Canjoharie, NY's Dave Lape has been around racing his entire life. In 1964, Lape climbed behind the wheel of his Modified at the now defunct Victoria Speedway and began a career that would carry him on a journey that would last 50-years. Lape picked up 191 recorded victories at places like Albany-Saratoga, Canandaigua, Cayuga County, Devil's Bowl, Drummondville, Five-mile Point, Fonda Speedway, the New Year State Fairgrounds and many others.
His more notable accomplishments include seven track titles at Fonda Speedway, two at Utica-Rome, the 1977 Mr. Dirt title, the 1984 Eastern States 200 title and victories in the 1985 and 1989 Rolling Wheels 200. At Fondas Lape took 99 victories, 98 second place finishes, 87 third place finishes, 57 fourth place finishes and 49 fifth place finishes.