The JTG Daugherty Racing driver will climb into a Tour-type Modified and compete with the SMART Modified Tour Saturday at South Boston Speedway. It will be a chance for Preece to race even though his NASCAR compatriots will be idle for Easter.
I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a nice way to keep going. NASCAR is off this weekend, so it gives me another opportunity to go race.
Preece is a former Modified winner at South Boston, scoring a victory in a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event in 2015. However, this will be Preece’s first visit to the track since it was repaved in 2017.
He believes that will make the track faster than many of its southern counterparts, and more similar to some of the Modified tracks of the Northeast.
“I remember it was more wore out than what I’ve seen. It seems like it’s extremely fast and a lot of grip,” said Preece. “You could compare it to Stafford, places like that. A lot of the Northern tracks seem to have more grip than the Southern tracks.
“I think South Boston is as close to racing up north as you’ll get in the south. You don’t have to save yourself nearly as much as you would at a Caraway, Hickory or Florence. It’s going to be a hard race.”
Preece will do battle Saturday with some of the biggest names in Southern Modified racing, drivers such as Burt and Jason Myers, Tim Brown, John Smith, Brian Loftin and Brandon Ward. While Preece is better known for his accomplishments up north with the Modifieds, he is no stranger to competing with the southern standouts.
I remember my first Modified race at Friendship, back in 2006 or 2005, that’s when I started racing against Burt, Jason, Tim Brown, all those guys. I’m no stranger to racing against them and I enjoy racing with them.
Preece will also be racing against Bobby Labonte, the 2000 NASCAR Cup Champion who is competing on the SMART Modified Tour. Preece is thrilled to see that Labonte has taken to the Modifieds, and is looking forward to battling with him on Saturday.
“It’s cool to see Bobby, from what I’ve heard, has enjoyed racing Modifieds. That’s neat. That’s going to be fun. We’ll see if we can go there, have plenty of speed and hopefully win the race.”
There are racers out there who enjoy racing all sorts of cars. Bobby’s getting in a Modified and is obviously taking a liking to it. They’re 2,600 pounds, they have plenty of tire. It’s not a race car where the car drives you. The harder you drive it, the better you go and faster you go.
“Every racer that gets in one usually likes them. That’s why you see Ryan Newman get in one whenever he can. It’s a fun race car to drive. It’s been fun to see Bobby drive it. Obviously, he’s done really well, and we’re going to try to dice it up with him.”
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