July 28th, 2016
Flight Plan: Ryan Preece Lands For Victorious Night In SK Modified At Thompson
A www.racedayct.com release
THOMPSON – The road to shaking off a season of doldrums in an SK Modified at Thompson Speedway began Wednesday morning at about 4:30 am in Charlotte, N.C. for Ryan Preece.
And about eighteen hours later the frustrations were in the rearview.
Preece, of Berlin, got his first victories of 2016 in style Wednesday at Thompson Speedway.
Preece won the first segment of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified 20/20 Sprint and scored victory in the last of three segments to also take the overall win for the event.
Preece is competing full-time in the SK Modified divison at Thompson this year for car owners Cathy and Al Moniz, despite running full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and living in North Carolina. He is also running part-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Keith Rocco had won the first four SK Modified events this season at Thompson.
“It’s pretty special,” Preece said. “This year, it’s been a rough year. … Tonight was the night we took the monkey off our back hopefully. … I’m looking forward, I’m not looking backward. I feel like that’s what’s going to turn this season around.”
Preece was quick to rattle off the timeline of his day.
“Wake up at 4:30, got on a flight, landed 9:30 in Boston, took an Uber here,” Preece said. “Ate at the clubhouse, slept on the bench over by the snack shack in the pits. … It’s a long day.”
Preece said he isn’t worried that his busy schedule of racing and travel this year is hindering him in any way.
“I feel like you hear that sometimes people will think he’s traveling everywhere, he’s got too much going on,” Preece said. “But I think any racecar driver will tell you the more you’re in a seat the better you are and the more confidence you’ll gain. I’m definitely not getting tired. I love it. I miss that weekly grind, but at the same time I love the XFINITY Series.”
The event saw SK Modified drivers run two 20-lap feature races followed by a 10-lap shootout that was not considered a track feature. The overall winner was determined by the driver with the best average finish overall.
Preece finished fourth in the second segment.
Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. finished second in all three segments tying Preece for the average finish in the standings for the overall winner, with Preece winning the tiebreaker with the victories.
Keith Rocco of Wallingford won the second segment and finished third overall for the event with an average finish of 2.6. Rocco finished fourth in the first segment and third in the final shootout.
Preece got his first SK Modified feature win of the season at Thompson in the first 20-lap SK Modified feature of the night. Ronnie Williams of Tolland was third.
Preece took the lead from Pennink on lap eight and never trailed again.
“It was pretty tough there,” Preece said. “… We’ve been struggling with the brakes with this car and it’s been making us so free [into the corners]. … My owners, Al and Cathy, they work, they put their heart into this car. To fly up here today and win with them, it’s a lot of fun for me.”
In the second 20-lap segment it was Rocco holding off Pennink for the victory with Woody Pitkat of Stafford finishing third.
Pennink took the lead from Rocco on lap six, but Rocco fought back to regain the top spot on the next lap.
“It’s just a game up front when the cars are that equal and you have talent up front,” Rocco said. “You can just swap the lead back and forth and put a show on for the fans.”
In the final segment, Preece held off charges from Pennink and Williams over the closing laps to score the victory.
May 22, 2016
Cash Flow: Ryan Preece Wins MTS Winchester 200 At Monadnock Speedway
A www.racedayct.com article
Some moonlight this weekend from his full-time job with the NASCAR XFINITY Series paid off handsomely for Ryan Preece.
Preece, of Berlin, had a jackpot night Saturday in winning the inaugural Modified Touring Series Winchester 200 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H.
First place in the event paid $15,000 to Preece.
Eric Goodale of Riverhead, N.Y. was second and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. third.
“There were a lot of good cars and they were strong,” Preece said after the event to The Chrome Horn. “I kind of knew coming into this race that the tires were going to make the race. We bought only two sets of tires and we were able to buy a set off of Anthony Sesely since he was out of the race.”
On lap 170 Preece went to the lead of the event past Jon McKennedy and never trailed again.
Twenty-two cars started the event.
February 19th, 2015
Ryan Preece Closes Out New Smyrna World Series With Modified Win And Championship
A www.racedayct.com article
When Ryan Preece hits the 2.5-mile oval Saturday for his first XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway he will carry with him some sweet short track momentum of a job well done Friday.
Preece, of Berlin, closed out his second consecutive World Series of Asphalt Racing Tour Type Modified Division championship with a victory in Friday’s Richie Evans Memorial 100 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
“Winning a race with Richie Evans’ name on it, it really means a lot to me,” Preece told NASCAR Home Tracks of the Modified legend and NASCAR Hall of Famer. “That’s somebody, when you think Modifieds, you think Richie Evans. I’m a little young, so I wasn’t fortunate enough to race in Richie’s era. But you can type into YouTube and see some of the things he did. He really was an amazing driver. So to put my name on a trophy that has his name on it means a lot to me.”
Preece, driving for Ed Partridge’s TS Haulers team, finished the New Smyrna World Series week with runner-up finishes in the first two events of the week and victories in the second two events. The first night of the scheduled five night series was rained out Monday.
Eric Goodale of Riverhead, N.Y. finished second Friday and JR Bertuccio of Centereach, N.Y. was third.
January 25th, 2016
Ryan Preece To NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2016
'13 Mod Tour Champ Joins JD Motorsports
A JD Motorsports Press Release
GAFFNEY, S.C. – The 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series season will be brand new, and the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team is ready to shine in the new landscape.
NASCAR has changed the system that decides the championship in the Xfinity Series, adding a version of the Chase format that has been successful for several seasons in the Sprint Cup Series.
A victory in the first 26 races of the 33-race Xfinity season will all but guarantee a driver entry into the Xfinity Chase. Twelve drivers will make the Chase.
Drivers will race for the title through three rounds, with four being eligible for the championship in the season’s final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The Final Four driver who finishes the highest at Homestead will win the title.
“We’re ready to race for it,” said JD Motorsports with Gary Keller owner Johnny Davis. “We have the drivers, the cars and the resources here to make a run for the championship. We can’t wait to get started.”
JDM plans to field three cars again this season in the Xfinity Series.
Ross Chastain, who turned in a superior performance in his rookie Xfinity season last year, returns to the team’s No. 4 Chevrolets with backing from the watermelon industry. Brian Berry will be the team’s crew chief, with Gary Cogswell also on board at JDM as a co-crew chief and key mechanic across all of the team’s operations.
Former NASCAR Whelen Modified champion Ryan Preece takes over JDM’s No. 01 Chevys. Zach McGowan, already familiar with Preece from working with him in both Sprint Cup and Xfinity races, will be the team’s crew chief. Preece, who won the Modified championship in 2013, has raced with support from Mohawk Northeast, Inc., Mizzy Construction and Falmouth Ready Mix.
Eric McClure joins JDM to drive the team’s No. 0 Chevrolet in the season-opener Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway. Todd Myers will be crew chief. Reynolds Wrap will be McClure’s sponsor.
JDM plans to field the No. 0 cars throughout the season and is actively pursuing driver/sponsor partnerships going forward.
G&K Services, a long-time JDM sponsor, returns in 2016 as one of the team’s key ingredients.
“Everything is lining up well,” Davis said. “We expect to have three strong teams when we get things started next month in Daytona. We should be astronomically better than last year. We’re better prepared, and we have more resources.”
Chastain, 23, scored four top 10s for JDM last season, including a ninth-place run in the season-opening race at Daytona.
“I feel like we really overachieved last year, especially since I hadn’t been to a lot of the tracks,” Chastain said. “Now we’re back and we’ve regrouped. The right people are in the right places, and the morale of the whole team is better.”
Chastain said he’s shooting for race wins, a finish in the points top 10 and a run into the Chase.
Preece, 25, brings a strong resume to JDM. He finished as runnerup in the tough Whelen Modified Series in 2009 and 2012 before winning the title in 2013. He has 15 career wins in that series.
Preece ran five Sprint Cup races last season.
“It’s a great opportunity to run with Johnny Davis Motorsports,” Preece said. “I’ve been bouncing around between Sprint Cup and Xfinity, and it’s good to have a chance to run Xfinity full-time. It’s a lot of good seat time.
“I love to race, and it’s cool that NASCAR has given us the opportunity to shoot for the Chase and to race for a championship.”
McClure has finished in the top 20 in points in the Xfinity Series in each of the past five seasons. Also a former Sprint Cup driver, he brings a wealth of experience to JDM.
McClure raced for Davis in 2007 in the Xfinity Series.
“Johnny’s organization has come a long way,” McClure said. “It’s fitting that at this stage of my career that I can come back and partner up with a guy who knows how to race and knows how to maximize his opportunities. My career has sort of come full circle.”