June 17th, 2018
Ryan Preece Wins Prestigious Islip 300 At Riverhead Raceway
Bob Finan PR
Popular Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct. went back to basics in the set-up of his Eddie & Connie Partridge Tour Type Modified Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway and did it ever pay off as he won the 2nd annual Islip 300 worth $7,000 to the winning team. For Preece a two time winner on the Xfinity Series of NASCAR it was his 16th career win at the historic quarter mile oval.
Ronnie Williams was quickest in qualifying turning in a lap of 11.910 just edging out former three time track champion Howie Brode who went 11.918 while Preece could only muster a 14th place effort in time trials. Williams steering a tribute Gershow Motorsports machine in tribute to Don Howe’s 1994 machine that he won a championship with for owner Joe Bertuccio jumped to the lead at the throw of the green. Howie Brode tucked in behind Williams but the leader would soon pull away from the challenger over the first 60 laps. Meanwhile Preece was on the march from what would be a 12th starting spot and soon made his presence known racing by Brode on lap 64 for second.
During the race WMT standout Eric Goodale was doing color commentary and noted over the airwaves that Ryan’s car “had amazing drive off the corners”. Indeed going back to an old Riverhead set-up clearly gave Preece the best car on the track as just two laps after moving to second he wheeled by Williams on lap 66 for the race lead. Once out front Preece’s goal was to put as many cars as he could a lap down and at one point there were just five cars on the lead lap. His other strategy was to stay out as long as he could before pitting under yellow for his three change tires. Other drivers like John Fortin Sr. had another game plan pitting early for a right front tire and then later for the two rears. Fortin would become a contender for the race win later in the contest. Among those who ran second to Preece over the first two thirds of the race included Williams, Kyle Soper and Howie Brode.
Preece would pit for his change tires just after the 200 lap mark of the race moving John Fortin Sr. to the race lead on lap 215. However armed with three new tires Preece’s car was again on rails and he wasted little time taking back the race lead from Fortin on lap 222. However during a long green flag run after taking back the lead Ryan’s car seemed to level off allowing not only Fortin to pressure the leader but also John Beatty Jr. who with 40-laps remaining got by Fortin and set sail for Preece. Beatty was able to stay right in the tire tracks of Preece and on occasion tried to cross the leader over off the corners but Ryan was able to inch away each time.
When the checker flag waved Ryan Preece would indeed by the winner of the Islip 300 and he was quick to point out how he got there, “you see all these guys out here, they busted their butt for me and this win is for them” Preece boasted. He also admitted, “we came here last week and I was embarrassed but that was on me, I tried something and it didn’t work. Tonight we threw an old set-up at the car and the thing was quick right off the truck”. With it being Father’s Day weekend Ryan added, “I can’t thank my Dad enough, without him I would be where I am today. Also a big thank you to Eddie & Connie for letting me drive their car”. In conclusion the happy winner added, “it is so cool to win the Islip 300 and better yet to win here three weeks before the Buzz Chew Chevy 200 WMT is even better, we’ll have something for them that night (July 7th).
John Beatty Jr. of Merrick was runner-up in the MSM Elite Motorsports Chevy sending praise the race winners way, “hats off to Ryan and his team, they had a great car. So did we, his was just that much better”. John Fortin Sr. was third in his Long Island Truck Parts Chevy, “we were good” John stated afterwards, “if I had it to do over again I may not have come in so early for that right front tire, she wore out and I was sliding the nose late in the race”. Kyle Soper of Manorville crossed the line fourth while Dave Brigati of Calverton completed the top five.
April 14th, 2018
Ryan Preece doubles up, grabs Xfinity win and Dash 4 Cash bonus at Bristol
A www.nascar.com article
Ryan Preece rolled to victory and a $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Preece’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota led 39 of the 300 laps in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300. His first win of the year was his first in the series at Bristol and the second of his Xfinity career.
Justin Allgaier recovered from a Stage 1 incident and wound up second in the JR Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet. Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler and Spencer Gallagher completed the top five.
Preece collected the Xfinity Series’ Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus, edging out three other eligible drivers — third-place finisher Hemric, Cole Custer (eighth) and Christopher Bell (29th). Top finishers Allgaier, Hemric, Sadler and Gallagher will be eligible for the next six-figure payday in the series’ next race, Friday’s ToyotaCare 250 (7 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Richmond Raceway. Preece is not on the entry list for Richmond’s 250-lapper.
Brandon Jones led a race-high 106 laps in a bid for his first series victory but faded to a sixth-place finish. Jones’ No. 19 team opted for a two-tire pit stop on the final pit stop while his rivals chose four. Preece pulled away from Jones on the final restart to lead the final 10 laps.
Bell’s exit from Dash 4 Cash contention was the most dramatic. The Joe Gibbs Racing rookie led 35 laps, won the race’s first stage and was running third when trouble started in front of him just before the halfway point. Ryan Sieg’s car initiated contact that spun Vinnie Miller’s No. 01, slowing Cody Ware’s No. 74.
Bell, unable to stop or take evasive action, piled in to the Miller-Ware fracas and made heavy contact with the right side of the No. 20 Toyota.
“That was our worst run handling-wise,” said Bell, who was sidelined after completing 140 laps. “I thought we had a car that was capable of doing it and then a guy that’s a couple seconds off the pace spins out in front of me.”
The race was slowed by 13 caution periods, the most for an Xfinity Series event at the .533-mile Tennessee track since 2006.
This story will be updated at www.nascar.com