Reid Lanpher accomplished a rare feat on Sunday afternoon: he beat Eddie MacDonald at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Lanpher powered around the 10-time NHMS winner on the final lap to win the $5,000-to-win Granite State Pro Stock Series race during the second New England Short Track Showdown.
Apart from a lap led by polesitter Ray Christian and a lap led by Derek Griffith following a restart, MacDonald dominated most the 50-lap race. However, as the laps clicked off, Lanpher closed in on “The Outlaw” at a dramatic pace.
After following MacDonald for a trio of laps, Lanpher eventually made his move with a strong run off turn two on the final lap. From there, he put MacDonald in his rearview mirror over the final half mile to score his first career win at the NHMS oval.
“Eddie was giving it his all. I appreciate him racing me clean,” Lanpher said in victory lane. “It was a fun race for sure. I never thought I’d get a win on the oval here.
“That was quite the race. We started off really loose pretty much every caution. It just kept getting better. I didn’t think we’d have anything for Eddie there. But man, these tires. Nobody really knew what we were up against with these McCreary tires. They just kept getting faster in my opinion. We were sailing through the corners pretty good at the end of that race.”
Despite a strong run, MacDonald’s bid for an 11th career victory at the Loudon, NH oval came up just short.
“He had a heck of a run coming off turn two,” MacDonald said of Lanpher’s pass for the lead. “Those guys definitely have that car going good. When he wanted to pass me, he just decided to go. Definitely good job to those guys, congratulations to them. I’ve got to thank my guys. They gave me a fast car; that thing was awesome to drive. I just wish we could have got the win.”
After grabbing the lead for one lap after the halfway mark and battling MacDonald for the lead, Kulwicki Driver Development Program driver Derek Grffith finish third. Granite State Pro Stock Series regulars Nick Lascoula and Cory Casagrande turned in strong performances to round out the top five.
Lanpher’s win on Sunday afternoon comes ahead of a scheduled NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 21 during the track’s NASCAR Cup Series weekend.
“My confidence will be a little bit better heading into that K&N race after this,” Lanpher stated. “Every lap helps out there. It’s a trick track, so I’m really excited for that race for sure.”
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Granite State Pro Stock Series Unofficial Results
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – June 24, 2018
|7||46||Dennis Spencer, Jr.|
|14||57||Scott “Zig” Geno|
|15||93CT||Ray Christian III|