The NASCAR Pinty’s Series went into dirt track racing for the first time at Osweken Speedway on Tuesday, an event led by Treyton Lapsevich in a final round overtime battle against NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Stewart Friesen.
Lapsevich finished fifth and led the race for 53 laps to record his second career win in a row and second of the year. The 18-year-old from Grimsby, ON, scored his first career victory in the season opener at Sun Speedway in May.
“It was a fantastic night. I’m glad we were able to finish,” Lapsevich said after the race at Floresing. “I was a bit worried because with all those restarts it’s not easy to keep Stewart Friesen on your heels.”
Lapsevich thanked Osweken Speedway and owner Glen Stires for the incident on Tuesday. The track has two years left on its three-year deal with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
“Also, a big thank you to Glen Steers and Osweken Speedway for making this happen!” The winner of the competition said that he had finished his victory interview with television. “I think most series are loose when we hear we’re on the dirt, but this was a blast and we can’t wait to do it for years to come!”
Camp World Track Series regular Stuart Friesen battled with Lapsevich in the final lap, even taking the lead by clearing Lapsevich for 3rd place before Lapsevich took the lead in the fourth lap. Friesen would take second place, sitting 0.219 seconds behind the winner in Pinty’s debut.
“It was good for a team of 22,” Friesen said. “He[laughs]did everything he had to do and maybe a little bit more, but he is. I knew if I could control the exit with a little bit of two left and four out, we’d be able to inch ahead. We were there until he passed me and that’s what happened. Wild finish. Great to get a good finish here. it is! “…
Jake Sheridan finished third behind the wheel of the No. 64 Chevrolet in a car driven by NASCAR Cup Series regular Christopher Bell. Bell was unable to make the trip to Canada due to travel issues.
Sheridan, making his Pinty Series debut, started 10th.
Marc-Antoine Camirand, who led 48 of the 101 laps completed in overtime, and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top five finishes.
DJ Kennington, Andrew Ranger, Ken Schrader, Gary Klute and Brandon Watson rounded out the top 10.
Camirand and Kennington left the incident and were tied at the driver’s seat. Lapsevich, Tagliani and Lacroix round out the top five in the rankings through 10 events.
The race had 11 cautions and a lap time of 1 hour 33 minutes 54 seconds.
The next NASCAR Pinty Series event will be on August 27 at Circuit Icar.