By: Ashley McCubbin

INNISFIL, Ontario — While mostly everyone has shifted their focus to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series inaugural appearance at Flamboro Speedway this weekend, there’s still a lot of people thinking about the event at Sunset Speedway a couple weeks ago.

After all, some drivers left quite an impact in their performances, including Treyten Lapcevich who scored a pair of top-five’s in his debut weekend.

“It was a really good day, and a good way to make the most of my NASCAR Pinty’s Series debut,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “The 22 Racing guys had the car hooked up; we were really good on the short run, struggled some on the long run, but I think a lot of that had to do with my experience in the different type of car. Overall, we were all really happy to come out with two top 5 finishes and a clean car.”

Through the Quick Wick 150, Lapcevich kept himself in contention within the top-five, running right alongside the best of the series. When all the dust settled following the contact in the final two laps, he was able to come out of there with a runner-up finish.

“At the end of that first race, I was really just trying to put myself in the right position to avoid the carnage,” he commented. “Looking at it now, I really wish I pushed a little harder in order to get ahead of LP (Dumoulin), and I might’ve been able to come out with the win. But all in all, have to be happy with going from 5th to 2nd on that last GWC.”

The Canadian Tire 150 once again saw the impressive performance continue, with Lapcevich keeping himself inside the top-five all race long en route to a fourth.

Moving forward and being even better next time out, the teenager says it all comes down to experience.

“I now know what I want as for feeling in the car, and that’s something that I struggled with communicating to the team during practice,” he reflected. “Also, just more experience with the heavier cars and long runs and when to push. After being able to sit back and think about everything, I have a lot that I think I could improve on and hopefully compete for a win sometime in the future.”

While the series heads to Flamboro Speedway this weekend, Lapcevich will not be in the field as Alex Tagliani will return behind the wheel of the familiar No. 18 for 22 Racing.

“I’m still not running Flamboro,” Lapcevich shared. “Hope for good luck to the whole 22 Racing team, and hopefully they can grab a couple solid finishes!

“Just overall a big thanks to Scott (Steckly), Tag, Qwick Wick and Rona for putting it all together and giving me the opportunity.”