October 25th, 2016
Ryan Preece Gets $5K SK Modified Victory
A www.racedayct.com article
Sunday night Ted Christopher joked about eight wheels being better than four in regards to his race winning pass of Ryan Preece in the SK Modified feature at the Bemers Big Show at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
In the end though Ryan Preece got the last laugh, and the $5,000 winner’s check.
New London-Waterford Speedbowl management has confirmed exclusively to RaceDayCT that Christopher, of Plainville, was disqualified from the victory in the shortened SK Modified feature for using illegal fuel.
Preece, of Berlin, who was second behind Christopher when the race was stopped with 14 laps remaining, has been declared the winner and will collect the $5,000 winner’s purse.
“Generally we wait until Tuesday because we’re holding NASCAR points and we’ve got our motions that we need to go through to make sure that we make the correct decisions,” New London-Waterford Speedbowl general manager Shawn Monahan told RaceDayCT Monday morning. “But the technical staff has made it extremely clear that there’s not a gray area and it’s 100 percent that Ted Christopher is [disqualified].”
Said Preece: “I’m just looking at the trophies, it’s a pretty big deal, especially with that car. We’ve finished second twice this year with it. It’s definitely had the speed. Either way, I wish we could have finished the race and not have finished like that. You win some, you lose some. It doesn’t really matter how you get it when it’s $5,000 in the end.”
Paul Kusheba IV, who finished fourth, was also disqualified for using illegal fuel.
“That’s a bunch of [expletive],” Christopher said. “How does [Kusheba] and us both have the same exact number, but both of us bought fuel, 10 gallons from one truck and 10 gallons from the other? They bought 20 gallons of fuel there. We both bought 10 and 10. Just for some reason the circumstances played that where one truck they bought it from and then bought it from another truck. And we both did that. How the [expletive] can you both have the same exact number? It’s pretty odd that two cars have the same number? Who knows? One truck has a little water, [expletive] condensation. You’re talking two numbers off on 700 numbers.”
Preece had taken the lead from Christopher with 30 laps remaining, but with 15 laps to go, Preece chose the outside lane on a restart and Christopher took advantage, driving him up the track into turn one to take over the lead. A lap later the car of Diego Monahan darted head-on into the track entrance gate in turn four. The damage to the gate forced track officials to red-checker the race with Christopher declared the winner.
“He picked the outside, I didn’t pick it,” Christopher said in victory lane of the restart. “Eight wheels are better than four.”
Monahan also confirmed that Steve Masse, who finished fifth in the original finish on the track, was penalized two positions for a weight infraction. After the penalties, it ended up that Ronnie Williams of Tolland was moved from third to second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford from sixth to third. With the two disqualifications in front of him, Masse ended up back to fifth after all the penalties were assessed.
The penalty drops Christopher from third to fifth in the final standings for the division. Rocco won the division championship with Dennis Perry finishing second. Joey Gada now moves to third behind Perry in the standings and Tyler Chadwick moves to fourth.
October 17th, 2016
High Flyer: Ryan Preece Jets Late To SK Mod Win At Thompson Speedway
A www.racedayct.com article
THOMPSON – Late was operative word for Ryan Preece this weekend at Thompson Speedway.
Late night traveling, late arriving to the line and late dramatics to get a win.
Preece used a last lap pass of Rowan Pennink to win the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Sunday.
It was the fourth victory of the season for Preece, of Berlin.
Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. was second and Ronnie Williams of Tolland third. Keith Rocco won the championship with a fifth place finish.
After racing with the XFINITY Series at Kansas Speedway Saturday Preece arrived back in Charlotte late Saturday night and then took an early morning flight to Hartford.
Before the start of the feature he had to go to pit road.
“We almost didn’t make it out there,” Preece said. “That was interesting. I pulled out and it wouldn’t go into high gear. It was like stuck. I don’t know what happened. We jacked the car out and it got out.”
Preece started at the rear of the 24-car field and diced his way quickly up to the front runners. By lap eight he was running third behind Williams with Pennink leading.
Preece went by Williams for second on lap nine then began hounding Pennink’s back bumper.
On the final lap Preece got under Pennink in turn one, with Pennink going up the track in turn two. Preece came off turn two with the lead. Pennink gave him a hard shot in turn three, but it wasn’t enough to pry him from the lead.
“I was kind of riding there behind Rowan between lap 10 and 20, just kind of watching his car to see when it would start freeing up,” Preece said. “Right when his car started to free up I think I beat on it a little too early and I freed myself up. There was about four to go and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get him on the outside so I just started working the bottom. We kept getting closer and closer. With about one lap to go – if there was 10 more laps or five more laps you can keep on edging it up – but him and I both send it in there. We rubbed a little bit, I didn’t make him wreck or anything. We raced to the end so. It was a good race.”
Preece won the final three events of the year.
“We definitely hit something there in August with the car and I think it definitely showed,” Preece said. “Even today we definitely weren’t at our best, but we were just good enough.”
October 6th, 2016
Ryan Preece Wins NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Finale At Charlotte
A www.hometracks.nascar.com release
CONCORD, N.C. – Ryan Preece made an impressive pass by George Brunnhoelzl III and went on to win the Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150 Thursday night on the quarter-mile track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his third win on the southern tour.
While Preece celebrated the win, Burt Myers enjoyed winning his second NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship. Myers, also scored his first tour title in 2010 at CMS, won three times on the 2016 schedule and held the lead throughout the season.
The Walnut Cove, N.C. driver entered the season finale just needing to take the green flag to celebrate and deny Andy Seuss a third straight crown.
Brunnhoelzl held on to finish second in the race and also pass Seuss for second in the final standings.
James Civali finished third in the race with Danny Bohn and Bobby Measmer Jr. completing the top five.
Burt Myers was sixth followed by Seuss, Kyle Bonsignore, Jason Myers, and Trey Hutchens III completed the top 10.
Bonsignore also secured the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award competing in every race on the schedule.
The Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150 will be televised on NBCSN on Friday, Oct. 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Burt Myers is the third champion to be crowned in the NASCAR Touring division and he’ll join the other six touring and weekly series champions from across the globe on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Charlotte for the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards celebration.
The event will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Convention Center for the seventh consecutive year.