Preece Continues To Roll At Stafford

Late Pass Of Coby Nets Third Whelen Modified Win of Season

STAFFORD, Conn. --  Ryan Preece has been nearly unbeatable of late when he straps behind the wheel of a race car.

Last weekend, Preece scored his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Iowa Speedway. He marked his return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Friday at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway with another trip to Victory Lane in the Stafford 150. 

The Berlin, Connecticut, driver took the lead from four-time tour champion Doug Coby on a Lap 148 restart and didn't look back. The win was the 18th career in Whelen Modified Tour action for Preece and also his seventh at the half-mile Stafford. He won the NAPA Spring Sizzler at the track on April 30.

"I would have liked the restarts lane to go more my way, but we had a really good car tonight," said Preece, who started in the back after having his qualifying lap disallowed for failing post-qualifying technical inspection. "It was tough to have to start in the back, but my car was in the track all day. We've just had a great car all year long. I enjoy doing this. I enjoy showing up and knowing what I have and being successful."

Preece's No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet crossed the the finish line 0.302 seconds ahead of Coby, while Justin Bonsignore followed in third. 

Although it looked like Coby was en route to winning for the 11th time at Stafford after leading 135 laps, a few late caution flags allowed the rest of the field to close to his back bumper. After a multiple car crash on the frontstretch on lap 144, Preece got his chance at Coby, lining up to his outside on a restart with just two laps remaining. When the green flag flew, Preece used the outside lane and powered around Coby going into turn one. He never looked back.

"I think the biggest thing was I had a better left-rear tire to fire (on the restart)," Preece said. "Having both fresher rear tires helped me be able to get in front of him and have the right line going into turn one."

Timmy Solomito took the championship points lead with a fourth-place finish, while Jon McKennedy completed the top five. 

Rob Summers was sixth, followed by Dave Sapienza, Craig Lutz, Gary Putnam and Matt Swanson. Rowan Pennink, who held the points lead coming into the event, finished 17th and is seven points behind Solomito. Preece is fifth in points, one behind Eric Goodale and Bonsignore and 26 back of Solomito. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action on Wednesday night, with the running of the Bud 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. From there, the series will visit Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 16. 

Fin
Str
6
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
27
6
Ryan Preece
TS Hauler Chevrolet
150
47
4
Running
2
2
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Chevrolet
150
44
2
Running
3
6
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
150
42
1
Running
4
10
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing Ford
150
41
1
Running
5
28
0
Jon McKennedy
Brady Bunch Racing/Copeland Toyota & Chevrolet
150
40
1
Running
6
20
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
150
38
Running
7
14
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet
150
37
Running
8
1
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
150
36
Running
9
17
77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records Chevrolet
150
35
Running
10
19
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Racing Ford
150
34
Running
11
13
44
Bobby Santos
Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet
150
33
Running
12
18
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet
150
32
Running
13
15
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
150
31
Running
14
25
78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr.
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
150
30
Running
15
7
21
Ronnie Williams *
Gershow Recycling Chevrolet
148
29
Running
16
22
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet
148
28
Running
17
9
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/USNE Chevrolet
146
27
Fuel
18
11
7
Woody Pitkat
Bardahl Chevrolet
144
26
Accident
19
5
20
Max Zachem
Course Legend/Robert B Our Chevrolet
144
25
Running
20
3
29
Brendon Bock
Meadow Brook Collision Chevrolet
141
24
Accident
21
21
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
119
23
Running
22
4
66
Shawn Solomito
New England Gear/Natural Designs/Starrett Chevrolet
111
22
Accident
23
16
74
CJ Lehmann *
IGA Food Markets/Applebee's/Baldwin Automotive
105
21
Accident
24
8
85
Todd Szegedy
Stuarts Automotiive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
54
20
Overheating
25
26
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
44
19
Accident
26
12
82
Ted Christopher
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
37
18
Accident
27
23
38
Dave Salzarulo
Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet
26
17
Mechanical
28
24
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
21
16
Power Steering

RACE STATISTICS

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 13 mins, 38 secs Average Speed: 61.114 mph Margin of Victory: 0.302 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 36-41; 46-54; 61-66; 100-104; 106-109; 111-114; 126-128; 141-143; 145-147.  9 for 43 laps.

Lap Leaders: Doug Coby 1-54, Justin Bonsignore 55, Doug Coby 56-62, Ryan Preece 63, Doug Coby 64-66, Timmy Solomito 67, Doug Coby 68-102, Timmy Solomito 103, Jon McKennedy 104, Timmy Solomito 105-109, Doug Coby 110-114, Timmy Solomito 115, Doug Coby 116-143, Ryan Preece 144, Doug Coby 145-147, Ryan Preece 148-150.

Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 135, Timmy Solomito 8, Ryan Preece 5, Justin Bonsignore 1, Jon McKennedy 1.  15 changes involving 5 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Timmy Solomito 310, Rowan Pennink 303, Eric Goodale 285, Justin Bonsignore 285, Ryan Preece 284, Doug Coby 278, Max Zachem 272, Dave Sapienza 261, Rob Summers 249, Woody Pitkat 249

August4 th , 2017 - By Kyle Souza , NASCARHomeTracks.com