After success behind the wheel of both a mighty mini and a super stock, Treyten Lapcevich made the biggest step of his career this past season, running the full APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario tour schedule.
“This year as our first year fielding a late model was pretty tough,” Lapcevich told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We had to overcome many setbacks throughout the year. This being said, we did accomplish our goal that we had set back in the Spring. The APC series is full of many great racers and always awesome racing!”
The teenager showed a lot of promise, scoring a pair of top-10’s en route to placing ninth in the year-end series standings.
“Our sixth place run at Jukasa was a really great day,” Lapcevich said. “The car was hooked up all day and we came home with our first top ten of the season. It made it a lot more special with it being Jukasa’s inaugural event; my family goes way back at the old Cayuga Speedway!”
Continuing to learn on a weekly basis, Lapcevich says the biggest thing lesson during the year was tire management.
“I think I have definitely improved in this aspect and it’s a very important part,” he stated. “Our plan going into every race was to ride for the first 60 and really get going the last 40, this helped our results a lot.”
Now looking towards 2018, he admits the knowledge gained on set-up and how the car changes throughout an event will be beneficial in making their program that much stronger.
Lapcevich was able to cap off his year in a big way, becoming the youngest ever Autumn Colours Classic Champion after leading flag-to-flag in the 50-lap Super Stock feature. Combined with a feature win and overall runner-up at Frostoberest, there’s no doubt he can get the job done.
“I’m super grateful to have been the youngest ACC winner,” he said. “My guys gave me a great car all weekend, we came up with both heat wins giving us a great starting spot for the big race! It just feels amazing to have won such a prestigious event! Unfortunately at Frostfest we came up one spot short after some last lap controversy but that’s racing and we hope to be back next year!”