Lapcevich, Thomson Jr. look to improve points standings


nascarcanadaThe NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, presented by Mobil 1, makes its fourth visit to the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres on Sunday, Aug. 15 for the GP3R 100. The race will feature two local drivers, Jeff Lapcevich of Grimsby and Don Thomson Jr., of Hamilton.

It is the 2010 season’s eighth event and the fourth of five road-course races on the year.

Lapcevich, driving his No. 23 Tim Hortons Chevrolet, has Trois-Rivieres finishes of fourth (2007) and seventh (2009). He has top-10 finishes in his last six series road-course starts and four top 10s in his last five overall Canadian Tire Series starts.

Thomson Jr, behind the wheel of his No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet, has finished a series career-best eighth in last year’s GP3R 100. He posted a pair of 14th-place finishes at Trois-Rivieres in 2007 and 2008 but has a current streak of six straight top-10s including four top fives.

Thomson holds the overall series career mark for poles with 11 and his five series wins is the fifth-highest total in series history.

This is the series fourth year at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres and third as the event’s final race. It is the series’ second of three trips to Quebec in 2010 along with Autodrome St. Eustache and Montreal.

Thomson currently sits fourth in the drivers’ points race while Lapcevich is 18th.

A Ford has won the race in each of the three previous visits and Ford has logged eight top-10 finishes with Chevrolet garnering 11 and Dodge nine.

After this event, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series heads to the half-mile oval of Mosport Speedway in Bowmanville, Ont., for the Dickies 200 on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Last season, Andrew Ranger picked up his second career win on an oval as he out-dueled Scott Steckly and DJ Kennington. Thomson earned the pole position.

Thomson in 2007 and Kerry Micks in 2008 are the other two series winners at the Mosport oval.