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Stafford Motor Speedway is hosting a field of accomplished current and former championship drivers for this year's 4th annual Champions for Charities event, which will take place on Friday, June 27th. In the up coming weeks before the event, Stafford Speedway is providing a profile on each of the championship drivers. This week, the spotlight is on Ryan Preece, the 2011 Stafford SK Modified® Champion, and the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion. Preece will be racing for the Connecticut chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Preece is looking forward to competing again in this year's 15-lap feature around the Stafford mini-mile. After raising $2,130 for The Make-A-Wish Foundation last year, Preece is looking forward to the prospect of raising money to help make children with life-threatening illnesses dreams come true.

"This race is a good concept because it helps out different charities and raising money for them is the biggest thing," said Preece. "We're going to try raise as much money as we can and have some fun in the go karts again. Although I think we should use Legend Cars for the race this year since they look like a bit more fun to drive around the mini mile. I'm talking with some local places about possibly doing some guest bartending like I did at Sophie's in Southold, NY. If any local restaurants or bars are looking for guest bartenders, they can get in touch with me through my Facebook. I had a great time at Sophie's and it would be a fun way to help raise money for Make-A-Wish."

This year's Champions for Charities event will be the third consecutive year that Preece has taken part in the fundraising race. Preece finished a close second to Ron Midford, Jr. in 2012 and after fighting for the lead in the early laps in last year's race, Preece finished 7th. With two years of experience under his belt, Preece is ready to reach NAPA Victory Lane this season.

"The go karts are a lot of fun and it's a great race to be a part of because it's all for charity," said Preece. "We'll see if we can have another fun show like we've had in the past and put on a good show for the fans."

Preece is the 2011 SK Modified® track champion, and for the second consecutive season, Preece has won the first two SK Modified® feature races of the season to take the early championship lead. Preece will be gunning for a third consecutive SK Modified® feature win to begin the season, a feat that has yet to be accomplished in the SK Modified® ranks since the division's inception in 1982. Besides Preece, only two other drivers have won the first two races of an SK Modified® season, Ted Christopher in 2003 and 1988, and Willie Hardie in 2001.

"This is the same car I've been running for the past couple of seasons and everything is pretty much the same except that we combined what was the 40 team with the 27 team," said Preece. "Combining the two teams that won the championship and finished second last year, we were are looking to be a strong contender. I'm pretty happy to have accomplished what we've done so far and hopefully we can keep it going for the rest of the season."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wish of a child diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions through the non-profit organization. Funds are received from the generous contributions from individual donors, corporations and other organizations. The National foundation grants a child an experience considered a "wish", on average every 38 minutes, granting over 14,000 wishes in 2012 alone. The Connecticut Chapter grants 140 to 150 wishes annually. The average cost of a single wish is $8,141. All donations will help the foundation grant more wishes to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. To donate to the Make-A-Wish foundation in support of Ryan Preece, please visit http://friends.wish.org/054-000/page/Ryan-Preece/Stafford-Champions-For-Charities.htm.

The Champions for Charities event will take place around the Stafford Mini-Mile track for a 15-lap feature in Wild Thing Kart Senior Outlaw Karts during the Friday night race program. For more information about the Champions for Charities event, please call 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: May 15, 2014

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