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Lapcevich duo crack top ten in NASCAR race

BOWMANVILLE – Jason Hathaway has raced in every event in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 history. He’s been a race winner and a championship contender.

After Sunday’s (Aug. 30) race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he can add highlight to his résumé: Road-course winner.

Jeff Lapcevich (right) announces Sunday’s event was his final with the series.
Hathaway, a self-professed “oval guy” held off road-course aces L.P. Dumoulin and Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich following a late-race restart to win the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200.

More importantly, the checkered flag moved the 38-year-old from St. Thomas, Ont., to second in the championship standings heading into the season finale at Kawartha Speedway on Sept. 19. He is nine points behind Scott Steckly, who finished seventh, and has the same points total as Andrew Ranger. Ranger won the pole position and led the most laps (15) before tire issues dropped him to sixth.

D.J. Kennington finished fourth and J.F. Dumoulin fifth.

Hathaway’s weekend started off with an up and down Saturday. His crew had to change an engine prior to qualifying, but he added a sponsor when Muskoka Aviation Centre in Gravenhurst, Ontario, joined his team for Sunday’s race.

Hathaway’s No. 3 Muskoka Aircraft Center/HGC Chevrolet took the lead from Dumoulin with three laps to go following the race’s final restart. Dumoulin had gone to the front on Lap 42 after Lapcevich and Alex Tagliani, who led 12 laps, had tangled for the lead.

Following Ranger and Steckly, Tagliani, rookie Cayden Lapcevich and Kerry Micks rounded out the top 10.

After the race, Jeff Lapcevich, who had finished second in the four of the last six races at CTMP, announced Sunday’s event was his final with the series as he will turn his attention his son Cayden’s race career. Team Lapcevich is based out of Hamilton.

The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 had seven lead changes among seven different drivers.

The 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will conclude the season Sept. 19 with the Pinty’s 200 at Kawartha.

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