Ryan Preece dominant during Friday night’s opener for the Tour-Type Modifieds at New Smyrna Speedway’s 49th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. However, when all was said and done the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion would not end up picking up his second career World Series win.
Practice throughout the week appeared to have paid off as Preece climbed his way to third on the first lap and into the lead on an ensuing restart, but the win would later be taken away by tech director Ricky Brooks.
“They said it was weight,” Preece explained to Speed51.com powered by JEGS following the disqualification. “What they are trying to do is hold you for a weight of an 18 degree 390 carburetor instead of the spec motor. I guess it’s better than getting caught cheating with a big motor. At least we’re legal in every department and we’ve got tomorrow to see what we can do and go to victory lane again.”
The fortunate one turned out to be last year’s Richie Evans Memorial 100 winner Justin Bonsignore, who passed pole starter Jimmy Zacharias on a late restart for what turned out to be the victory. Still, it was bittersweet for the defending Valenti Modified Racing Series champion who couldn’t help but feel bad for Preece.
“I’ve been around racing a long time so you see these things happen and you take them any way you can get them,” Bonsignore explained. “It definitely sucks for Ryan. He beat us all hands down tonight and it wasn’t because of a couple pounds, but you’ve got to set a precedent for how the rules are going to go for the week. If they didn’t do something it would have probably turned into chaos this week, and if they did now everyone knows where they stand for the rest of the week.”
J.R. Bertuccio moved up to second in the official finishing order with Zacharias rounding out the podium finishers. Kevin Goodale, substituting for his brother Eric, who recently became a father, finished fourth. Dalton Baldwin turned in a fifth-place run in a rare opportunity to excel in his home state.
The feature ended before it started for Spencer Davis after a rear end issue sidelined him prior to the green flag. He lost five laps swapping spots with the driver of the Hillbilly Racing backup car and completed what turned out to be his best finish of the night after disqualifications in the Super and Pro Late Model features.
As the ground pounders return to action on Saturday, several competitors will certainly be seeking redemption after a night that featured the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows.
By Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Correspondent – Twitter: @Aaron_Creed
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