Lapcevich places fourth in NASCAR north event

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. – Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich ran a respectable fourth on Saturday (June 16) in the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race.

Lapcevich started in the No. 8 position but couldn’t overtake winner D.J. Kennington.

Kennington, who won his 12th career win in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race, was forced to start at the back of the pack, after making unapproved adjustments to his car after qualifying fifth for the race earlier in the day.

The driver from St. Thomas, Ont., charged ahead in his No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge – moving into the top five by Lap 27. He took the lead a quarter of the way through the race and only relinquished it for a short time after a round of pit stops.

Mark Dilley finished second to Kennington, with J.R. Fitzpatrick finishing third. Jason Hathaway was fifth. Steve Mathews, Andrew Ranger, Ron Beauchamp Jr, Steve Cote and Noel Dowler completed the top 10.

Larry Jackson of Oakville placed 17th after starting in the No. 12 spot. Milton’s Howie Scannell was 20th. Starting at No. 17 he encountered overheating on the 34th lap.

Lapcevich sits sixth in driver point standings with 112 points, 20 behind leader Fitzpatrick.

Kennington became the fifth different winner in six series visits to the half-mile oval formerly known as Mosport Speedway.

Defending series champion Scott Steckly, who won last year’s event, encountered mechanical trouble before the race started and was laps down to the leader throughout the race.

Pete Shepherd III – who won his second career pole award in qualifying – led the early stages of the race, but experienced mechanical problems late in the event.

The race was slowed due to caution five times for 36 laps and the lead changed hands four times among four drivers.

This was the third race of 2012 for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the first of seven oval-track events on a 12-race schedule.

In the point standings, Fitzpatrick has just a single-point lead over Kennington with Ranger six points off the pace in third.

The Clarington 200 will be telecast by TSN on Sunday, June 24 at 1 p.m. ET and the RDS2 premiere is set for Wednesday, July 11 at 10 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is right back on the track on Saturday, June 23 at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway for the EMCO 200 presented by Niagara Plumbing Supply and McKeough Supply.