With only two races remaining on the schedule, everything is currently falling how Cayden Lapcevich hoped as he currently holds a 30-point advantage ahead of Andrew Ranger with only two races left in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series season.
Lapcevich came into the weekend with a 12-point lead, but ran in the top-10 throughout the Can-Am 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and despite falling back to 14th at one point, he picked up a third place finish. For Lapcevich, it marks his best career road course finish in his eighth road course start.
“It was a great run,” Lapcevich told POPULAR SPEED. “We were very happy with how everything turned out. I didn’t think anything went wrong – everything went right, and we were able to extend our points lead. We’ll go to the next two ovals and try to be fast there.”
Meanwhile, Ranger ran in the top-three in the early stages of the race, but fell out of the event with an engine failure, finishing 21st.
With Ranger out of the event, Lapcevich said it was a relief as he was able to calm down and be a little more patient. Though balancing aggressiveness this year has been a big part of his program due to the lack of the budget the team has, as they’ve only had a sponsor on their Dodge for three of the 10 races this season.
“I know if I wreck a racecar, I may not be at the race track the next week,” he said. “So I’ve just been conservative all year and making sure not to put myself in a bad position.”
With only two races left on the schedule, confidence is high for the Fast Line Motorsports team as Lapcevich’s background is ovals, and he has won two of the ovals this year with no finishes off the podium in five oval races this year.
“I always have a lot of confidence going into the ovals because that’s what I grew up doing,” he said. “So going into the next two ovals, I feel confident with our program, and I think we have a lot of potential for the next couple of races.”
Despite the points gap being what it is, Lapcevich isn’t changing his strategy, either, as he’s set to contend in both races. Notably, he has never competed at Autodrome St. Eustache before and last year at Kawartha Speedway, he ran in the top-five all race long en route to a sixth-place finish.
” I’m really confident in our oval program and the potential we have on the ovals,” he said. “I don’t think it will change much. I am actually going to go out there and do my best, and try and run up front all race.”
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