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Following a short meeting today, the Eric Sanderson Diversified Metals/RB Enterprises/Wales Irish Pub race team hired Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., as their full-time driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the 2012 season.

Preece, who finished second in the WMT standings in 2009, has three tour wins to his credit, and earned a sixth career pole last weekend in his first-ever appearance with the Flamingo Motorsports team at Thompson, Conn.

"Obviously after Thompson I was hoping," Preece stated. "Within ten minutes of when I walked into our meeting today I was in the car for next year. I'm really excited that it all came together and that I'm able to drive for Sly (Szaban- crew chief) and the entire team.

"The financial burden is gone. There's no burden on my parents. It's me on my own now. I know they have great equipment, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to be at the shop helping the team out however I can. This will be a team effort."

Preece, just one week shy of his 21st birthday, will also be racing full-time in the SK Modified division at both Thompson and the Stafford Motor Speedway as well in 2012. His youth and enthusiasm was part of what crew chief Szaban wanted in his driver.

"Ryan is young and aggressive," Szaban commented. "We were looking to make a change on the team. Mike Stefanik really did a good job for us. We just wanted to make a change and go with somebody young, and obviously he gets the job done too.

"We were looking for a driver that wasn't all about winning or just about having fun. We think Ryan has all of that. He has a great racing family. They race because they love the sport, and they put a lot into it as a family to get him to where he is. All of the aspects pointed to him."

Eric Sanderson, Sly Szaban and the entire Flamingo Motorsports team, which last won a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship in 2006 with Mike Stefanik, is moving forward with driver Ryan Preece, and they figure to be a contender for the 2012 WMT Championship.

  Source: Kevin Rice / Flamingo Motorsports
Posted: October 19, 2011

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