It is not everyday you get the chance to spend a night at the Pastrana Compound and compete at the legendary New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Team EJP’s motocross team sent it down to Maryland to visit “Pastranaland” and compete at the Budds Creek National Amateur Day while Reid Lanpher took his Super Late Model to the hills of New Hampshire to face off with the PASS North’s best.
The Motocross schedule starting with a stop at Englishtown Raceway to spin some laps and send the big step up that over looks the park. Lane and Patrick quickly found a groove and finished the day confident and ready to race. Thursday was a tour day at Travis Pastrana’s compound to check out some of the spots where history has been made time and time again. We owe a special thank you to the family for having us out!
That night the team drove into the Budds Creek track and walked the course for the first time. The track was in perfect condition but with rain in the forecast, the team prepared for mud. When the gate finally dropped on Friday morning the skies had opened up and the mud was almost too much to race through. That did not hold back Lane Shorey from coming off the line out front. Lane would start up front in all of his motos and put the #141 on the top of the box going 1-1 in the 2-stroke class and 6-5 in Collegeboy. Patrick would have similar results getting the holeshot in all of his motos and going 2-4 for 4th overall in the 85 Senior 12-15 class. The Supermini class results did not show Patricks true speed because of a DNS in the first moto, but he still would leave the track with a 5th overall.
Saturday the team got to relax and watch the Pro riders compete in the mud. Check out some of the great photos we got from the event!
On the four wheel front, Team EJP had a successful return to NHMS as 17-year old Reid Lanpher competed in the first ever Super Late Model race at the facility. Lanpher was 4th fastest in Saturdays practice. He drew pill number 29 which put him at the back of the 2nd qualifying heat. The #59 EJP Racing turned the fastest lap times of the heat race and finished 3rd. The top 3 in each heat had to redraw for the feature and Lanpher drew the 8th starting spot. After a great start, Reid found himself battling for the 5th position on lap 5. He got into the marbles in the center of turns 3 and 4 and washed up into the marbles. Reid fell back to 14th. Buy by the time the next caution flag flew, he was up to 8th and was the first crate motor car in the running order. In the end, the big motor cars proved to me too much and Reid found himself running 12th with 4 laps to go when the power steering line blew, cutting his day short.
The team will be back in action this week as Lanpher returns to the seat of his Legend car on Thursday and the back in his Pro Stock for the Pass 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday.