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Connecticut native earns first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points win in thrilling overtime finish.

LOUDON, N.H. – Thirty-one cars entered Whelen 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), but the opening showdown of Doubleheader Saturday came down to just three, with Ryan Preece holding off a wicked fast Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk to earn his first-ever points win at his home track.

“I feel like I won Daytona,” Preece said. “If you’re from this area, this place means a lot to you. Coming here since I was a little kid, my grandfather and I used to camp right back there. Since I started racing the modifieds back in 2007, this has been that one track that has really alluded me… Really, really friggin’ happy to win this race.”

After swapping the lead throughout the white-knuckled 100-lap affair, a caution in the closing laps set up a thrilling overtime finish that saw Preece dive low into turn four to slingshot past Bonsignore and Silk to charge across the finish and capture the victory.  After 14 years of trying to win at his home track, Preece showed patience at the right time as Bonsignore and Silk charged into the final turns but their momentum carried them high and opened the door for the Berlin, Conn.-native to get past.

Bonsignore finished second, followed by Silk, Ronnie Williams and Jon McKennedy.

In addition to being his first points win at “The Magic Mile,” the Whelen 100 triumph marks the first victory of the season for Preece in the NWMT and his 23rd career victory.

Coming full circle from his early days camping at NHMS with his grandfather, Preece interrupted his victory lane celebration to sprint to the start/finish line and pull his wife from the grandstands to join the long-awaited festivities.

Doubleheader Saturday at NHMS continues with the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series donnybrook. Preece will look to cap an unforgettable weekend with another strong run in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 when the NASCAR Cup Series takes to the 1.058-mile track. Green flag is scheduled for 3:18 p.m.

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Ryan Preece to Enter Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road

Barre, VT — Thunder Road announced today that NASCAR Cup Series racer and Tour-type Modified standout Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will compete in this year’s Essex Equipment Vermont Governor’s Cup on Thursday, July 15. Preece will drive a car prepared by American-Canadian Tour and NASCAR Busch North Series legend Dale Shaw, who will also serve as his crew chief for the event.

Preece is in the middle of his third full-time season with the NASCAR Cup Series. He currently sits 24th in points driving for JTG Daughtry Racing. Prior to joining the team, Preece won two Xfinity Series races for Joe Gibbs. The Governor’s Cup will be Preece’s first time racing at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” and his first time in an ACT Late Model.

“I’ve never run at Thunder Road, so I’m pretty excited about it,” Preece said. “It will be nice, being able to jump into one of those cars, it seems like quite the racey track. I’m excited about it, and the ACT Late Models always put on a great show.”

Preece first came to the racing community’s attention an accomplished Modified racer. He earned his chance in NASCAR’s top series by winning multiple Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park championships and the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title. Preece also helped Ed and Connie Partridge win the 2017 Whelen Modified Tour owner’s championship. He has 22 wins on the series.

Even with his NASCAR Cup schedule, Preece continues to compete in Modified events around the region. He ran the NASCAR Modified event at New York’s Oswego Speedway this past Saturday and is planning to run multiple Outlaw Open Modified Series events at Thompson Speedway. Preece also won a SMART Modified Tour event at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway in early April.

Come July 15, he will turn his attention the Barre high banks. Although the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models are far different from the NASCAR Cup cars and Tour-type Modifieds he’s used to, Preece is eager to get to up to speed.

“To me, I’ve always looked at it as every race car is the same, and they all want to go left,” Preece said. “You just have to get them driving right. Thunder Road looks like a track I can relate to with all the tracks that I’ve been to. I don’t really know what to expect, but I can honestly tell you I’m going to show up and give 120 percent and try to win. That’s what I do as a race car driver, right? So I’m excited about it.”

Preece will be the latest NASCAR star to try their hand at Thunder Road. Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, and David Ragan have all come to the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” over the past 15 years. Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell, who won his first NASCAR Cup race in February, was the most recent invader with a ninth-place finish in 2019.

However, a NASCAR “ringer” has not won at Thunder Road since the mid-1970s, when Butch Lindley and Bill Dennis win Vermont Milk Bowls as part of the Northern NASCAR circuit. For Preece, winning is the main goal whenever he shows up at a racetrack, so he’ll be set on breaking that drought.

 “I love racing, I like competition, but I race because I want to win — just like any other race car driver, right?” Preece said. “But that’s what really drives me, is success and winning. That’s what I enjoy. I like trying out different racecars, but I want to be able to say that I’ve won in that type of car. Pretty much all the way up until this point, every different type of racecar I’ve driven, I’ve won in except for a Cup car. I’d like to continue going with that and have the ability and the chances to do those things.”

Thunder Road is next in action this Thursday, June 17 at 7:00pm for Casella Waste Systems Night. The RK Miles Street Stocks will run double features to make up their Memorial Day Classic event. They’re joined by full card for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. The annual Kids Rides are also scheduled from 4:00-4:45pm for youngsters ages 12 and under to take a ride around the high banks.

Admission to Casella Waste Systems Night is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and $30 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids). Advance tickets are available at www.happsnow.com/event/Thunder-Road-Speedbowl. All Thunder Road events are also live-streamed on FloRacing for those with a monthly or yearly subscription.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT. For more information about FloRacing, visit www.FloRacing.com.

Preece Officially Enters Thompson Icebreaker 125

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Waterbury, VT & Naples, ME — One of the top Modified and stock car racers in the country is coming to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend. Berlin, CT’s Ryan Preece has officially entered the Outlaw Open Modified Series Icebreaker 125 scheduled for Sunday, April 11 as part of the annual season-opening Icebreaker.

Preece, who is in his third full season of NASCAR Cup Series competition, will drive the familiar Eddie Partridge-owned #6CT Riverhead Raceway Tour-type Modified. He joins a list of more than 30 drivers aiming for the $10,000 top prize in the Outlaw Open Modified Series debut.

The 30-year-old immediately becomes one of the favorites in the Icebreaker 125. Preece is a former Thompson Speedway Sunoco Modified Champion, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, and two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series winner. Most recently, he won the SMART Modified Tour event at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on April 3 and currently sits 18th in Cup Series points. Preece will run the same car at the Icebreaker that he used to win the South Boston event in dominating fashion.

The Thompson Speedway show is the finale of a busy weekend for Preece. He’ll be running the NASCAR Whelen Modified event at Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway on Thursday April 8 along with the Cup Series event there on Saturday, April 10. Preece will then travel to Connecticut on Sunday for practice, qualifying, and the 125-lap main event.

“It’s because I like to try and win, and I obviously have Eddie and Connie Partridge as car owners that allow us to do it,” Preece said. “You have these cars because you want to go race them and hopefully win the money. We want to go compete. We aren’t going to just let them sit on jack stands.”

“I think we have a good chance (to win),” Preece added. “There are a bunch of different motor combinations and drivers, but we have strong race cars. We have the best you could ask for.”

Preece joins a long list of accomplished Modified racers coming to Thompson Speedway this weekend. Fellow NASCAR champions Doug Coby, Ron Silk, and Bobby Santos III have entered the Icebreaker 125, as have many other Tour-type Modified champions and winners. The addition of Preece and North Easton, MA’s Rob Richardi Jr. brings the official entry list to 31 drivers with more expected on Sunday.

The event will be 125 green flag laps, as opposed to 150 laps with cautions counting as in past Icebreaker events. Preece doesn’t feel the green-flag lap strategy is going to be much different and says it will just come down to playing it out during the day.

“I think you just have to be aware of how the race is playing out with the strategy and just be there at the end of it,” Preece said.

Wherever he finishes, Preece gets to compete back home in front of the Connecticut race fans where he grew up. Preece was raised a little more than an hour from the track and was a fixture at the track before successfully making the jump to the NASCAR national touring series.

“It’s really cool,” Preece said. “I think it’s awesome what Thompson is doing, having these open shows, and paying $10,000 to win is great. We need more of these (events) in Modified racing. Being home in Connecticut, I’ve been racing locally for a long time. Going to Thompson, it’s nice to see people you’ve been around for years and it’s great being with those who support you.”

Thompson Speedway opens its 82nd season with the annual Icebreaker on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. Ten local and regional series go green at the two-day racing festival. Sunday’s card features the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series. There’s also a 40-lap ACT-type Late Model shootout plus the Limited Sportsman and SK Light Modifieds. Post time is 1:15pm.

Saturday’s six-division card is highlighted by the Thompson 75 for the PASS North Super Late Models beginning at 1:00pm. They’re joined by the Sunoco Modifieds, NEMA LITES Midgets, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, Mini Stocks, and an 8-Cylinder Street Stock Open. An optional Test N’ Tune practice day is slated for Friday, April 9 for all Icebreaker divisions.

Adult general admission is $30 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under are $10 each day. Advance tickets are available at https://happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ. Grandstand attendance is limited to 50% of capacity per Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines. Pit passes will be sold at the track.

Speed51.TV is also offering a live pay-per-view broadcast for both days of the Icebreaker. PPV passes are $29.99 for Saturday-only, $34.99 for Sunday-only, and $54.99 for both days. Sign up now at https://www.speed51.tv/products/ppv-2021-icebreaker-weekend-pass-at-thompson.

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