Lapcevich Keeps Making Saskatoon Memories

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Cayden Lapcevich (76) battles D.J. Kennington Wednesday at Wyant Group Raceway. (Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR photo)

SASKATOON, Sask. — Wyant Group Raceway is a track that means something to Cayden Lapcevich.

The NASCAR Next driver scored his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series win at the Saskatoon track last year en route to his record-setting championship season one year ago, and he kept making memories there on Wednesday night.

The Grimsby, Ontario, driver passed D.J. Kennington on Lap 77 and went on to win Race No. 2 of the Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 100s Wednesday night. It was his second win of the season and fifth of his career.

More importantly, the win moved Lapcevich back into championship contention.

Lapcevich had already scored a podium finish earlier in the night after rebounding from a spin to finish third in the first 100-lap event. He started the nightcap fifth, as the starting lineup was set for the second race by the fastest lap recorded during the first race.

Cayden Lapcevich celebrates in victory lane Wednesday night at Wyant Group Raceway. (Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR photo)

The NASCAR Next driver quickly moved his No. 76 Fastline Motorsports Dodge into the top three midway through the race. He was able to get past Kennington on lap 78 and pulled away for the victory by .241 of a second at the checkered flag.

Kennington started from the pole, following a runner-up finish in the opening race of the night, and duplicated his performance with another second-place effort.

Alex Labbe followed up his win in Race No. 1 with a third-place finish, while championship points leader Kevin Lacroix was fourth ahead of L.P. Dumoulin.

Donald Theetge, Andrew Ranger and Mark Dilley were sixth through eighth, respectively. Alex Tagliani recovered from finishing last in the opener after suffering crash damage to take ninth, with Gary Klutt rounding out the top 10.

Lacroix maintained his two-point edge over Labbe in the championship race, while Lapcevich moved up to third. The defending series champion is 26 points out of the lead, and holds a four-point advantage on Kennington.

Full race results can be viewed on the next page…

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