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“Preece Lightning” Captures 2017 World Series Modified Championship
by Denise DuPont

Ryan 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 Chelmsford, MA.

Preece 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.

Ryan 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 title.”

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!
Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
: February 25, 2017

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