LOUDON, NH (WWLP) – Ryan Preece has had a stellar season with scoring his second career win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Bristol Motor Speedway back in April.
Preece ran at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series finishing in third and in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Preece talked about his race to 22News about the NASCAR Xfinity race
” I was just trying to get every bit of grip I possibly could after three laps. I was searching around trying to make something work. It seemed like I could make it work better in one and two on the bottom than I could in three and four. I am sure if an engineer mapped out this race track. He probably tell you one and two and three and four are exactly alike and I beg to differ. The VHT was finally going away I think around lap 120-130. That’s when I started trying to work the left front instead of the right front.” Said Preece
Preece has shown the will to compete and the will to win. He doesn’t take life for granted. He has climbed the ladder in racing at the local short tracks all over with the modifieds and has raced in other divisions. Tommy Baldwin gave Preece his first opportunity at the Magic Mile back in 2013 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and raced in the event in 2014 and 2015 for Baldwin.
Preece got a full-time opportunity with JD Motorsports for the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. He parted ways with the team after the 2016 season. He got an opportunity last year to race for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Preece finished second in his debut with Joe Gibbs Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to eventual race winner and teammate Kyle Busch.
Preece scored his first NASCAR Xfinity Series career win at Iowa Speedway last summer. There have been so many behind him through this journey. The victory lane celebration was filled with emotion. Preece earned two more races after his win at Iowa with races at Kentucky and Homestead.
We have seen other drivers work their way through the ladder including defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex, Jr. He told 22News its been pretty neat watching Preece climb up the ladder.
” Obviously he’s a great talent and has worked hard to get where he’s at. It’s been good to see him have success. What he is doing reminds me of when I first start running down south. Running full time in the (Busch) North Series and dabbling in the Busch Series a bit. Working on my own cars during the week and going racing and a few times a year getting to go drive somebody else’s car and have success. It’s been good to see what he’s been able to do. He’s obviously made a name for himself. Well, he made a name for himself up here first but now he’s showing he can get it done anywhere with winning at Bristol. Hopefully, he can get more races and get a full-time deal going. Move his career to a full-time driver status.” Said Truex, Jr
Preece will get the opportunity to race in more NASCAR Xfinity Series with Joe Gibbs Racing. The organization announced on Thursday that Craftsman will sponsor Preece in multiple races.