Preece Powers To South Boston Victory

Dominant In Second Career Whelen Southern Mod Win

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. Ryan Preece attained what often seemed to be an inevitable result when he took the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour checkered flag Saturday at South Boston Speedway, but it wasn't without some late-race drama.

Preece led the South Boston 150 throughout en route to his second career southern tour victory, the majority of the time comfortably in the perch. Two late-race cautions provided an extra challenge for the Berlin, Connecticut, native, but he was able to emerge ahead in both green-white-checkered flag restart attempts for the win.

JR Bertuccio crossed the line second and was joined on the podium by Burt Myers while Eric Goodale and Danny Bohn finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Kyle Ebersole, David Calabrese, Trey Hutchens, Gary Putnam and Jason Myers brought home the top 10.

Defending South Boston 150 winner and reigning tour champion Andy Seuss was involved in the first accident caution of the race and relegated to a 16th place finish, 57 laps down.

Preece, the 2013 champion of the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour where he regularly competes, has branched out to the southern sister tour on a limited basis in recent seasons. While he's consistently had fast cars he earned his eighth Coors Light Pole Award in 12 career appearances earlier in the day at South Boston Preece has had defeat snatched from the jaws of victory on multiple occasions due to mechanical failures and accidents.

There were no gremlins for Preece on this sunny Saturday afternoon in the rolling hills of southern Virginia, however. It was a perfect day in the No. 98 Curb Records/Menards Chevrolet: fastest in practice and qualifying, and led the race throughout. If not for his pit box position being behind the start-finish line, Preece would have led all 160 laps, but Bertuccio was credited with one lap led under caution as his box was in front of the line.

Preece's previous Whelen Southern Modified Tour triumph came in 2013 at Bowman Gray Stadium.

The Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to the Commonwealth of Virginia next Saturday, April 11 for the Pepsi 150 at Langley Speedway in Hampton.

Fin
Str
Car
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
1
98
Ryan Preece
160
48
5
Running
2
4
2
JR Bertuccio
Gershow Recycling Chevrolet
160
43
1
Running
3
8
1
Burt Myers
Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Actn. Ford
160
41
Running
4
9
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet
160
40
Running
5
11
65
Danny Bohn
Chevrolet
159
39
Running
6
6
5
Kyle Ebersole
Ebersole Excavating Ford
159
38
Running
7
15
43
David Calabrese
Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet
159
37
Running
8
17
14
Trey Hutchens, III *
All Star Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet
157
36
Running
9
13
77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records Chevrolet
157
35
Running
10
3
4
Jason Myers
Adams Towing & Recovery Ford
153
34
Running
11
7
40
Frank Fleming
Autos By Nelson/Jerry Hunt Auto Sales/Perkins
152
33
Running
12
14
79
Spencer Davis
Coors Light 21 Means 21/Hillbilly Racing/LeBlue
152
32
Running
13
19
37
Paul Hartwig Jr.
Acasola Farms, Himmer Graphics, Hart Financial
152
31
Running
14
10
74
Bobby Measmer, Jr.
Powerhouse Recycling, Lead 2 Real Estate Chevrolet
151
30
Running
15
16
15
Jeremy Gerstner
GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet
151
29
Running
16
5
11
Andy Seuss
Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet
103
28
Running
17
12
25
John Smith
Rick's Home Improvement/Tutterow Surveying Co
93
27
Running
18
2
28
George Brunnhoelzl, III
Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair/Comp. Tech
88
26
Accident
19
18
12
Mike Norman
Speedway Auto Actn/Nationwide Ins./H&H Auto Sales
85
25
Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Preece, Time: 14.493 Seconds, Speed: 99.358 mph
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 55 mins, 0 secs Average Speed: 69.818 mph Margin of Victory: 0.361 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 90-95 (#12 Spun Front Stretch, #28 & #11 involved); 147-152 (#37 Spun Back Stretch); 154-157 (#5 Spun Back Stretch, #74, #40, #79, #4, #15 involved). 3 for 16 laps.
Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-91, JR Bertuccio 92, Ryan Preece 93-160.
Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 159, JR Bertuccio 1.  2 changes involving 2 drivers.

Point Standings

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
April 4, 2015 - 4:50pm