Lapcevich wins Canadian Tire 100 CASCAR Super Series race at the Vancouver Indy VANCOUVER, BC - Jeff Lapcevich extended his unprecedented streak of CASCAR road course wins to five on Saturday afternoon at the Vancouver Indy when he led all 35...
Lapcevich wins Canadian Tire 100 CASCAR Super Series race at the Vancouver Indy
VANCOUVER, BC - Jeff Lapcevich extended his unprecedented streak of CASCAR road course wins to five on Saturday afternoon at the Vancouver Indy when he led all 35 laps of the Canadian Tire 100. The Tim Hortons / Fastline Chevy driver was challenged by three-time and defending CASCAR champion Don Thomson Jr. for a half-dozen laps in the middle of the 35 lap race, but a failed passing move on lap 23 damaged the nose of his Home Hardware Chevy and he was no longer able to keep up with Lapcevich.
Over the remaining laps, the Caistor Centre, ON driver was able to stretch out a comfortable lead and took the checkered flag almost three seconds in front of Thomson, who also finished second to Lapcevich two weeks ago in Toronto. Thomson was heartened by the result, however, given that he came from eighth on the starting grid to record a runner-up finish on the 12-turn temporary street circuit at Concord Pacific Place.
Third place went to Kerry Micks, driver of the Power Water Ford Taurus. The Mt. Albert, ON racer ran fourth for most of the event but was able to get past Super Series points leader Peter Gibbons on the last lap to fight his way onto the podium. In spite of losing the spot, Gibbons' result was a solid one considering his crew worked for most of the afternoon, on Saturday, to repair the team's Canadian Tire Chevy following a heavy crash in the morning qualifying session.
With a sixth-place result, Trevor Siebert of Williams Lake, BC was the top finishing western competitor in the Canadian Tire 100. Snap On Tools / GE Chevy driver Mark Swain completed the race in 13th-place, which was tops among the rookie racers in the field.
Following the seventh of 12 events, Gibbons has a slim, 15-point lead over Thomson in the chase for the championship (1090 points to 1075). On the strength of his three road course wins so far in '04, Lapcevich sits tied for third in the points with three-time National champ Dave Whitlock. With 1053 points, both are still very much in contention as the series heads to Calgary for next weekend's MOPAR 500 Race Weekend at Race City Motorsport Park. Whitlock is the defending winner of that race.
<pre> SUPER SERIES POINT STANDINGS / AFTER 7 of 12 EVENTS (UNOFFICIAL): Pos # Driver Points 1. 1 Peter Gibbons 1090 2. 4 Don Thomson Jr. 1075 3. 23 Jeff Lapcevich 1053 3. 39 Dave Whitlock 1053 5. 02 Kerry Micks 1022 6. 64 Mark Dilley 968 7. 60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. 952 8. 22 Scott Steckly 931 9. 19 Brad Graham 918 10. 17 DJ Kennington 891 11. 50 Pete Shepherd III 860 12. 55 Rob Graham 849 13. 84 J.R. Fitzpatrick 832 14. 25 Jeff Lapcevich 828 15. 88 Dave Jacombs 804