Team press release
July 9, 2011, GRIMSBY, ON Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jeff Lapcevich appeared on his way to a great finish in Toronto when contact on a late restart relegated the Grimsby NASCAR racer to a 13th place finish. The Tim Hortons-sponsored Lapcevich was furious about the situation.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That was a great example of how not to race somebody,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the incensed Lapcevich after the race. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I got right up beside Robin Buck, and he drove me straight into the wall. We restart double file in NASCAR, but you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t run two wide with him. We did it all day with several others.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There was a lot of chaos behind me when he stuffed me in the wall. Guys were checking up, and it could have been disastrous for a lot of them including Buck, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how he races.Ã¢â‚¬Â
After spending part of FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s practice session atop the leader board Lapcevich qualified only 10th in the stellar 33-car field. Things got worse when the team was penalized for failing to follow NASCAR procedure when making post-qualifying repairs.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was so disappointed that we only qualified 10th that being put to the back of the field really didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem so bad,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Lapcevich. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car was amazing. I could pass under braking almost at will. We were definitely on the move.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lapcevich started on the outside lane in each of the raceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s starts and restarts after caution periods. Each time he gained positions by making challenging passes on the outside.