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OAKS, PA  December 26, 2018 . . . Just a few weeks before he kicks off his quest for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors Ryan Preece will join Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham at the 34th Annual edition of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger Performance.

The three day show, featuring just about everything imaginable in motorsports, will take place Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20 at the hugely popular Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

Preece, a graduate of Quarter- Midgets, won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in 2013 after twice being runner-up in the standings. After 22 Modified Tour victories and 76 top-five finishes he took a huge chance and raised money to fund a move to NASCAR’s Xfinity Series.

After competing one year for an underfunded team, Preece risked all his funding on just three events. Driving a Joe Gibbs Toyota, he finished second to teammate Kyle Busch in his first chance in a top running car. After winning in his second effort, Gibbs granted Preece other assignments in one of his cars and he won again on NASCAR’s Xfinity series this past season on the high banks of Bristol in Tennessee.

The 27-year-old, a native of Berlin, Connecticut, recently got his big break to compete full-time next year on the Cup series. He has signed a multi-year deal to replace AJ Allmendinger as the 2019 driver of JTG Daugherty No. 47 Chevy.

“Tommy Lasorda (retired Hall of Fame coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers) says, ‘The difference between impossible and possible lies in a man’s determination,’ and I feel that JTG Daugherty has just that,” said Preece.

“It’s been many years of fighting for opportunities to compete and win races at NASCAR’s highest level, and it is nice to officially say that JTG Daugherty Racing is my new home for 2019,” reflected Preece. “I look forward to not only racing, but working with the team as well to build speed and create a name for myself here.”

Preece, and NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham will be crowd pleasers as they sign autographs and are interviewed during the show that will fill the giant Expo Hall.

Evernham will have a number of his very interesting race cars on display during the show. The first NASCAR Cup car that Waltrip ever drove will be at the event as well. Gary Mondschein will also have his always crowd pleasing Vintage Indy Cars as a popular attraction.

More than 200 racecars will be on display during the three days, with many top racers and motorsports personalities appearing. As usual, all autographs will be free.

There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items. A number of free industry seminars will be offered.

Also sure to be a crowd pleaser will be the “Reading Speedway Reunion.” That event will be dedicated to the memory of the great racing action that took place at Pa.’s Reading Fairgrounds Speedway before it closed 40 years ago. Drivers and team members who competed at that track will attend to meet the fans, and there will be a large display of vintage race cars that ran at Reading.

One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.

Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.

Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.

A few display spaces and room for race car display remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.


-Printed Image / Motorsports FanCards to Deliver to First 500 Fans Hero Card from Juice.Box Motorsports Designs-

Williamson, N.Y. – (August 26, 2018) – The first 500 fans that enter the gate on Friday night August 31 for the Tribute to “Pops” Leaty 75 will receive a commemorative hero card that will be used in lieu of an event program. A unique design in honor of the event and Ryan Preece in competition will be handed out to the lucky recipients as they enter the facility. The card will also carry the potential entry rosters for each division on the back. The design is a collaboration with art work coming from “Juice.Box” Motorsports Designs, based in Elma, N.Y., and printed by the Official Printer of the Race of Champions, Printed Image of Buffalo, New York.

The Race of Champions Tribute to “Pops” Leaty 75 for the Asphalt Modified Series in their only visit of 2018 to the historic Williamson, N.Y., oval. Last season, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., won in both Series appearances at Spencer.

“We’re definitely looking forward to Friday night,” stated Emerling. “It’s going to be a good show. I like Spencer, it’s a challenging race track and it definitely makes you get the elbows up and drive your racecar. The competition in this series is tough and it won’t be any different on Friday night, we hope to see everyone there.”

In addition to Preece and the stars of the Series, multi-time Series champion and five-time and defending Race of Champions 250 winner Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., has now cast his intentions of running at Spencer on Friday.

The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will be joined by the Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series and Lancaster National Speedway Type Street Stocks to fill out the action packed night of racing. Qualifying race winners will be receiving a $50 gift certificate courtesy of F/A Products (www.faproducts.com) in the Street Stock and Modified division.

Due to a contractual term between the track owner and speedway concession provider the food trucks, as originally stated will not be able to take part in the event.

Cavallaro-Neubauer Chevrolet Buick will present victory lane for the Modified race and have vehicles on display with information available in the midway or you can visit; www.cavneub-williamson.com.

Conway Beam Leasing will be presenting the victory lane for the Four Cylinder Dash Series event. Visit www.conwaybeamleasing.com for more information.

The Sodus Microd club will have a display as well a brief demonstration prior to the feature racing action.

The event night is being presented by Rochester Steel Treating Works, Inc. (www.rstwinc.com) and Cavallaro-Neubauer Chevrolet and Buick.

The gates open at 5 pm at Spencer Speedway for fans with racing to follow at 7 pm. General Admission tickets for the event are just $22, with a Senior and Military ticket being $19 (adult $2 coupons are available for the event throughout the region); Children 6-11 years of age are $8 and children 5 and under are free.

Where: Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

When: Friday, August 31, 2018. Grandstands open at 5 pm, racing at 7 pm

Directions: The track is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, N.Y. at 3020 Route 104, Williamson, N.Y. 14589

What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series “Tribute to Pops 75”, Lancaster Speedway Type Street Stocks, Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series.

More Information: www.spencerspeedway.org / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico Performance, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com


ALLENTOWN, PA October 26, 2017 . . . Ryan Preece, who won on NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and Whelen Modified Tour this season, will compete full-time in 2018 on the Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels.

The Berlin, Ct. driver has teamed up with his cousin Donny Preece to run the three race series which begins at Allentown, Pa.’s PPL Center on Friday and Saturday, January 5th and 6th.

In past years, Ryan has been extremely fast in limited appearances racing his own TQ Midget. Cousin Donny, however, has been part of one the most successful Indoor Racing Teams in history while teaming up with his close friend Ted Christopher.

Christopher, who lost his life in a plane crash on route to a NASCAR race in September, is the all-time win leader on the Indoor Auto Racing Series. “TC” drove to victory eight times while teaming with Donny Preece. That included four victories inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, stop two on the 2018 series on Friday and Saturday, January 26th and 27th.

Donny Preece, who co-owned the TQs with Christopher, has now taken sole ownership of the two cars he drove to so much success. These cars will be adapted in the coming months for Ryan to chase the indoor championship with in 2018.

Preece has had a Driver of the Year type season. Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, the 27 year-old won his first ever NASCAR Xfinity race in Iowa. In two other starts with the team, he finished second and fourth including a runner-up performance in his debut to teammate Kyle Busch on the New Hampshire mile.

Despite missing a NASCAR Whelen Tour event early in the season to be married, five Modified wins put Preece on top of the point standings late in the year. An offer to drive for Gibbs at a third event in Kentucky, eliminated Preece’s hopes to win his second Modified Tour championship. His performance in 12 of the 14 events and the help of two substitute drivers however was enough to clinch the car owner championship for Eddie and Connie Partridge.

The Preece combination makes them one of the early favorites on the Indoor Racing Series, but they’ll have plenty of competition from drivers from six dates and Canada.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY, also an eight time winner and three time Indoor Racing Series champion, will be just one of 60 other competitors. Rudolph is coming off an outside 2017 season in dirt Modified competition which produced 17 feature event wins and the BRP Modified Tour championship.

After winning the crown in 2015 and 2016, Rudolph finished second in the standings last year to Mooresville, N.C. driver Ryan Flores, who swept the Ironton Telephone events in Allentown last year. After working as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup crew member on The Wood Brothers No. 21 team this season, Flores is eager to get back behind the wheel at Allentown.

Driving a TQ Midget on the Indoor Series is a perfect off-season workout for the drivers. The TQ’s are open wheel race cars, specifically adapted for racing in the tight indoor speedway confines. Powered by a 750cc motorcycle engine, the car and driver weigh only 825 pounds allowing them to ignite to speeds up to 75 mph. The unbelievable racing, with lap times under eight seconds, has produced huge fan attendance.

These are not cookie cutter race cars held in a box by a large rule book. The suspension and car design are open to the team, making it a throwback style of racing.

The Allentown schedule calls for racing to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights. Champ Karts will be racing in a complete show on Friday night, with the Slingshots on Saturday night.

For choice tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com. The 2016 event was a sell-out.

The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.

The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at ticketmaster.com.

Further information is available at indoorautoracing.com, email to motorsports@aarn.com or by calling 609-888-3618.