Sun Valley 150 Easterner Nik Lapcevich wins inaugural race at Sun Valley CASCAR Castrol Super Series West / Round ...
Sun Valley 150
Easterner Nik Lapcevich wins inaugural race at Sun Valley
CASCAR Castrol Super Series West / Round #5
Sun Valley Motor Speedway // August 12, 2000
VERNON, BC - Following the two Alberta rounds of the CASCAR Castrol National Super Series were finished, at the end of July, all of the Eastern-based teams returned 'home' for the Aug. 6 event at Autodrome St-Eustache. All of the teams, that is, except for one. Hamilton, Ontario's Nik Lapcevich and the crew of the #5 Kenworth (Hamilton) Chevrolet Monte Carlo actually headed even further west to prepare for the inaugural race at the new Sun Valley Motor Speedway, in Vernon, BC.
And following Sunday's 150 lap feature race, the decision by Lapcevich and his team proved to be the right one. Last year's CASCAR Castrol Super Series National rookie of the year took the lead on lap 103 and managed to hold off the father and son team of Carl and Daryl Harr to take his first Super Series victory.
A capacity crowd of over 7,000 fans jammed the sparkling new facility for a spectacular race that featured a back and forth race-long battle between Kevin Dowler and Wade Lee, but it was Lapcevich who emerged victorious.
Sun Valley 150 Notes: CASCAR president Bill Darmon was on hand for the first race at Sun Valley Motor Speedway, as was Eastern / National Super Series announcer Ron St. Clair, who was brought in to announce the race, courtesy of CanadaTrader.com. Kevin Dowler posted the fastest time during time trials (18. 581 secs.) but started third following an inversion of the top three qualifiers. Defending Super Series West champion Steve Jefferson tagged the wall hard during practice for the Sun Valley 150 and couldn't get his #5 Mopar Batteries / Sandman Inns Intrepid back into shape by racetime. Initially, Nik Lapcevich's car was entered into the event as the #5E. But following Jefferson's incident, the E (East) designation was removed from Lapcevich's car - which was 'rented' by Jefferson's team for the day - so that Jefferson team could collect 'owner' points. Dowler's car suffered a burned plug wire late in the race and he lost a lap in the pits while his team made the change. Kim Richard endured carburetor problems at Sun Valley and completed just 11 laps.
Gil Gillette, who usually drives the #81 car, sported a #7 on Saturday to gather 'owner' points for fellow driver James MacFarlane.
<pre> CASCAR Castrol Super Series West Results: Sun Valley 150 // August 14, 2000 / Round #5 / Sun Valley Motor Speedway / Vernon, BC
Fin. St. Car# Driver (Hometown) Sponsor / Make Laps 1 2 5 Nik Lapcevich (Ancaster, ON) Kenworth (Hamilton) Chevrolet Monte Carlo 150 2 7 2 Carl Harr (Edmonton, AB) GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo 150 3 1 4 Daryl Harr (Edmonton, AB) John Deere Chevrolet Monte Carlo 150 4 9 33 Don Sales (Quesnel, BC) Skoal Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo 150 5 6 46 Dan Shirley (Saskatoon, SK) Co-op Chevrolet Monte Carlo 150 6 3 35 Kevin Dowler (Edmonton, AB) Ford Quality Care Service Taurus 149 7 11 44 Fred DelPero (Edmonton, AB) CanadaTrader.com / Castrol Ford Taurus 149 8 13 34 Darren Turner (Kelowna, BC) R Western Star Trucks Chevrolet Monte Carlo 149 9 5 12 Ron Larson (Quesnel, BC) Chevrolet Monte Carlo 147 10 4 79 Wade Lee (Calgary, AB) Pontiac Grand Prix 146 11 15 15 Mike Browne (Calgary, AB) Pontiac Grand Prix 146 12 14 01 Wheeler Boys (Calgary, AB) R Pontiac Grand Prix 145 13 10 7 Gil Gillett (Kelowna, BC) Ford Taurus 142 14 16 30 Chris Heinz (Edmonton, AB) Olds Cutlass 141 15 17 74 Dennis Masse (Lethbridge, AB) R Dodge 140 16 8 93 Charlie Kirton (Saskatoon, SK) Great Western Brewing Co. Chevrolet Monte Carlo 120 17 12 20 Kim Richard (Calgary, AB) Chevrolet Monte Carlo 11
Time of Race: 57 minutes and 37 seconds // Cautions: 4 for a total of 24 laps. // Margin of Victory: .344 seconds // Lap leaders: #35 Kevin Dowler (1-16), #79 Wade Lee (27-48), Dowler (49-81), Lee (82-87), Dowler (88-102) and Nik Lapcevich (103-150). * R after the driver's hometown denotes rookie contender