Jeff LapcevichJeff Lapcevich and the #23 Tim Hortons Chevrolet team have battled through just about every obstacle imaginable during the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season so far. During round number twelve this past weekend at Riverside International Speedway just outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia the countless hours of effort by the entire team were rewarded with a second place podium finish.

Right from the first laps during the morning practice session the Tim Hortons Chevrolet team was on their game. “The car felt good right away” said Lapcevich. “Even on the first few laps I could really feel that the handling ws right and that we had a good car” he added. Lapcevich would back up his practice times with an impressive fifth fastest qualifying time and start the 300 lap feature event on the inside of row three.

When the green flag dropped the action heated up and the Tim Hortons Chevrolet was up to the Challenge. “Everything we did to the car was right for the race” said the driver who had little trouble keeping up with the lead group in the early going. As several of the leaders made their first pit stops Lapcevich was able to stay on track and gain even more ground.

When the Tim Hortons team did make a stop for fuel and left side tires they fully expected to make a second stop at the next opportunity to put on fresh right side tires. They would not get the opportunity to do so as the race ran under green from just past the halfway mark to the finish.

Lapcevich would restart the race on lap 160 at the front of the field and show the Tim Hortons team’s potential that has been there all season long. Jeff would handle the traffic and keep up an incredible pace handling lap traffic and fending off all challenges for nearly 100 laps. “The car was just really good for us” said the satisfied driver. “I was expecting to make another stop for right side tires so I wasn’t too concerned about saving them for the rest of the race and that might have cost us in the end” he concluded.

As the laps ticked away it became obvious that there was not going to be one more stop and it was up to the Lapcevich to try and keep the Tim Hortons Chevrolet at the front with very worn right side tires. After a heated battle with the #27 car Lapcevich would surrender the lead after leading a race high 97 laps.

Lapcevich would not be challenged for position again for the rest of the event and crossed the finish line second for the best finish this season for the Tim Hortons Chevrolet team. “It’s really nice after a disappointing race last week to bounce back this way” said the driver. “We’ve known all year that we can run up front with the rest of these guys and it’s really satisfying to get the results we’re capable of” he adde.

Jeff Lapcevich and the Tim Hortons team travel to Kawartha Speedway in Faserville, ON for the final event of the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this coming Saturday September 26th. This year’s series events consist of ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits from coast to coast in Canada. All events are once again scheduled for broadcast on TSN.