Bowmanville, ON – Monday, September 5, 2022 – Yesterday the NASCAR Pinty’s Series took its last trip to a road course for the 2022 season at the infamous Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Treyten Lapcevich finished 5th and Alex Tagliani finished 6th in the WeatherTech 200.
The race weekend began on Saturday, September 3rd with practice and qualifying. Treyten Lapcevich and his No. 20 FBM / RGC Sports / Qwick Wick Chevrolet Camaro secured the 4th fastest time in practice. Alex Tagliani and his No. 18 Viagra / St Hubert Chevrolet Camaro secured the 10th fastest time in practice. Later in the day the official qualifying session began: Treyten Lapcevich qualified 4th and Alex Tagliani qualified 7th.
Tagliani won at CTMP in 2018, finished 2nd in 2021, and when visiting the track in May 2022, he came just short again, finishing 2nd. In Lapcevich’s first-ever visit to CTMP in 2021 he finished 3rd and earlier this year he took home 6th. When they visited the track this weekend both drivers were on a mission to secure another solid finish.
On Sunday, September 4th at 1:00 p.m. the command to start the engines was given and the WeatherTech 200 was underway. The drivers quickly began working on their pit stop strategy when they would come in for fuel and tires.
For it being only his third time at the track Treyten Lapcevich proved again that he is a major contender. “We had a little problem with our fuel stop and then we had another problem with our tire stop, we got a 1 lap penalty. So after we got our lap back we were fast though,” Lapcevich said. He quickly marched back to the top 10, and then into the top 5. With 4 laps to go Lapcevich was chasing down another car who chopped him and made contact, setting Lapcevich back. Despite some difficulties Treyten Lapcevich came home with a 5th place finish.
In regards to the No. 18 car, “the team did a fantastic job in the pits, on the track with the strategy. I think we extracted everything we could out of the car, overall the pace of the car was not so bad. I think where we were underperforming was in the straightaways, somehow we were not very quick and that’s where the pace was lacking against the competition, so it was very difficult to fight on restarts,” Alex Tagliani said. Regardless of the car struggles Tagliani showcased his road course driving talent and experience walking away with a 6th place finish.
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series 2022 season comes to a conclusion on Sunday, September 25th at Delaware Speedway with what is sure to be an exciting final race for the championship.
This season the NASCAR Pinty’s Series races on oval tracks and road courses in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. For more information and updates throughout the season, please visit www.22racing.ca and NASCAR.ca.
For the complete 2022 Pinty’s Series Schedule please visit https://www.nascar.ca/schedule/