WINS THIRD TOUR TYPE MODIFIED SPEEDWEEKS CHAMPIONSHIP
“Preece Lightning” Captures 2017 World Series Modified
by Denise DuPont
Preece of Berlin, CT came to Speedweeks with a
strong car ready to win. He went into Thursday
night’s John Blewett III Memorial race tied in the
championship point lead with Jon McKennedy of
started that race sixth and McKennedy was in fifth.
On lap 62 of the feature race, Preece passed to take
the lead and held off challenges from Matt
Hirschman, Ron Silk and Justin Bonsignore to capture
his one and only race week victory. The win was a
key one because it placed Preece in the point lead
by five points going into the last race.
On Friday night at the Richie Evan’s Memorial 100,
Preece qualified eleventh and started twelfth. He
pitted before the green for adjustments. On Lap 87,
Matt Hirschman from Northampton, PA passed for the
lead. Preece knew then he had to move forward to a
position where he could maintain his championship
point lead. Making his way to fourth by lap 90
secured him the points needed for the Championship.
He remained there until race end and the
championship was his.
Preece was not the top runner in all of the feature
events this week but he drove consistent races along
with being where he needed to be. He captured the
2017 Annual World Series of Asphalt Racing Tour Type
Modified Championship but only one point.
“It is pretty cool winning the championship. Three
years in a row which is a great accomplishment for
myself and my crew,” stated Preece. “For the last
two weeks they have been working hard, I want to
thank Connie and Eddie Partridge for giving us the
equipment that we have. I am really happy to get a
win down here. Now we can chase after that tour
Getting the dust off and shake out the race car was
what most team wanted to do at raceweeks and that is
exactly what the #6 TS Hauler team did. “We have a
great car and a great team. I just look at the
little things that could have ruined our day and
none of it happened. I am just really happy with the
car and how it performed. I am definitely exciting
starting a new year off racing. ”Returning to Whelen
Modified Tour full time in 2017 Preece he is off to
a great start to the year.
Preece took time at the end to summarize his week:
“It has been a long two and half weeks and at the
end I am just happy to be here in Victory Lane with
the championship and getting a few races under our
belt doing it.”
So after time to celebrate, the #6 modified team
will head north and start preparation for the first
Whelen Modified Tour race on March 18th at Myrtle
Beach Speedway. See you there!
Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
February 25, 2017