Preece Ready for Busy Schedule
July 9, 2014 | 4:35 P.M. EST
Preece will start his weekend by competing in the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.
Logging laps and gaining experience is fundamental in the development of young drivers, Ryan Preece, from Kensington, Conn., will be getting a healthy serving of experience behind the wheel this weekend.
The NASCAR Next driver will compete in the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday. He will then hustle to Stafford, Conn., to compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified Divisions race at Stafford Motor Speedway. On Saturday, he is back at NHMS to compete in the Whelen Modified Sunoco 100 followed by the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200, driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing.
Count it. That’s four events, and a potential 382 laps.
"Well, with four races, that's four opportunities to run very well," Preece said. "Right now with the Modified Tour team, we've been building up some momentum, and we've had two of our best finishes this season the past two races, so I'm hoping to use what we learned in our test and to have a strong car that can win there. I've finished third there three times, so to improve that would be really, really good. I'd be happy.
"Also going over to Stafford with our SK Modified, we're going three races this season with that, we've been real strong, and hopefully weather doesn't come in, which it doesn't seem like it will, so we'll be able to have a good strong run there. And then obviously with the Whelen Modified Tour on Saturday, running that race and trying to win it, the Nationwide car, I'd say our expectations are to run strong."
Preece won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship last season and has finished runner-up in the standings twice before that (2012 and 2009). He has made 100 starts on the NWMT posting nine wins, 43 top fives, 58 top 10s and 11 poles.
Preece will be making his first NNS start of the season for car owner Baldwin Jr. at NHMS this weekend. Like Preece, Baldwin is also from the northeast, hailing from Bellport, New York. Baldwin gave Preece the opportunity to make his series debut last season at NHMS; he started 27th and finished 24th.
"You know, we ran pretty well last year, and we were a little conservative," Preece said. "We wanted to pretty much run all the laps, and a rookie mistake on my part trying to charge into the box for the pit stop, I slid through, and then we ran out of fuel with three to go in the Lucky Dog spot. I think this year we're going to be a little bit more aggressive as far as the setup goes, and with Zach McGowan, crew chief and me, we've been real good. We've been texting back and forth looking at notes and just really trying to be prepared for this race. I'm definitely pretty excited, and I really can't thank Tommy enough for this opportunity."