Ryan Preece is a driver who has never been known to shy away from an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a race car. The current NASCAR XFINITY Series racer for JD Motorsports has raced everything from a Tour-Type Modified to a Late Model to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car during his racing career. He has raced at tracks in Connecticut, Florida, Las Vegas and everywhere in between.
This weekend the Berlin, Connecticut racer will continue his philosophy of “I’ll race anything, anywhere” by racing a Tour-Type Modified in the Southern Modified Racing Series event at Concord Speedway (NC). He’ll do this as part of a double-duty weekend that includes a NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC).
Preece will enter Friday night's Southern Modified Racing Series presented by PASS event in the Eddie Partridge-owned No. 6 car that he drivers in Tour-Type Modified competition in the Northeast.
“I knew (the race at Concord) was there but I didn’t know if I had any on-track activity that day and then I looked into it and I saw I didn’t,” Preece told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “(Car owner) Eddie (Partridge) kinda looked at my father and I and said, ‘Do you guys want to go?’ We kind of said the same thing, so we’re just going to go.”
Preece and the TS Haulers team are coming off a $15,000 win in the Winchester 200 at Monadnock Speedway (NH).
The race will be the third race of the inaugural season for the Southern Modified Racing Series and will serve as Preece’s series debut. The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will be looking to redeem himself at Concord after seeing a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour win slip away at the track earlier this year.
“It’s pretty cool (to get to race at Concord.) I get redemption from the last time I was there,” said Preece. “I like Concord and it’s another chance to race the car. Eddie has these cars, why not race them?”
The Southern Modified Racing Series will be joined at the tricky tri-oval by the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor - Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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