OXFORD, Maine – Reid Lanpher of Manchester, Maine, posted back-to-back podium finishes on the Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour, finishing second in both the VIP Thursday Thunder 25 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Thursday, July 18, and the 25-lap event at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, July 20. Lanpher started at the rear of the 19-car field at Oxford after winning his heat race and ran out of laps to chase down the eventual winner. Two nights earlier at Beech Ridge, Lanpher again started deep in the field – 10th – and was in the runner-up spot by Lap 15. In the caution-free event, he simply ran out of time to make up enough track position to have a shot at the victory.
WHO: Reid Lanpher, Manchester, Maine
TEAM: Team EJP No. 59 Eastern Township Docks/Scott’s Recreation Coupe
CREW CHIEF: Bob Weymouth, Topsham, Maine
WHAT: VIP Thursday Thunder 25
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.333-mile oval)
WHAT: NELCAR 25
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile oval)
NEXT RACE: Thursday, July 25, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.333-mile oval)
REID, DID YOU JUST NEED A FEW MORE LAPS AT THE END OF THE RACE AT OXFORD?
I was fast. I was fast enough coming up through, but I just used up my right rear. Getting up there, I was hoping the leader might slip up or make a mistake or something. I just tried to do it and gain the most respect I could, unlike the way I’ve seen it done recently.
I think we had a really good race car, and I can’t thank all the sponsors enough. It’s a really good confidence booster. Coming from the back, the cautions definitely worked in my favor. I’m really excited about this. I’m happy with the run.
HOW GOOD DOES IT FEEL TO RUN IN THE TOP-2 TWICE IN THREE DAYS?
I think I’ve gotten four seconds this year. Honestly, it stinks. But I’m starting to take it for granted, really. Second is such a great run, and being lucky enough not to be in the wrecks.
There’s so many positives to what we’re doing right no. Again, I can’t thank everybody who helps enough.
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