Pole-sitter Lapcevich comes home eighth


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

Dumoulin completes the season-sweep on the NCATS road-courses. (Photo: Louis-Philippe Dumoulin/Todd D Walden/Nedlaw Photos)

BOWMANVILLE – Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich wasn’t able to convert the fastest qualifying time into a checkered flag at Sunday’s (Sept. 1) Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200.

Lapcevich had the pole position after clocking 105.277 mph, 84.087 seconds during Saturday’s qualifier run. He finished Sunday in eighth place. Lapcevich led for the first 18 laps of the event.

Taking the top prize was L.P. Dumoulin. The 34-year-old driver from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, returned to the site of his first career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 win and completed the season-sweep on the road course at Canadian Tire Series Motorsport Park.

The 2011 series rookie of the year claimed the victory over runner-up Martin Roy and third-place Andrew Ranger after 42 laps under a yellow-checkered finish. A multi-car accident in Turn 8 of the 2.459-mile course brought out the record-tying sixth caution, and a prolonged cleanup combined with time constraints to end the race short of the scheduled 51-lap distance.

Following Ranger was D.J. Kennington, who took over the points lead. J.R. Fitzpatrick rounded out the top five. Rookies Marc-Antoine Camirand and Halton Hills’ Gary Klutt finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Lapcevich, Milton’s Howie Scannell Jr., and Robin Buck rounded out the top 10.

Championship contenders Scott Steckly finished 11th and Jason Hathaway 27th. With two races remaining, Kennington leads Steckly by three points (387-384) and Dumoulin (366) by 21. Hathaway dropped a spot, six points back of Dumoulin.

Finishing 14th was Halton Hills Peter Klutt after staring ninth; Oakville’s Larry Jackson was 24th from his 28th start spot; and Matthew Scannell of Milton dropped back one spot to finish 34th.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regulars Jeb Burton (12th), James Buescher (31st) and Ty Dillon (32nd) competed in the event that was held prior to the first truck race in Canada.

With the road-course portion of the schedule complete, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series wraps up the 2013 campaign with a pair of oval track races. Next up is the Hudco Electric Supply 300 at Barrie Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 8.