MANCHESTER, Maine – Reid Lanpher of Manchester, Maine, returns to drive the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet in the Pine Ridge Nursery Twin 125-lap Late Model events at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., on Saturday, August 10. The 15-year-old Lanpher posted the second-fastest time in final practice at Motor Mile and had a career-best qualifying effort of third at the track when Dirty Dozen Cup first visited the .416-mile speedway earlier this season, and he’s hoping to build off of that effort and build some momentum in the second half of the season. Coming off a Top-10 finish at Hickory Motor Speedway in July, Lanpher has been busy during his more than a month away from JR Motorsports – winning one Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour race and posting four straight Top-2 finishes in the division.
WHO: Reid Lanpher, Manchester, Maine
TEAM: No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Seth Kooika, Mooresville, N.C.
BEST CAREER MOTOR MILE SPEEDWAY FINISH: 23rd (June 2013)
LAST RACE AT MOTOR MILE SPEEDWAY: 23rd (June 2013)
WHAT: Dirty Dozen Cup Pine Ridge Nursery Twin 125s
WHERE: Motor Mile Speedway, Radford, Va. (.416-mile oval)
WHEN: Saturday, August 10 – 2 p.m., practice; 4:45 p.m., qualifying; 7 p.m., race
DID YOU KNOW?
Reid Lanpher became the youngest driver in history (14) to win an event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he won an Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour race on the road course at the facility last May.
Reid Lanpher finished third in just his sixth career Late Model Stock start while driving for JR Motorsports at Southern National Motorsports Park in April.
Reid Lanpher won one of four PASS North Series qualifying races at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on May 5 to become the youngest heat race winner (14) in series history.
Reid Lanpher will compete as a teammate at JR Motorsports to Josh Berry. Berry won the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
Just 15 years old, Reid Lanpher has already won Super Late Model, Modified, Legend, go-kart, Mini-Cup, motocross and snowmobile feature events in his career.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
REID LANPHER, Driver of the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, On finally getting a chance to go back to Motor Mile this weekend: “I’m looking forward to it, for sure, It will be good to get back down and get in one of those cars. I want to see how good we can do down there. I’m sure that they’ve been working on car to make it better.
“It will be good to get back on it.”
On the recent break from Late Model competition with JR Motorsports: “The off time was really nice. I’m just hoping to start off where we left off. After that podium finish there early on, we had some struggles and I’ve had plenty of time up here (in Maine) to regroup. I’m not thinking about a new approach – I just want go in there and get back to work with the guys.
“I think one of my biggest problems is that people have started to look at me differently because we’ve struggled a little bit. My goal is to try and get myself to those guys’ level down there so they see that I can do this. Really, that’s about it. All I’m thinking to myself that it’s possible to have some success at Motor Mile, and I have done it. I just need to do it again.”
On what the Legends success has done for his confidence: “That gives me quite a bit of confidence, being so fast in that. Was down to the shop this week, making some major changes to the car. We’ll see how that plays out, see if we can come from the back again (on Thursday). We’ve been able to do it before, so we’ll se how it goes.”
“It’s really fun in those Legends. I love doing it, and I’m hungry to win some more. At the same time, I’d rather start 22nd and finish second every week than start in the Top-3 and win. Everybody knows how hard it is without qualifying and having to start out back, and doing that in 25 laps says something to people. Sure, everyone thinks I should be winning every week – but there’s a lot of luck involved in those.”
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