Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fast Facts Redux: Ryan Preece

Ryan Preece celebrates in victory lane at Iowa in July 2017
credit: Getty Iamges/Daniel Shirey

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ryan Preece is no stranger to victory lane: in addition to his Xfinity Series win in 2017, he’s already a NASCAR champion. Learn more about this young driver in this week’s Fast Facts, originally published in Aug. 2014.
  • Ryan Preece was born Oct. 25, 1990 in Berlin, CT. He began racing quarter midgets at age 7, compiling more than 150 wins and numerous championships by the time he reached age 11. He moved up to midgets at age 12, and began racing tour-type modifieds at age 14.
  • Preece moved into the Whelen Modified and Southern Modified Tours in 2007, finishing 19th in his rookie season in the Whelen Modified Tour. In 2008, he won at Martinsville Speedway from the pole and in 2009, he was runner-up for the championship with 10 top five finishes.
  • 2010 found Preece competing full-time on the Whelen Modified circuit as well as at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway. He finished sixth in points in the Whelen Modified Tour and was runner-up in the SK Modified Division at Stafford. In 2011, Preece raced part-time on the Whelen circuit while competing full-time at both Stafford and Thompson (CT) Speedways; Preece won the SK Modified championship at Stafford with 17 top 10 finishes in 18 races, including eight wins.
  • 2012 was a busy year for Preece, as he returned to the Whelen Tour full-time while also competing at Stafford, Thompson and Riverhead on a regular basis. Preece earned two wins and a fourth-place points finish at Stafford, two wins at Riverhead and the Thompson Speedway Modified Division championship on the strength of 10 wins.
  • 2013 was just as busy, as Preece earned his first Whelen Modified Tour title. He also finished second in points at Stafford, third at Thompson and earned three wins and 15 top 10 finishes in 16 starts at Riverhead. He also made his Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series debut for Tommy Baldwin Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, finishing 24th.
  • In 2014, Preece was once again runner-up in the NASCAR Modifieds with two wins and 10 top 10 finishes in 13 starts, and he earned his second Thompson Speedway track championship. In 2015, he made five starts in the Sprint Cup (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup) Series with Premium Motorsports and once again finished second in the NASCAR Modifieds.
  • 2016 found Preece racing full-time in the Xfinity Series for JD Motorsports, finishing 17th in points while still finding time to race Modifieds whenever possible. In 2017, he returned to the NASCAR Modifieds and also drove for JGR in the Xfinity Series, picking up his first career series win at Iowa.
  • Preece will drive the No. 18 for JGR in at least 10 Xfinity Series race in 2018, and has already earned a ninth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Learn more about Preece at his website, www.ryanpreeceracing.com.


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