The APC United Late Model championship for Pro Late Models debuted in 2015. As evidenced by its growth, the Ontario series has proven to be very popular with competitors and fans.

The 2019 season kicks off on the Victoria Day Weekend at Sunset International Speedway. In June the teams will make their way to Flamboro Speedway, Jukasa Motor Speedway and Delaware Speedway. The following month the series will make a second visit to Flamboro. The championship will also return to Jukasa but the race is being held on a Thursday evening. In early August, the drivers and their crews will visit Sauble Speedway for races on Friday and Sunday. The month will end with another visit to Sunset for the penultimate round. The finale will take place at Delaware Speedway.

The series cars are constructed to specifications and rules common to most stock car series. The chassis is a tube frame covered with fiberglass bodies. Depending on the engine choice, a car can weigh as much as 2800-lbs. Crate motors from General Motors (GM 604 & GM 602) and Ford (347) are used in the series. To regulate expenses, competitors use a spec tire from American Racer and Bilstein A2 shock absorbers. There are also rules which restrict the options available for transmissions, ignition components, body material, brakes, etc.

Cars that qualify in positions one to ten are inverted according to points and season attendance. Before each race, the cars are fitted with a new set of American Racer tires, receive a technical inspection and are impounded until the start of the event.

Jukasa Motor Speedway hosted its first mid-week special event on Thursday, July 25. On the schedule was round six for the APC United Late Model series and a thirty-five-lap event for Mini Stock competitors. Thirty-five drivers would start the one-hundred-lap race on the 5/8-mile semi-banked oval.

Thirty-five starters line-up on Jukasa Motor Speedway’s back straight. Leading the field is the sixth-fastest qualifier, Danny Benedict in the No. 54 Shaw Motorsports prepared Dodge. Sharing the front row is Dale Shaw in the Wellington Systems sponsored Chevrolet – Shaw was seventh quickest during the qualifying session. Behind Benedict and Shaw is the reigning series champion, JR Fitzpatrick and Ryan Kimball.
Brandon Watson made his third start of the season. At Jukasas on Thursday evening, Watson made it three for three. In addition to his most recent victory, he captured wins at Jukasa in June and Delaware. But it was far from easy as Watson started tenth in the Shear Metal Products sponsored Ford Fusion. And, in the final twenty-five-laps, he had to contend with Treyten Lapcevich but Watson withstood the challenge.
It is not a question of ‘will’ Treyten Lapcevich win an APC series event but ‘when’. In the previous round at Flamboro Speedway, he came up just shy. At Jukasa, it appeared that Lapcevich might collect his first win. He was sixth quickest in qualifying and started third driving the No. 32 Toyota Camry. As the laps ran down, Lapcevich pressured the race leader, Brandon Watson, even pulling alongside, but he was unable to make the pass and finished second.
Early in the contest, the 2015 APC series champion, Dale Shaw looked like he might score his first victory of the season. Shaw was seventh fastest in qualifying and started the event on the outside of the front row. He jumped into the lead and pulled away from the field. Shaw had control of the race until the second restart when a flat tire caused him to lose a lap. From this point on, he charged through the field to a third-place finish.
The series 2016 Rookie of the Year, Shae Gemmell drove the No. 3 Chevrolet with backing from APC. Gemmell was ninth quickest in the qualifying session and after the grid was set, he started eighth. Gemmell quickly moved into contention but could not maintain the pace of the leaders. On lap-85, he was passed by a hard-charging, Dale Shaw and finished fourth. However, Gemmell’s performance moved him to the top of the points standings.
The first caution of the evening occurred on lap-11 when Jordan Sim’s blew an engine and a number are cars spun in his fluid between turns three and four. The second yellow came out just three laps later when Shane Maginnis backed the No. 13 High Reach Inc. Chevrolet into the corner four wall. He would pit for repairs and return to the race. Maginnis would drop down the order, he was classified in thirty-first place after starting thirteenth.
The defending series champion, JR Fitzpatrick was having a difficult season. Fitzpatrick was qualifying well but he was encountering issues during the races which prevented him from finishing at the front of the field. To date, his best result was a sixth place in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. Fitzpatrick was gridded third for the start of the contest and a consistent performance during the event produced a fifth-place finish.
It was not a good evening for this season’s first-time series winners. The first-place finisher of round one at Sunset Speedway, Jordan Sims lost an engine on lap-11 and was the races, first retiree. The points leader, Billy Schwartzenberg who scored his first victory in round five at Flamboro, suffered the same fate as Sims. He was the second retirement of the night but more importantly, Schwartzenberg fell to fifth in the title chase.
St. Louis, Missouri native and former NASCAR driver, Kenny Wallace joined the APC series in a one-off appearance. Wallace was the 1989 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year and retired from NASCAR competition in 2015. He had raced at Jukasa in the ‘80s when the track was called Cayuga International Speedway. On Thursday evening, Wallace was entered in the No. 22 Dodge usually driven by Jamie Cox and finished twenty-third.
The top-three finishers for round-six of the APC United Late Model championship at Jukasa Motor Speedway. In the center and making his third appearance of the 2019 season is the race winner and 2017 series champion, Brandon Watson. To Watson’s right and grabbing his second consecutive runner-up finish of the year is Treyten Lapcevich. Completing the top-three is the inaugural series title holder, Dale Shaw.

110Brandon WatsonShear Metal Products / Ford Fusion-
26Treyten LapcevichACE Services / Toyota Camry-
32Dale ShawWellington Systems / Chevrolet-
48Shae GremmellAPC Auto Parts Centres / Chevrolet-
53JR FitzpatrickCambridge Rigging / Ford Mustang-
64Ryan KimballAP Racing Engines / Chevrolet-
77Jake SheridanPride Seed/Vibrant Farms / Chevrolet-
817Blair WickettCambridge Auto Repair / Chevrolet-
91Danny BenedictShaw Motorsports / Chevrolet SS-
105Jo LawrenceMcColl Racing Enterprises / Dodge-
1127Josh StadeTiremaster/MEI Paving / Toyota Camry-
1224Tim NorrisBryan's Auction Services / Chevrolet-
1314Shawn ChenowethLondon Recreation Racing / Chevrolet-
149Jordan HowsePaul Howse and Associates / Chevrolet-
1511Matt PritikoGlobal Warranty / Toyota Camry-
1622Gord ShepherdParagon Office Installations / Ford-
1722Lane ZardoNational Exhaust / Chevrolet-
1828Ron BeauchampCSN Collision Centre / Chevrolet SS-
1929Hudson NagyJUKASA Motor Speedway / Chevrolet-
2026Shawn McGlynnBlast Floor Coating / Chevrolet-
2125Andrew GreselGallinger Ford Lincoln / Ford Fusion-
2221Branden VerhoevenMcRobert Fuels / Chevrolet-
2332Kenny WallaceLondon City Chrysler / Dodge-
2430Tom GibbonsTom Gibbons Concrete Finishing / Chevrolet-
2518Patrick FreelAir Liquide London / Chevrolet SS-
2615Darrell LakeLondon Drive Systems / Chevrolet-
2735Mat BoxMaple City Tire / Chevrolet-
2834Tyler Di VenanzoRetail Design Group / Chevrolet-
2931Junior FarrellyTired Iron Equipment Services / Chevrolet-
3033Paighton JacobsCountry 104 FM / Chevrolet SSDid Not Finish
3113Shane MaginnisHigh Reach Inc. / ChevroletDid Not Finish
3236Trevor MonaghanSilver Star Express Line / Toyota CamryDid Not Finish
3316Taylor HoldawayHoldaway Automotive / ChevroletDid Not Finish
3412Billy SchwartzenburgSpira Fire Protection / Ford FusionDid Not Finish
3523Jordan SimsSims Countertops / FordDid Not Finish
3619Todd DelisleDelisle Racing / Ford FusionDid Not Start

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