The previous youngest champion in NASCAR was Joey Logano, who was 17 when he won the K&N Pro Series East back in 2007.

With braces visible on his teeth on a freshly-earned driver's licence, 16-year-old Cayden Lapcevich has recently become not only the youngest champion NASCAR ever, but also the youngest Canadian professional auto racing champion of all-time after winning the 2016 NASCAR Pinty's Series championship.

The teen from Grimsby, Ontario still isn't old enough to buy a lottery ticket in the province, but thanks to his driving skills, as well as a long lineage of race car drivers, Lapcevich is already faring well in motorsport competition.

Cayden's grandfather, Joe Lapcevich, started up Fastline Motorsports in the 1960s, and Joe's love of motorsports was shared by his sons Jeff (Cayden's father), Jim, and Joe Jr.

Cayden's grandfather, Joe Lapcevich, started up Fastline Motorsports in the 1960s, and Joe's love of motorsports was shared by his sons Jeff (Cayden's father), Jim, and Joe Jr. He had a volunteer crew this season - with his dad dad acting as crew chief of the no. 76 Dodge and his mom Sherri the co-owner - after Tim Horton's dropped out as the youngster's sponsor before the 2016 season.

"We lost that motivation at one point to even go down to the race shop because we just couldn't see ourselves making it out this year," Lapcevich told NASCAR.com. "But I finally was able to convince my mom that I would work on the cars and do it all myself and she was just like, 'If you and your dad can prepare it, we'll do it.'"

 

 

 

Lapcevich gained a big lead in the standing throughout the year (he wasn't even planning on running more than the first three NASCAR Pinty's Series races), and by the time he reached the final race of the season (the Kawartha 250), no one was even able to catch him in the standings. He ended up winning by 54 points over veteran Andrew Ranger in second place.

The previous youngest champion in NASCAR was Joey Logano, who was 17 when he won the K&N Pro Series East back in 2007.

While Lapcevich is sure to enjoy more success in a career that's just blossoming, he says he'd love to make it to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but knows that's still a ways away.

In the meantime, we'll have to see if he's ready to break any other records in 2017 and beyond.

Source: CBC, NASCAR

Be part of something big