Since his NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at Iowa Speedway in July, Ryan Preece has been riding on cloud nine. Social media has played into his advantage with race fans all over the country discussing his big victory and how it should lead to more opportunities for the 26-year-old Connecticut racer. But following Wednesday night’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson (CT), Preece found himself on the wrong side of social media talk.
That may come as a surprise considering he won the Budweiser 150; however, his critics were quick to point fingers after Preece spun with 30 laps to go, pitted for fresh tires and drove to the front to win the race.
Many in attendance, including a few of his competitors, believed that he intentionally looped his No. 6 Modified in order to get the caution and the new tires he desperately needed.
“I don’t know how they didn’t penalize Ryan for bringing out the yellow, but that’s another story,” third-place finisher Ted Christopher said after the race.
Preece denied those accusations during his post-race media session, saying that he spun due to contact from behind.
“I got a little nudge from behind and I don’t know, it just went around. The tires were really worn out at that point,” Preece stated.
Preece continued to deny the accusations during a follow-up conversation on Thursday afternoon with Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
“Did I spin myself out? No,” Preece said bluntly. “Somebody got into the back of me and I have a black mark on my back bumper, my rear nerf bar and I don’t think it got there by itself.”
When asked to see a picture of the black mark, Preece obliged and quickly sent a photo of his right rear nerf bar to Speed51.com.
Preece went on to explain that he had been too busy in the race shop to look at social media and what was being said about the end of Wednesday’s race.
“I haven’t been on social media; I’ve been working,” Preece said. “To be honest with you I’m working on my next race. Riverhead on Saturday and Bristol on Wednesday; that’s what it comes down to.”
What it comes down to is that Preece stood in victory lane celebrating his second straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Wednesday night. Not a single Tweet or Facebook post will take that away.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Ryan Preece