Lapcevich misses flag by a bobble


victory (Photo: Louis-Philippe Dumoulin/Todd D Walden/Nedlaw Photos)

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin grabs the checkered flag. (Photo: Louis-Philippe Dumoulin/Todd D Walden/Nedlaw Photos)

BOWMANVILLE – Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich had to settle for second place at Sunday’s (May 19) Vortex Brake Pads 200 in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Lapcevich seemed to be within striking distance after taking the white flag, but a bobble in Turn 1 effectively ended his challenge and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin grabbed the checkered flag .681 seconds in front.

Dumoulin, out of Trois-Rivieres, Que., handled all comers on the 2.459-mile road course to pick up his first series career win while leading a race-high 32 laps. The 2011 series rookie of the year had a previous best finish of second last season in his hometown event – the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

Jason Hathaway finished third in front of defending series champion D.J. Kennington and Campbellville’s Robin Buck in fourth and fifth, respectively. Kerry Micks, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Ty Dillon, Noel Dowler, Trevor Seibert and Brad Graham rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Pole sitter J.R. Fitzpatrick broke a drive shaft early on and finished a disappointing 27th in the 28-car field.

The Klutt clan of Ryan and Peter finished 17th and 19th respectively while Howie Scannell of Milton placed 21st and Oakville’s Larry Jackson was 22nd.

The race lead was exchanged six times among six drivers while the action was slowed due to caution three times for 13 laps.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is back in action on Saturday (June 15) for the EMCO 200 at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway.

Race stats

The race took 1 hour 48 minutes 16 seconds.

Fastest Qualifier: J.Fitzpatrick (106.289 mph, 83.286 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 13 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Fitzpatrick 1-6; L. Dumoulin 7-10; S. Steckly 11-12; J. Lapcevich 13-15; T. Seibert 16-21; M. Roy 22-23; L. Dumoulin 24-51.

Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 48; 2. J. Lapcevich, 43; 3. J. Hathaway, 41; 4. D. Kennington, 40; 5. R. Buck, 39; 6. K. Micks, 38; 7. T. Dillon, 37; 8. N. Dowler, 36; 9. T. Seibert, 36; 10. B. Graham, 34.