LOUDON, NH — Ryan Preece registered a whole lot of miles around New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a racecar Friday afternoon, but it was the miles traveled on foot that resulted in a tear in his racing shoes at the end of the day.
Preece, of Berlin, Connecticut, ran back and forth through the NHMS pit area on Friday while competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at the track.
Following final practice for the Nationwide Series, Preece jumped in a helicopter and traveled to his home track of Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) for a 42-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified event. Despite having a car that was “off” from what he’s had in previous races this season, Preece took advantage of a melee between early leader Keith Rocco and Ronnie Williams to claim his fourth SK Modified win of the season at Stafford.
“Everybody is just going to be off now and then,” Preece told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We were just off a little bit for the first time in a long time, but we made it work and won.”
After his win at Stafford on Friday night, Preece took a helicopter back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway to rest up for another big day at “The Magic Mile” Saturday. Preece began the morning on Saturday by qualifying second for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco 100. He also will qualify his NASCAR Nationwide Series car, compete in the Sunoco 100 and enter the 200-lap Nationwide Series race to end the day.
“I got back (to NHMS) around midnight last night,” said Preece. “I was able to get a little bit of sleep and here I am up early to do it again. It’s been a lot of running around but it’s nice when you can win and qualify up front and have a good day.”
Ted Christopher, who was also pulling double-duty at New Hampshire and Stafford on Friday, finished second to Preece in the 42-lap event at the Connecticut half-mile oval.
Sean Foster, Woody Pitkat and Tom Bolles completed the top-five on Friday night.
Stafford Motor Speedway SK MODIFIED® (42) Unofficial Results
1) Ryan Preece, Berlin
2) Ted Christopher, Plainville
3) Sean Foster, Willington
4) Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs
5) Tom Bolles, Ellington
6) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
7) Joey Cipriano, III, Waterbury
8) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
9) Todd Owen, Somers
10) Troy Talman, Oxford, Ma
11) Jessey Mueller, Olmstedville, Ny
12) Chase Dowling, Roxbury
13) Curt Brainard, Canton
14) Matt Galko, Meriden
15) Dan Avery, Somers
16) Doug Coby, Middletown
17) Keith Rocco, Berlin
18) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
19) Tommy Membrino, Jr., Prospect
20) Tony Membrino, Jr., Plantsville
21) Brian Sullivan, South Windsor
22) Zach Sylvester, Lebanon
23) Matt Gallo, Kensington
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: Brandon_Paul51.
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