Dirty Dozen Late Model Series: Reid Lanpher Southern Nat'l Motorsports Park Race Preview


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MANCHESTER, Maine – Reid Lanpher of Manchester, Maine, returns to JR Motorsports this Saturday, March 16, in the Southern National Motorsports Park Twin 100s – the second event in the 12-race Dirty Dozen Cup – in Lucama, N.C. The 14-year-old Lanpher will drive the No. 8 JRM Chevrolet for the team owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the .4-mile banked oval. Lanpher posted a pair of Top-12 finishes two weeks ago at Southern National Motorsports Park in his first career Late Model start, finishing 11th in the first 100-lap race and 12th in the second 100-lap feature. The Dirty Dozen Cup consists of 12 races – six each at Southern National and Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia.





WHO: Reid Lanpher, Manchester, Maine
TEAM: No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Seth Kooika, Mooresville, N.C.
WHAT: “Dirty Dozen” Southern National Twin 100s
WHERE: Southern National Motorsports Park, Lucama, N.C. (.4-mile banked oval)
WHEN: Saturday, March 16 – 9 a.m., practice; 12:15 p.m., qualifying; 2 p.m., race
Dirty Dozen Cup
NEXT RACE: April 6, Southern National Twin 100s, Southern National Motorsports Park, Lucama, N.C. (.4-mile banked oval)



·         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 won the Super Late Model feature at the Wiscasset Speedway's “Fall Brawl” last October, earning a victory in just his third career Super Late Model start.

·         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 Fairlawn, Va.

·         Just 14 years old, Reid Lanpher has already won Super Late Model, Modified, Legend, go-kart, Mini-Cup, motocross and snowmobile feature events in his career.

·         Reid Lanpher will also compete in PASS-sanctioned Super Late Model races this season with his family-owned team at both Oxford Plains Speedway and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, as well as compete in select weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.



REID LANPHER, Driver of the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, On how he feels heading to Southern National Motorsports Park for a second time with JR Motorsports this weekend: “I'm so much less nervous than the first time I went in there two weeks ago. I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do this week knowing what we have for a car, what we're going to see for competition, and what the track is like.


“I've got a lot of laps in there, so it should be a lot better off going into the event. Hopefully, we'll keep gaining on what we did last time. Every time I get in the car, I learn something different. It's about finding little things and learning and learning off of those. Hopefully, we'll find a couple more tenths (of a second per lap) and get in the Top-10 this week.”


On how his goals have changed for the return trip to Southern National: “Like I said, we really want to get a Top-10. We were bumming last time because we were right in the Top-10 there for one of those races toward the end. A lot of teams were in the same boat we were, not having raced much or at all this year before that, so we know everybody else is going to be better this race – just like we hope to be. We can't expect to gain and other people not to.


“It's still going to be very, very difficult competition, but I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do.”


On whether the style of racing surprised him at all: “No, not really. There were just a lot of good guys there. They've all been racing a long time. Most all of them raced with respect, and there wasn't anybody I was intimidated to be be around on the track. Everybody was clean out there, but the only difference down there is they don't seem to mind wrecking as much as we do up here (in the northeast).


“But as far as the racing goes, everything's really close. It's good racing down there.”




The Dirty Dozen Cup returns to the track at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, N.C., for Twin 100 Late Model events on Saturday, April 6... Reid Lanpher will make his third consecutive start in the JR Motorsports No. 8 JRM Chevrolet in the event.



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Theriault In Crazy Horse Car For Select Races

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BKR Development Driver To Run Own Car In Six PASS Races In Maine


SOUTH PARIS, Maine – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, will compete in at least a half-dozen PASS North Series races in his home state in 2013, including the prestigious 40th running of the TD Bank Oxford 250 on July 21.



The Brad Keselowski Racing development driver and most recent winner in the PASS South Series will run the same Crazy Horse Racing chassis that he won races with in New England on both the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS North Series.


“I feel like we can definitely compete up there with this car,” Theriault said. “Crazy Horse puts out a good product, and everybody knows I worked with them for quite a while now. It's going to be awesome to go back up and be a part of what they're trying to build.”


Theriault moved to Mooresville, N.C., to work for Brad Keselowski Racing this winter. He won the PASS South Carolina Clash 150 last weekend at Dillon Motor Speedway in the closest finish in PASS South Series history and will race three more times this spring in the BKR No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford before making his first appearance in New England.


He plans to compete in the PASS North Series opener at Oxford Plains on April 21 and then join the series again on May 5 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. He'll return to Beech Ridge on July 6, two weeks before the Oxford 250, and then close out his New England schedule with the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge in mid-September and the PASS North Series finale at Oxford on September 28.


Both Beech Ridge and Oxford have significance to Theriault's career. He made his first career ACT Late Model Tour start at Oxford in 2009, and he earned his first career victories at both Beech Ridge (ACT) and Oxford (PASS).


“It comes down to the fact that I think we can compete for wins up here, and it's also nice to not forget where you came from and support the people who supported you for a bunch of years,” Theriault said. “That's why I'm racing up north – to support (Crazy Horse Racing owners Mitch and Judy Green) and all the people who have played a part in my career and made it possible for me to get where I am now.”


For Theriault, returning to the Oxford 250 was something he was certain he wanted to do. In 2011, he finished third in the Oxford 250 to become the youngest podium finisher in the history of of the marquee midsummer event, and he repeated that performance in 2012 with another third-place finish.


In both cases, he turned in his eye-opening efforts in a Crazy Horse Racing chassis. He backed those up by winning the PASS North Series Championship 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway last October.


“I'm excited. We've got a really competitive package for Beech Ridge and Oxford,” Theriault said. “We were able to show that last year. With a little bit of work we were able to go out and compete with the Super Late Models at Oxford.


“It's a flexible package that they have (at Crazy Horse). We demonstrated it at Oxford, as far as being able to switch back and forth from an ACT Late Model to a PASS Super late Model in a small amount of time with a relatively small amount of money. It's its own learning curve being able to do that, but it makes it easier with the right people and the right knowledge behind you.”



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