Former NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion Cayden Lapcevich led the most laps during the APC United Late Model eSeries event at Richmond Raceway, contrary to last week’s race at USA International Speedway where he only led the final two laps to score the win. However, Thursday night’s finish was similar to that of the opener, with Lapcevich taking the lead on a restart with four to go and holding on for his second straight win.
Lapcevich saw himself on the inside second row on that fateful restart. It was a combination of a strong start by Lapcevich and bad starts by front row drivers Shawn Chenoweth and Dale Shaw that allowed the Grimsby, Ontario driver to clear both driver by the exit of turn two.
With passing coming at a premium throughout the 150-lap race, Lapcevich saw that restart as his only opportunity to make a move.
“I just nailed that restart. I think it was the second-to-last run, I don’t know if it was the track temp or I changed something in my driving but I just plowed,” Lapcevich said on the broadcast. “Dale (Shaw) got to me and made a move and I just let him have in. I knew he was quicker. Track position is key here, it was hard to pass. It was fun.”
Chenoweth and Shaw would make contact and crash hard on the backstretch during the final lap while racing for second, collecting several other cars in the process. Ryan Dyson was able to slip through the carnage to take the runner-up spot at the end.
It was a strategy call that put the Delaware Speedway regular in contention to win.
“It was very hard to pass out there. I’m really glad we took those two tires. The first five or six laps on these tires we were just junk, it wouldn’t turn. Once we got some heat in the right sides it definitely started to turn,” he said. “I think it was faster than all those guys in the last 15 laps, it was just so hard to pass with the way the competition is.
“I don’t know what happened on the last lap, I’ll have to go back and watch that. We were fourth and then we were second. I was just happy we got back in line there in fourth, then all the sudden the seas parted and here we are in second.”
Ray Morneau, polesitter Treyten Lapcevich, and Sunset Speedway Late Model track champion Rick Spencer-Walt rounded out the top five.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3