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Ryan Preece Claims First Oswego Victory in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150

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OSWEGO, NY (September 2, 2017) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Ryan Preece etched his name into Oswego Speedway’s history books as a winner this past Saturday night in the second annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ‘Toyota Mod Classic’ 150 presented by McDonald’s.

Preece, a recent first time winner on the NASCAR Xfinity Series trail, qualified fourth with the TS Haulers, Maynard Troyer Tribute No. 6 and it showed in the early stages of the event that he was an immediate threat to win, quickly driving around Timmy Solomito to pull in behind the original front row of Matt Hirschman and Patrick Emerling on lap 2.

“I’ve been here at Oswego before, but never in victory lane,” Preece commented. “This really is pretty cool and a special one to me. The other one I want to win is the Race of Champions so hopefully I can come back for that one day and get here again. We just want to keep on winning.”

Less than ten laps after moving into third, Preece made his jump to the second spot under Emerling as ‘Big Money Matt’ was the early leader with Preece, then Solomito, Emerling and defending event winner Doug Coby leading the way at lap ten.

Hirschman hit traffic by lap 16 and the top five remained tightly knit until the yellow flag came out on lap 38 for a slowing Kyle Ebersole with Hirschman still in front as Preece, Solomito, Emerling, Coby, Pennink, Lutz, and Bonsignore continued to trail.

The green flag was back in the air six laps later for a lap 44 restart which saw Hirschman take off again despite a valiant effort by Preece to challenge him on the top side.

With 100 laps to go, Hirshman continued his dominance, at one point opening up a half staightaway advantage on the No. 6 of Preece. That was all put to rest when the competition caution was thrown on lap 75, allowing all drivers to head pitside for fuel and tires, which set up a perfect second half strategizing opportunity for the Preece team.

Unfortunately for Emerling, who had ‘home track advantage’ as far as the tour is concerned with several victories under his belt at Oswego, the Buffalo Auto Auction No. 07 was forced pitside on lap 86 with handling issues. This was the only major shakeup in the top five as Hirschman still continued to lead, Preece, Solomito, Coby and the 46 of Craig Lutz at lap 100.

The lone crash of the race occurred on lap 107, when the No. 82 driven by pavement star Ted Christopher made heavy contact into the turn three foam with something apparently breaking on that car. Christopher was done for the night.

It turned out to be the lap 112 restart after the track was cleared that set Preece up for victory as he took the top spot on lap 114, inching by Hirschman at  the entrance of turn three after yet another solid pitstop for the Ed Partridge owned machine.

The other car on the move after the restart was that of Bonsignore, who had restarted way back in the seventh spot before working his way by Luts to take fifth, but he didn’t stay there as everything went in Eric Goodale’s favor after his late-race pitstop, allowing the No. 58 to go from eighth to fifth on the final green flag run, impressively working by Max Zachem, Lutz and Bonsignore all on the top side to take the final spot wiithin the top five with just over ten laps to go.

Preece had never won at Oswego prior to Saturday night, but that sure didn’t show as he went on to dominate Hirschman in the closing stages as the two led Solomito, Coby, and Goodale to the checkered flag with with Bonsignore, Lutz, Zachem, Dave Sapienza and Rowan Pennink completing the top ten.

Hirschman, a former Race of Champions 250 winner at Oswego, felt he had the car to win, but the Pee Dee Motorsports team came up just a little bit short in their second NASCAR start of the 2017 season.

“We had a good run tonight,” Hirschman offered. “The car was really good the first half to stay ahead of (Ryan) Preece but not in the second half. He’s got the late race pit stops figured out and we just missed a little. We were pretty equal the first half but he was better the second half. Hopefully they have us back next year so we can do this again.”

Solomito was happy as well, coming home third in just his second career start at the ‘Steel Palace.’ He is now fourth in points heading into the next NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Riverhead Raceway.

“We had a real solid car lately and tonight we have continued our momentum,” he stated. “We were in the points race all through last week but had a couple bad nights, so  this should put us back in it. I think we will be alright and it’s nice to podium at Oswego.”

The Mod Squad appears at Riverhead for it’s second consecutive stop in New York State on Saturday, September 16th.

Classic Weekend action concludes at Oswego Speedway concludes on Sunday with the 61st Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds plus the Bud Light Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS. Tickets remain available for the most prestigious Supermodified race in the world and can be purchased at the track or by phoning a box office representative at (315)-342-0646.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

Toyota Mod Classic presented by McDonald’s (150-laps): 1. 6 Ryan Preece, 2. 60 Matt Hirschman, 3. 16 Timmy Solomito, 4. 2 Doug Coby, 5. 58 Eric Goodale, 6. 61 Justin Bonsignore, 7. 46 Craig Lutz, 8. 20 Max Zachem, 9. 36 Dave Sapienza, 10. 3 Rowan Pennink, 11. 64 Rob Summers, 12. 89 Matt Swanson, 13. 21 Ronnie Williams, 14. 77 Gary Putnam, 15. 39 Calvin Carroll, 16. 33 Wade Cole, 17. 82 Ted Christopher, 18. 07 Patrick Emerling, 19. 78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr, 20. 5 Kyle Ebersole, 21. 01 Melissa Fifield

Time Trials: 1. 60 Matt Hirschman – 17.640, 2. 07 Patrick Emerling – 17.662, 3. Timmy Solomito – 17.673, 4. 6 Ryan Preece – 17.709, 5. 2 Doug Coby – 17.720, 6. 3 Rowan Pennink – 17.836, 7. 51 Justin Bonsignore – 17.837, 8 46 Craig Lutz – 17.839, 9. 36 David Sapienza – 17.884, 10, 64 Rob Summers – 17.906, 11. 5 Kyle Ebersole – 17.918, 12. 58 Eric Goodale – 17.932, 13. 89 Matt Swanson – 18.012, 14. 77 Gray Putnam – 18.012, 15. 20 Max Zachem – 18.013, 16. 21 Ronnie Williams – 18.062, 17. Ted Christopher – 18.362, 18. 39 Calvin Carroll – 18.548, 19. 01 Melissa Fifield – 18.889, 20. 33 Wade Cole – 19,229, 21. 78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr. – 20.638

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
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.