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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.

For a NASCAR race weekend schedule, visit NHMS.com/Events/Foxwoods-Resort-Casino-301/Schedule/

*Schedule subject to change.


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Ryan Preece Posts $500 SK Modified® Bonus for NAPA Fall Final

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(Stafford Springs, CT)—Ryan Preece Racing has announced a $500 bonus for Sunday’s SK Modified® feature at the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final. The bonus will be split with $250 going to the winner and $250 to the hard charger of the race, the driver advancing the most positions over the course of the feature.  With the bonus, Sunday’s 40-lap SK Modified® feature will pay $2,075 to win, with a total posted purse of $10,060.

“I’m excited to have the ability to post this bonus for Stafford’s SK Modified® teams,” explained Preece.  “I attribute much of the opportunities I have today to my time spent on the Stafford half-mile running against guys like Ted Christopher, Keith Rocco, and Woody Pitkat.  The SK Modified® division is one of the toughest weekly divisions in the country and is home to some of the best short track talent around.”

Preece is no stranger to Stafford Victory Lane, notching 35 career victories including back to back Spring Sizzler® wins and a $12,000 pay day in the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K, the richest SK Modified race of the season.  Most recently Preece grabbed the win in the June 2019 Stafford Open Modified 80 in Ryan Preece fashion, pitting late and blasting through the field with just 25 laps to go.

“I wanted to post a hard charger award because the challenge at Stafford is starting deep in the field,” continued Preece, driver of the #47 JTG Racing Cup Car.  “With Stafford’s handicapping system and big car counts the top drivers always end up starting outside the top-10.”

Preece is currently in his rookie season in the Monster Energy Cup Series driving the #47 car for JTG Daugherty racing. Ryan has scored 3 top 10’s in his rookie campaign including a career best 3rd place run at Talladega in April.

“We want to thank Ryan for posting this bonus,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “Ryan’s passion for short track racing is unrivaled and he is a great representative of modified racing at the cup level.  All of us at Stafford are proud to have a past SK Modified® champion competing at the highest level of our sport and we look forward to whenever he gets a chance to come back to half-mile to compete.”

Tickets for this weekends NAPA Fall Final Weekend, September 28 & 29, are priced at $40.00 for adult general admission, $10.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seat tickets are $45.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self contained Recreational Vehicles. Discount tickets are available through participating NAPA stores.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.



 OAKS, PA January 18, 2019 . . .  The 34th PPB Motorsports Show at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA opened to a large and enthusiastic crowd on Friday, the first day of the three day event.

 In a press conference called by Lincoln Speedway officials and conducted at 3:00 PM, Motorsports attendees learned at the same time the racing media did that Scott Gobrecht, Jerry Parrish and Mike Heffner had become involved as track investors. Don Leiby, who had been an owner of the track for 26 years, has stepped back from his involvement while Alan Kreitzer has reduced his stake.

 One hour later on the Motorsport 2019 Show floor, Matt Hearn of TEO Race Cars unwrapped a new car in his booth owned by Ray Graham and dedicated for the 2019 Super DIRTcar Series. Driver Danny Johnson assisted with the unveiling, which revealed driver Anthony Perrego in the sitting in the cockpit. The two drivers will race TEO Pro Cars owned by Graham as teammates in 2019.

 “Having the Motorsports Show chosen as the occasion to make such important industry announcements is a great honor,” said PPB Motorsports Show Organizer Len Sammons.

 Ten drivers and car owners who were part of the history of the Reading Fairgrounds were on stage Friday night exchanging reminiscences, notably drivers Kenny Brightbill, Gary Gollub, Glenn Fitzcharles and Jimmy Horton and car owners Ronnie Kehl and Ronnie Leinbach.

 NASCAR Hall Of Famer Ray Evernham and wife Erin Crocker Evernham closed out the Day One formal activities at Motorsports with a wide-ranging, humorous and thoroughly enjoyable one-on-one stage show with Motorsports moderator Paul Szmal.

 The PPB Motorsports Show resumes Saturday from 11 AM through 9 PM with guest appearances by Ryan Preece at 1 PM and Darrell Waltrip at 2:30 PM. The Aqua Duck Water Transport Ms. Motorsports Contest, which will crown Ms. Motorsports 2019, starts at 7:30 PM.

 Saturday and Sunday Show attendees are reminded that free courtesy parking lot shuttles run continuously during show hours, minimizing weather inconvenience.

 PPB Motorsports Show Day Three on Sunday, opens at 11 AM and runs through 4 PM.