy.
Lapcevich's decision to take on only two tires contributed significantly to his win, as his rivals spent more time in the pits taking on four tires during their green-flag stops. Many of them were counting on a caution flag to appear, following their stops, to nullify the disadvantage of their lengthy pit visits. But it never came. The race was slowed by just one early caution for a total of three laps.
At the finish, Lapcevich cruised past the checkered flag over 21 seconds ahead of Gibbons. Don Thomson's Home Hardware Chevy came home third, five seconds back of Gibbons. For Thomson, it was the first podium finish of the season for the three-time National champion.
Following four CASCAR Super Series races in '04, Gibbons leads the points chase after posting a pair of wins, a second and a fifth in the first third of the schedule. Avenue / NMT Dodge driver Dave Whitlock is second, 28 points behind Gibbons.
The Clarington 200 was the fourth Super Series race in as many weekends. The teams will enjoy next weekend off as they prepare for their return to Cayuga 2000 Speedway for the Canada Day Shootout on the July 3-4 weekend.
UNOFFICIAL SUPER SERIES POINT STANDINGS AFTER 4 OF 12 EVENTS: 1. #1 Peter Gibbons (641 pts.); 2. #39 Dave Whitlock (613); 3. #4 Don Thomson Jr. (609); 4. #23 Jeff Lapcevich (571); 5. #02 Kerry Micks (570); 6. #22 Scott Steckly (550); 6. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (550); 8. #64 Mark Dilley (548); 9. #19 Brad Graham (534); 10. #25 Jim Lapcevich (496); 11. #17 DJ Kennington (493); 12. #55 Rob Graham (482); 13. #10 Doug Brown (476); 14. #50 Pete Shepherd Jr. (471); 15. #3 Mark Swain (454).