By Adam Ross -
April 11, 2012, GRIMSBY, ON – Jeff Lapcevich will compete for his first NASCAR championship in 2012 with Tim Hortons branding on his familiar family-owned #23 Dodge. The Grimsby veteran recently confirmed he would compete in every scheduled race for the first time in nearly 10 years.
“Racing the full schedule is a new challenge, but I know the team is good enough to make it work,” said Lapcevich. “We have one of the best partners in all of racing with Tim Hortons. It will be great to run the western Canadian shows again.”
Lapcevich has raced his Fastline Motorsports entry in most of the NASCAR Canada’s races since the series began in 2007, but he has never completed the entire schedule.
“The last time we raced a full season was with CASCAR in 2004,” said Lapcevich. “We finished fourth in the points that year, and I believe we’re in a better position now to make a run for the championship.”
In recent years Lapcevich has kept his NASCAR schedule relatively close to home choosing to not make the western swing. While the series visited British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatoon, Lapcevich was often focused on his children competing in quarter midget sprint cars.
Cayden and Treyten Lapcevich have won numerous quarter midget titles across North America, and their schedules run year-round. The Lapcevich’s third son Ryden recently made his racing debut as well at an indoor event in Columbus, Ohio.
Cayden is also preparing to race full-sized stock cars this season at Sunset Speedway in Stroud, Ontario. The oldest Lapcevich son is 12 years old, and he will compete in a street stock throughout the year at the recently-renovated speedway.
“I can’t wait to start racing at Sunset,” said Cayden. “I tested there last fall, and the track was a lot of fun. It will be exciting to race something bigger.”
Jeff Lapcevich knows it is only a matter of time before his boys are looking for even bigger opportunities.
“If we’re going to race for a NASCAR championship I’d better do it soon,” joked Lapcevich. “The boys will be after my ride before too long.”
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series kicks off at Lapcevich’s favourite race track – Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The track formerly known as Mosport Raceway has never hosted the season’s first race, but Lapcevich is confident it is the perfect place to build momentum.
For more information on the Lapcevich race team Fastline Motorsports visit LapcevichRacing.com, or phone 905-545-1500, and ask for Jeff.