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Dreams do Come True – Preece Earns First NASCAR Xfinity Series Win at Iowa

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NEWTON, IA – JULY 29: Ryan Preece, driver of the #20 MoHawk Northeast Inc. Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR XFINITY Series US Cellular 250 Presented by American Ethanol at Iowa Speedway on July 29, 2017 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

NEWTON, Iowa — Ryan Preece’s short-lived, but ambitious 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule began three weeks ago at his de facto home track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

It ended Saturday in the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway — as confetti swirled and soared to highlight his first career series triumph in Victory Lane. 

Preece, held off a hard-charging Kyle Benjamin in a green-white checkered finish that came after the third restart in the race’s final 17 pulse-quickening laps. 

“I thought this race would never end, that’s for sure,” an emotional Preece told the NBCSN after finally slowing his fast Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 car to a stop. “But man, nothing’s going to beat today.” 

No one could beat Preece, who ran full-time in 2016, but chose to funnel his 2017 XFINITY Series resources into this two-race stint with JGR. 

NEWTON, IA – JULY 29: Ryan Preece, driver of the #20 MoHawk Northeast Inc. Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series US Cellular 250 Presented by American Ethanol at Iowa Speedway on July 29, 2017 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

That high-stakes gamble clearly paid off — as Preece beamed and raised his arms, his season over, but his future visibly brighter. 

“I don’t even know what to say,” said Preece, who owns 17 career NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour wins, including two this season. “I’ve got to thank everybody.” 

So he did. 

Benjamin settled for second, which also is his best career finish. Veteran Brian Scott took third in his first start of the season. 

“I was very nervous,” said Benjamin, who also runs part-time for JGR. “I wanted to make it happen right there.” 

Preece did just that, from start to finish, with a slight hiccup in between. 

He earned his first career Coors Light Pole Award earlier Saturday, powering to a lap of 24.072 seconds at a top speed of 130.857 mph. That dominance carried over into the first stage, which Preece led in its entirety. 

He dropped to sixth off pit road, however, which allowed Justin Allgaier to surge to the front. Allgaier would narrowly hold off Preece to win the second stage and gain a coveted playoff point, but a later gamble would reap misfortune instead of reward. 

Drivers faced a dilemma when Spencer Gallagher hit the wall, drawing the caution flag with 80 laps to go. Every top contender eventually dove onto pit road. Everyone except Allgaier, that is, whose team hoped another caution would help the decision pay off. 

That didn’t happen, as Allgaier swiftly dropped from first to seventh, then to 15th — and finally,  to a green flag pit stop that came with 25 laps to go. That longed-for caution finally flew shortly after Allgaier returned to the track when Sam Hornish Jr.’s No. 22 Ford hit the wall. 

Allgaier’s second bad break in as many weeks preceded that nerve-fraying — and caution-filled — finish.

 Points leader Elliott Sadler raced near the front most of the day, but ended up 12th. He maintains a 54-point lead over William Byron, who finished ninth. 

Preece clearly wasn’t racing for points. Only a win. 

NEWTON, IA – JULY 29: Ryan Preece, driver of the #20 MoHawk Northeast Inc. Toyota, affixes the winner’s decal to his car in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series US Cellular 250 Presented by American Ethanol at Iowa Speedway on July 29, 2017 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

And he edged Benjamin by a mere .054 seconds — a fitting margin to conclude a sprint-sized season that ended in happy incredulity. 

“I’m so at a loss of words right now,” Preece said. “I don’t know what to say. This is what emotion is, I can tell you that.”

Preece Returns To Winning Form Edges Coby For NASCAR Whelen Modified Victory At Stafford

STAFFORD, Conn. (April 30, 2017) – Returning to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time this year, Ryan Preece was itching to get back into Victory Lane.

He accomplished that goal Sunday in the 46th running of the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway.

He took the lead from race leader Doug Coby with 13 laps to go and drove away with his first career Spring Sizzler victory behind the wheel of his No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet.

The win was his first since August of 2015 at Bristol Motor Speedway and his first of the newly unified Whelen Modified Tour. Preece, who previously had won 15 times on the Whelen Modified Tour and three times on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, spent last year driving full-time on the NASCAR XFINITY Series and made just 10 starts between the two tours.

More importantly for Preece, his sixth victory at the Stafford half-mile came in the track’s prestigious spring race.

“This means more to me than my first tour win, it was so much hard work,” said an emotional Preece in the press box after the win. “My grandfather has won this race. There are just so many things that come to my head right now. I started racing a modified when I was 12 or 13 years old.”

Preece led 55 laps. Doug Coby, who set the track record en route to his sixth straight Coors Light Pole at the track Saturday, led a race-high 142. But a late caution helped set up Preece’s pass for the lead. While Coby snagged the lead back on the Lap 192 restart, Preece quickly powered back to the front.

Chase Dowling finished third. The 18-year-old won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 40-lap SK Modified division feature earlier in the day.

Eric Goodale led three laps and finished fourth, and Ted Christopher was fifth.

Rowan Pennink, Craig Lutz, Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore and David Sapienza rounded out the top 10.

Pennink took the championhip points lead by one over Timmy Solomito. Bonsignore is third, 16 behind Pennink and leading a pack of six drivers — including Preece in fifth — separated by just eight points.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, on May 13..

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-NAPA Spring Sizzler “200” Results
Sunday
At Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford Springs, CT
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 200 laps, 67.302 mph.
2. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
3. (6) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
4. (3) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
5. (9) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
6. (8) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 200.
7. (13) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
8. (7) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 200.
9. (5) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 200.
10. (16) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
11. (12) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 200.
12. (17) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
13. (15) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 200.
14. (19) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 199.
15. (22) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 198.
16. (21) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 198.
17. (24) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 197.
18. (26) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 193, mechanical.
19. (10) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 189.
20. (18) George Brunnhoelzl III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 186.
21. (14) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 175, accident.
22. (11) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Chevrolet, 169, accident.
23. (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 148, brakes.
24. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 83, mechanical.
25. (23) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 79, overheating.
26. (20) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 64, mechanical.
27. (28) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 50, mechanical.
28. (25) Gary Byington, Unionville, Conn., Chevrolet, 5, accident.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 29 minutes 9 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.220 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (100.581 mph, 17.896 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 46 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-44; R. Preece 45-86; D. Coby 87-162; E. Goodale 163-165; D. Coby 166-186; R. Preece 187-191; D. Coby 192; R. Preece 193-200.
Standings: 1. R. Pennink, 124; 2. T. Solomito, 123; 3. J. Bonsignore, 108; 4. E. Goodale, 106; 5. R. Preece, 104; 6. W. Pitkat, 104; 7. M. Zachem, 103; 8. M. Swanson, 100; 9. R. Silk, 96; 10. R. Summers, 92.

RYAN PREECE & MATT HIRSCHMANN HEADED TO HIGH BANKS OF BRONSON SPEEDWAY SATURDAY

Archer, Fl. Feb. 12th.

Arguably over the last decade in asphalt Tour Type Modified racing Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct. and Matt Hirschmann of Northampton, Pa. are currently two of the most successful and popular drivers competing. This Saturday February 18th the two young veterans will bring their talents to the high banks of Bronson Speedway for the Kickoff To Speedweeks 50 Powered By Sunoco Race Fuels.

Preece will come to the $2,400 to win Bronson event as the defending race winner with his TS Haulers team who have mapped out an energetic 40 race schedule for 2017. Ryan only ran a handful of races in the Eddie Partridge owned entry while running the Xfinity Series for the JD Motorsports team. Recently Preece the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and 15 time winner declared a return to his racing roots with the ambitious slate he and the TS Haulers team hope to run foregoing a return to Xfinity Series.

Last fall Matt Hirschmann known in racing circle as “Big Money” for his ability to choose and win the bigger paying races in asphalt Tour Type Modified ranks joined his famed father Tony as a 4-time winner of the prestigious Race of Champions at the Oswego Speedway. Matt also drove to victory in the season ending Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium on the Jersey Shore to conclude another successful season of winning big paying races. Matt will enter the PeeDee Motorsports machine at Bronson.

Sunday morning 2016 New York State NASCAR Whelen All American Series champion Jimmy Zacharias of Candor, NY confirmed he’ll be at Bronson Speedway this Saturday. Zacharias will steer the Midstate Basement Authorities/NAPA Auto Parts of Candor machine. Also readying for the Kickoff To Speedweeks 50 Powered By Sunoco Race Fuels are former Riverhead Raceway champion JR Bertuccio of Centereach, L.I. who will pilot his Gershow Motorsports Chevy. Bertuccio was 5th in the 2016 edition of the race. Christopher Young of Calverton, L.I. will make his first start in the race wheeling the Bill Mitchell Racing/Ace’s Landscaping Chevy.

Jeremy Gerstner of Wesley, Fl. will compete with his the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys entry, Gerstner’s racing resume includes Open Wheel Modified championships in 2003 & 2004 at Ocala Speedway as well a 2010 Open Wheel Modified title at Citrus County Speedway. Jeremy was runner-up to Preece last year and Sunday he announced he’ll field a second car for veteran Shawn Balluzzo of Hampton, Va. Balluzzo is a 4-time Langley Speedway Modified champion with his car backed by his own firm Shawn Balluzzo’s Signs & Graphics as well Q Auto & Injury Attorneys.

Adding further racing excitement to the Saturday night portion of the Kickoff To Speedweeks Powered By Sunoco Race Fuels weekend at Bronson Speedway are the Southern Pro Am Truck Series (SPATS), Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association, Pure Stocks, Strictly Stocks and Pro Challenge classes will be in action.

On Friday afternoon Bronson Speedway promoter Ann Young and her staff at Bronson Speedway will be hosting a Test & Tune for all divisions with just a $10 pit fee per team member charged. Pits will open for the practice at 12 noon with cars taking to the high banks at 2:00 pm.

Bronson Speedway is located at 9956 NE State Road 24 in Archer, Florida, 32618 and can be reached by dialing 352-486-4998.