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When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Stafford Motor Speedway for its third of four visits during the 2013 season, NWMT points leader Ryan Preece will be looking to continue his amazing season with another strong finish. In the first 6 races this season, Preece has tallied 3 victories and has yet to finish worse than fourth. Preece was the most recent NWMT winner at Stafford, winning the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil in May with a spin and win drive that served as a launching point for his #16 Flamingo Motorsports team's run of 3 consecutive victories.

"I would say the 125-lapper in May was a springboard for us," said Preece. "Stafford was the key track where we figured out what I needed to win races, run up front, and pass cars. Ever since then, at Riverhead we came back up through the field after halfway, and at Waterford it was racing hard. We didn't dominate the race like Doug [Coby] did and we only led 2 laps but they were the two laps that mattered the most. I've never won 3 races in row and I've never won more than 2 races in a season. Right now it's definitely been phenomenal and we're leading the points right now. We haven't had a finish outside the top-4 yet this season so obviously you can't be upset with that at all."

After finishing fourth in the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler in April, Preece qualified second for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 and looked to have a strong car. But a spin before the field could complete the first lap dropped Preece to the rear of the field. Unfazed by the misfortune, Preece drove his way back through the field and took the lead from Ronnie Silk on lap-107. Once Preece had the lead, he led the final 19 laps to win the race ahead of Silk, Rowan Pennink, Donny Lia, and Bobby Santos, III. Preece and the #16 team will be coming back with the same setup that helped them pass the entire field on their way to CARQUEST Victory Lane.

"We were good when we were up front for the first lap and when I was coming up through the pack we knew we needed to snug the car up a little and usually we need to free the car up a little," said Preece. "I could go outside or inside, I could do pretty much anything I wanted to do. When you have a car like that, it makes my job easier. All I have to do is drive forward and not screw up. We'll take what we ran last race and use it for this next race. I definitely think we're going to be strong at Stafford. We were fast in the 125-lapper and I feel with a pit stop race we're going to be fast again so I'm looking forward to the race. We have good cars and Sly and Jerry are putting great cars together every week. The Bob Bruneau motors are holding together and create great horsepower, Flamingo Motorsports, East West Marine, everybody who puts this whole deal together, R+B Enterprises, Bob the Builder, Diversified Metals, everybody involved with the team are giving me everything I need to win races and win championships. The JRI shocks have helped our program and we're looking forward to the next few races and trying to win. It's felt like a month since I was last in that Tour car and I'm ready to get going again."

Preece's strong race efforts currently have him leading the NWMT points standings by 44 points over Rowan Pennink. The CARQUEST 150 will kick off the second half of the NWMT season and Preece is focused on continuing to finish up front and win races as he has done thus far in the first half.

"This is going to be the second half of the season where you see who gets on a roll," said Preece. "We're going to try to be that person and keep things going the way they have been. I'm thinking about trying to win races, trying to race clean, and keep on knocking off top-5 finishes because that's what will win the championship. When you're leading the championship it's hard to not points race, but at the same time I'm not someone that is going to be running third and settle for fifth. If I'm in third and we have a car to win, I'm going to try to win."

Tickets for the 23rd Annual CARQUEST 150 are available and on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $33.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating will be priced at $35.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.

For more information on the 23rd Annual CARQUEST 150, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com..

  Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
Posted: July 26, 2013

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