INNISFIL, Ontario — Currently riding a streak of three straight top-five finishes, Treyten Lapcevich enters this weekend’s Stewart’s Equipment / Kubota 100 at Sunset Speedway as one of the drivers to watch.
There is no reason why the past Mighty Mini track champion cannot get the job done, making his way from the back to finish ninth in the Dayco 100 at Sunset last month.
“We were really good at Sunset a couple weeks ago but I missed qualifying once again there so we had to start at the back,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We still had a really good car there, carving through the field, so I’m really excited for next weekend and actually get to qualify and have a real starting position instead of starting at the back.”
Starting at the back is something Lapcevich has been forced to do a couple times in trying to run both the NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule and APC Series schedule. He started tail of the field at Flamboro Speedway last weekend, making his way through the traffic to score a runner-up finish to Kyle Steckly.
“Tonight actually played out pretty good I guess,” he said afterwards. “We came from 25th with no marks on the car so it’s all ready to go for next week. Now we can work on making it faster. I was able to pass and had a good car at the start. Once we got that long green flag run, the car just started to go a little tight.
“I think that had something to do with me having to pass a lot of cars, but also with the climate changing as I’m sure it cooled off a little. The car just went a little tight there and I just had nothing for Kyle at the end. I was trying so hard and no, I’m happy with yet another second-place finish. Coming from the back, with all the circumstances, makes it feel a lot better.”
Coming through a field as steep as this, and knowing every point matters being just 10 markers behind Brandon Watson for the lead, he admits it can be an uneasy feeling at times.
“Luckily, it all played out pretty well for me,” he commented. “I started on the bottom a couple times, and I even made some passes on the top. It’s not an easy field to come through, but everyone was pretty respectful tonight. The race was pretty clean and actually made it a lot easier to pass, and a lot less wrecks with it.”