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
February 13th, 2018
Redemption Night: Ryan Preece Bounces Back For Tour Type Modified Victory At New Smyrna
A www.racedayct.com article
Florida in February for those from Connecticut is supposed to be about happy moments and good times.
But there’s been little sunny about the Sunshine State the past few days for Berlin’s Ryan Preece.
But Tuesday night at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Preece righted all the wrongs.
Preece led from lap 14 on and pulled away from Matt Hirschman over the closing stages to win the 35-lap Tour Type Modified feature Tuesday at New Smyrna Speedway.
“When you beat that guy right there … that’s saying something,” Preece said of Hirschman, who won Saturday’s Tour Type Modified event at Bronson Speedway. “All these guys behind me, they’ve been working their butts off all week. We haven’t made it easy on them. … It’s just awesome. This is definitely the way I wanted to start [Monday]. But to be able to do it the next day, that’s a little bit more sweeter.”
Preece’s Florida week began with a wild wreck in practice at Bronson Speedway on Saturday. Monday, in the first night of Tour Type Modified action at New Smyrna, Preece led most of the way in the 50-lap feature before a mechanical failure ended his night late.
“We’ve done our homework,” Preece said. “… I don’t want any luck. I want to make my own way to victory lane and ultimately we started fourth, we got holes, we got some breaks, but we earned our way here. That crew right there is the one who earned our way here.”
Hirschman, of Northampton, Pa., was second and Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J. third.
Preece went by Hirschman for the lead on lap 14 and never trailed again.
“I knew I had a really good car,” Preece said. “[Hirschman] was better than me in some places but I was better than him in a few places. Ultimately, the hole opened up, I got a good enough run, got under him and once I got in front we were just kind of there even and then we were just able to inch away, inch away, inch away. We had a good enough car for 35 laps.”
Said Hirschman: “I just need to get a little bit better. … Bottom line is we just need to be better. The car is not quite to me liking. We still were the class of the field with Ryan and I, but we’ve got room to improve for sure.”
Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass., scored victory on the opening night of Modified racing at the World Series on Monday.
November 15th, 2017
2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES DRIVER AND CREW CHIEF LINEUP
Joe Gibbs Racing Press Release
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today its driver and crew chief lineup for 2018 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The lineup will feature Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones, Ryan Preece and an all-star lineup of current Monster Energy Cup Series drivers.
JGR announced last month that Christopher Bell would compete fulltime in the XFINITY Series next season. Since that time, he earned his first victory in the Series at Kansas Speedway on October 21. He will pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Jason Ratcliff serving as the team’s crew chief. Ratcliff is currently the crew chief for JGR’s No. 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team.
Joining Bell fulltime next season will be Brandon Jones behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota Camry for JGR. Chris Gabehart will handle the crew chief duties for the team in 2018.
In addition, JGR announces that Ryan Preece will return to drive a partial schedule behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Camry, with Eric Phillips serving as crew chief. Preece competed in three races for JGR this season and earned a top-five finish in each, including his first-career win at Iowa Speedway. He will also be behind the wheel of the No. 18 this weekend in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“Our NASCAR XFINITY Series program is so important to us at Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We are focused on the opportunities we have this weekend in Miami of course, but excited about the talented lineup of drivers we will have competing for us in 2018. The addition of Brandon Jones to our lineup will provide tremendous competition to the Series and give us two opportunities to run for the XFINITY Driver’s Championship, as well as the Owner’s Championship next season. For as young as he is, Brandon has gained a lot of experience across several different series and we are excited to see what he can do in our equipment and with Chris (Gabehart) leading that team.
“We’re proud of our crew chiefs in that series as well,” added Gibbs. “Jason (Ratcliff) is someone we obviously have a lot of confidence in having had great success for us in both the XFINITY and Cup Series. Having Chris (Gabehart) and Eric (Phillips) back gives us proven winners atop each pit box. We believe their experience and ability to work together will really help the development of our young drivers and help our veterans compete for wins each weekend.”
Jones has spent the past two seasons driving in the XFINITY Series. He has also competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), K&N Pro Series East, and ARCA this season. Over the course of his young career he has built an impressive resume of accomplishments which includes making the Chase in his NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie season (2016), compiling four second-place finishes in NCWTS and picking up a win in the K&N Pro Series (Iowa). He also has four ARCA Series wins, including two consecutive wins at Michigan, and was the first driver in ARCA history to win their first two races.
“I’m really fortunate to have gotten as much experience as I have to this point of my career and very thankful to have worked with so many great people and teams over the past several years,” said Jones. “When you look at what JGR has done with Toyota in the XFINITY Series over the past decade the results speak for themselves and I’m excited to go out next season knowing I have an opportunity to be successful each and every week.”
Preece has made three starts in the XFINITY Series for JGR this season and has earned one win, a second and a fourth-place finish. He will be driving JGR’s No. 18 entry on Saturday looking to earn the organization’s fifth Series owner’s Championship. The 26-year-old Berlin, Connecticut native is a very accomplished short-track racer with 20 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) career victories, 70 top-five and 96 top-10 finishes. He was crowned the 2013 season champion.
“Obviously I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities that I have already had with JGR this season and now to be able to increase the number of races next season is a great step in my career,” said Preece. “I’m looking forward to going out there and make the most out of the opportunity.”
Preece will share JGR’s third XFINITY Series entry with the organization’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Kyle Busch, the all-time leader in XFINITY Series wins with 91, is expected to run seven races in 2018, while Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Daniel Suárez and others will fill out the remaining races.