Ryan Preece has faced a long road in his racing career. Preece has worked hard, showed passion, and took a chance. JTG Daugherty Racing announced on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway Preece will be replacing A.J. Allmendinger beginning in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season at the Daytona 500 in February. Preece will race for the Rookie-Of-The-Year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Preece has raced a partial schedule this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing winning one race at Bristol Motor Speedway back in April. Preece will be racing for JGR this weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Preece said that he has gotten approval from JTG Daugherty Racing to race in a few modified races. Preece won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship in 2013 for Car Owner Eric Sanderson and the Flamingo Motorsports team. He has also won track championships at Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Preece raced for JD Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series back in the 2016 season. He came back to race in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour back in the 2017 season. Preece made his debut with Joe Gibbs Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and finished second in the event. Two weeks after the event, he won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway.
“We’re really looking forward to having Ryan join our team for the 2019 season,” team owner Tad Geschickter said. “Ryan has an impressive list of accomplishments in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series and is now being given a great opportunity to compete at NASCAR’s highest level full-time. We really believe in him and think he’s a great addition to the team.”
“Tommy Lasorda says, ‘The difference between impossible and possible lies in a man’s determination,’ and I feel that JTG Daugherty Racing has just that,” Preece said. “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. I look forward to not only racing, but working with the team as well to build speed and create a name for myself here. I can’t thank Tad and Jodi Geschickter, Brad Daugherty and Gordon Smith enough for the opportunity.”
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be back in action this weekend for the first ever Roval and you can catch the race on 22News on Sunday with the drop of the green flag at 2 p.m.
Ryan Preece: Matthew Wiernasz Photo