Preece Returns To Winning Form

Edges Coby For Whelen Modified Victory At Stafford

STAFFORD, Conn. -- Returning to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time this year, Ryan Preece was itching to get back into Victory Lane.

He accomplished that goal Sunday in the 46th running of the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway.

He took the lead from race leader Doug Coby with 13 laps to go and drove away with his first career Spring Sizzler victory behind the wheel of his No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet.

The win was his first since August of 2015 at Bristol Motor Speedway and his first of the newly unified Whelen Modified Tour. Preece, who previously had won 15 times on the Whelen Modified Tour and three times on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, spent last year driving full-time on the NASCAR XFINITY Series and made just 10 starts between the two tours.

More importantly for Preece, his sixth victory at the Stafford half-mile came in the track's prestigious spring race.

"This means more to me than my first tour win, it was so much hard work," said an emotional Preece in the press box after the win. "My grandfather has won this race. There are just so many things that come to my head right now. I started racing a modified when I was 12 or 13 years old."

Preece led 55 laps. Doug Coby, who set the track record en route to his sixth straight Coors Light Pole at the track Saturday, led a race-high 142. But a late caution helped set up Preece's pass for the lead. While Coby snagged the lead back on the Lap 192 restart, Preece quickly powered back to the front.

Chase Dowling finished third. The 18-year-old won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 40-lap SK Modified division feature earlier in the day.

Eric Goodale led three laps and finished fourth, and Ted Christopher was fifth.

Rowan Pennink, Craig Lutz, Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore and David Sapienza rounded out the top 10.

Pennink took the championhip points lead by one over Timmy Solomito. Bonsignore is third, 16 behind Pennink and leading a pack of six drivers -- including Preece in fifth -- separated by just eight points.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, on May 13. 

FIN
STR
CAR
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPS
POINTS
B/POINTS
STATUS
1
4
6
Ryan Preece
TS Hauler Chevrolet
200
47
4
Running
2
1
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools Chevrolet
200
44
2
Running
3
6
15
Chase Dowling
15-40 Connection Chevrolet
200
41
Running
4
3
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
200
41
1
Running
5
9
0
Ted Christopher
Brad Brady Racing Chevrolet
200
39
Running
6
8
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet
200
38
Running
7
13
56
Craig Lutz
Lutz Motorsports Chevrolet
200
37
Running
8
7
82
Ron Silk
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
200
36
Running
9
5
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
200
35
Running
10
16
36
Dave Sapienza
SAP Enterprise Chevrolet
200
34
Running
11
12
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Tools Ford
200
33
Running
12
17
46
Woody Pitkat
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
200
32
Running
13
15
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
200
31
Running
14
19
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools Ford
199
30
Running
15
22
4
Gary Putnam
Curb Records Chevrolet
198
29
Running
16
21
17
Kyle Ellwood
First Data/Clover Chevrolet
198
28
Running
17
24
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Ford
197
27
Running
18
26
78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
193
26
Mechanical
19
10
48
Shawn Solomito
Eastport Feeds Chevrolet
189
25
Running
20
18
28
George Brunnhoelzl III
Dunleavys Repair Chevrolet
186
24
Running
21
14
20
Max Zachem
MPZ Motorsports/Lu-Macs Chevrolet
175
23
Accident
22
11
7
Donny Lia
Bardahl Chevrolet
169
22
Accident
23
2
85
Todd Szegedy
Montanari Fuel/Stuarts Auto/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
148
21
Brakes
24
27
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
83
20
Mechanical
25
23
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
79
19
Overheating
26
20
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet
64
18
Mechanical
27
28
92
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving/Airgas Chevrolet
50
17
Mechanical
28
25
38
Gary Byington *
Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet
5
16
Accident

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Doug Coby, Time: 17.896 Seconds, Speed: 100.581 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 29 mins, 9 secs Average Speed: 67.302 mph Margin of Victory: 0.220 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 6-11; 42-47; 61-65; 74-77; 81-85; 155-160; 168-172; 176-181; 189-191.  9 for 46 laps.
Lap Leaders: Doug Coby 1-44, Ryan Preece 45-86, Doug Coby 87-162, Eric Goodale 163-165, Doug Coby 166-186, Ryan Preece 187-191, Doug Coby 192, Ryan Preece 193-200.
Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 142, Ryan Preece 55, Eric Goodale 3.  7 changes involving 3 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: Rowan Pennink 124, Timmy Solomito 123, Justin Bonsignore 108, Eric Goodale 106, Ryan Preece 104, Woody Pitkat 104, Max Zachem 103, Matt Swanson 100, Ron Silk 96, Rob Summers 92
Next Race:Langley Speedway, May 13

 

April 30 th , 2017