Lapcevich takes fourth in rain-soaked GP3R 100

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. – Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich took a top 10 finish in Sunday’s (Aug. 6) NASCAR Canadian Tire Series GP3R 100.

Lapcevich finished fourth after starting in the No. 13 spot at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Hamilton’s Don Thomson Jr., placed 16th after starting from the No. 7 spot. Thomson holds down third place in the overall driver standings.

Robin Buck conquered the elements and the competition Sunday when he cruised to a second series win this season. Buck, a part-time-road course competitor from Campbellville, Ont., passed L.P. Dumoulin on Lap 6 and held for the balance of the rain-soaked event at the 1.53-mile temporary street course for his second triumph in just four starts in 2011.

With rain falling prior to the drop of the initial green flag, Saturday’s pole winner Andrew Ranger had to pit due to visibility problems. Dumoulin assumed the lead and held it until Buck made what would be the decisive move on Lap 6. From there, Buck only had to withstand two restarts and the wet conditions to hold on to victory in the No. 66 Quaker State/Durabody Dodge.

The second of two cautions came out on Lap 35 and setup a green-white-checker finish. The three-time defending Trois-Rivieres winner Ranger battled back through the field to be in position to challenge Buck on the final restart, but Buck held on for his first win in four Canadian Tire Series events at the track.

Ranger crossed the line second while season points leader Scott Steckly, Lapcevich and Dumoulin brought home the top five. Jason White, Derek White, John Farano, DJ Kennington and Dave Connelly rounded out the top 10 finishers.

The race was slowed due to caution just two times for 12 laps and the lead changed hands two times among three drivers.

In the point standings, Steckly stretched his lead on Kennington out to 47 points after bringing a 20-point advantage into the event. Don Thomson Jr. holds down third place while J.R. Fitzpatrick is fourth.

The GP3R 100 is scheduled to be telecast in its entirety on TSN following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage on Sunday from Pocono Raceway. It will re-air on TSN at 12:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 12 and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is in action on Saturday, Aug. 20 for the NAPA Autopro 100 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.


At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

Lap length: 1.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (8) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 44 laps, 53.547 mph.
2. (1) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 44.
3. (2) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 44.
4. (13) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 44.
5. (4) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 44.
6. (14) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 44.
7. (21) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 44.
8. (18) John Farano, Toronto, Ont., Chevrolet, 44.
9. (3) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 44.
10. (29) Dave Connelly, Arnprior, Ont., Dodge, 44.
11. (20) Howie Scannell, Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 43.
12. (10) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 43.
13. (28) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que., Dodge, 43.
14. (15) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 43.
15. (5) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 42.
16. (7) Don Thomson, Jr., Hamilton, Ont., Dodge, 42.
17. (12) Elie Arseneau, Laval, Que., Chevrolet, 42.
18. (11) Peter Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 42.
19. (9) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 42.
20. (31) Dave Coursol, St. Jerome, Que., Chevrolet, 42.
21. (6) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 41.
22. (16) Patrice Brisebois, West Mount, Que., Dodge, 41.
23. (27) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 41.
24. (19) Jarrad Whissell, Calgary, Alta., Ford, 40.
25. (26) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Dodge, 39.
26. (23) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 38.
27. (33) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 38.
28. (25) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 37.
29. (32) Ray Courtemanche, Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 35.
30. (24) Isabelle Tremblay, St. Hippolyte, Que., Ford, 27, clutch.
31. (22) Pierre Bourque, Ottawa, Ont., Dodge, 22.
32. (30) Michel Pilon, Blainville, Que., Chevrolet, 22, accident.
33. (17) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Que., Chevrolet, 2, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 15 minutes 26 seconds
Margin of Victory: 3.159 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: A.Ranger (81.406 mph, 67.661 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 12 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A. Ranger 1; L. Dumoulin 2-6; R. Buck 7-44.

Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 1318; 2. D. Kennington, 1271; 3. D. Thomson,Jr., 1177; 4. J. Fitzpatrick, 1156; 5. K. Micks, 1099; 6. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 1072; 7. M. Dilley, 1063; 8. J. White, 1015; 9. J. Hathaway, 962; 10. D. Stacey, 915.