From Oxford 250 to Beech Ridge, Gerry and Lanpher battle to finish

SCARBOROUGH — Testament to just how competitive in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Curtis Gerry and Reid Lanpher continued their two-season long battle for supremacy on the region’s biggest stage Sunday night.

And that battle will come right back to Beech Ridge for the NASCAR Nite season finale on Saturday, September 2, at 7 p.m.

Gerry, of Waterboro, led the final 53 laps Sunday night to win the prestigious 44th annual Oxford 250, holding off Lanpher in the closing laps.

“This is just unbelievable,” Gerry, the reigning Beech Ridge Pro Series champion, said in Oxford 250 Victory Lane. “It’s not even sinking in.”

Lanpher, the 2015 Beech Ridge champion, holds a 20-point lead over Gerry heading into Saturday’s season finale. He’s won five feature races this season to Gerry’s three, including three in a row in the month of August.

“There’s no one I wanted to see win the Oxford 250 more,” Lanpher said of Gerry, “unless it was me, obviously.”

Three Beech Ridge weekly drivers finished in the top five in the Oxford 250, separating themselves from 65 cars who began Sunday trying just to qualify for the race. Mike Rowe, a two-time Beech Ridge champion, finished fifth. Garrett Hall, a former Sport Series champion and Pro Series feature winner this season at BRMS, finished eighth in the 250.

In other divisions, Sally Gherardi has a 28-point lead over Richard Pelton as she seeks her first Sport Series championship since becoming the only woman in speedway history to win a title back in 2008. In the Wildcat division, Adam Lovejoy has six wins this season and will clinch the championship by simply starting his qualifying race on Saturday.