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by Denise DuPont

New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary this weekend while twenty-four year old Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT. celebrated his first ride in a Sprint Car race. Tommy Baldwin, Jr., fulfilled an agreement with Preece made earlier this year to give him a ride at NHMS in a Cup Car if he won a specific NWMT race.

Preece qualified and started the ‘Sylvania 300’ race thirty-eighth. “I am very excited for this opportunity to do this. I can say that I have driven one. Running in today’s race I am at the top level that you can pretty much be at in NASCAR.” Stated Preece before the race. “It is really cool to have this opportunity and hopefully I will have more opportunities to come. I will focus on today and having a strong run and at the same time finishing the race. Logging laps and learning what makes these cars work and learning what works for me.”

Reflecting on how the Sprint Cup full fender car handled on the track, Preece made the following comment: “These are little different. How the tires roll going into the corner, it just seems a lot different. It takes a lot to get use to but at the same time you have to be able to adjust as quickly as you possibly can.”

As Preece prepared to live the dream at the ‘Magic Mile’, he expressed his wishes for the day. “My wish list is to get a top thirty. Anywhere from twenty-eight to thirty-second would be a good day. Obviously my goal is to finish all the laps and that is how you end up with a good day. That is pretty much where it right there. Not get into anybody’s way, have good clean pit stops and just keep the car in one piece.”

And yes Preece’s wishes were fulfilled today at NHMS. He brought the #98x, TBR Sprint car across the finish line thirty-second. So September 27th is a special day as it ushers in the ‘Supermoon’ Lunar Eclipse and completes the ‘SuperDream’ of Ryan Preece.

Notes from NHMS:

Doing double duty in both a full fender Sprint Cup car and the open wheel ground pounding modified what do you find as the major difference?

Ryan Preece
“These cars are extremely low now compared to what they use to be. Yesterday we did not have tour (NWMT) practice so we went to the Sprint Cup car all day. Then going to the modified for the 100 lap feature event, I never realized that it's not a transition driving wise, but a transition race wise. You really are so much lower in a modified,” confessed Preece.
Source: Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
: September 27, 2015

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