SCARBOROUGH — 16-year-old Reid Lanpher became the second first-time Pro Series winner in as many years during the Miller Lite American Celebration, leading the final 41 laps to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Firecracker 50 Tuesday night.
Lanpher, of Manchester, cruised away to victory over Bobby Timmons III and Steve Carrier. He followed a trend set by Tyler King a year ago in this very race after King scored his first career win in the annual Fourth of July week event.
“This is so awesome,” Lanpher said in Victory Lane. “We’ve been getting closer and closer, and the car finally had the feel I was looking for tonight. I was just hoping we wouldn’t get a caution toward the end. The car was so fast.”
Lanpher wasn’t the only first-time winner Tuesday.
Former Thursday Thunder champion Chaz Briggs held off all comers on a green-white-checkered restart in the 30-lap Wildcat feature for his first career win in that division.
The Sport Series provided the most dramatic finish of the night, following southern Maine’s most impressive fireworks display, as the top-four cars finished within half a car length of one another. Russ Morse picked up his second win of the season, beating Reggie Leeman and Clyde Hennessey to the line in a drag race off the final turn.
Beech Ridge returns to action this Thursday, July 3, for the fourth event of the Thursday Thunder series at 7 p.m.
The PASS North Series and PASS Modifieds invade Saturday, July 5, for the Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 150. Qualifying begins at 7 p.m.