SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Ryan Preece attained what often seemed to be an inevitable result when he took the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour checkered flag Saturday at South Boston Speedway, but it wasn’t without some late-race drama.

 

Preece led the South Boston 150 throughout en route to his second career southern tour victory, the majority of the time comfortably in the perch. Two late-race cautions provided an extra challenge for the Berlin, Connecticut, native, but he was able to emerge ahead in both green-white-checkered flag restart attempts for the win.

 

JR Bertuccio crossed the line second and was joined on the podium by Burt Myers while Eric Goodale and Danny Bohn finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Kyle Ebersole, David Calabrese, Trey Hutchens, Gary Putnam and Jason Myers brought home the top 10.

 

Defending South Boston 150 winner and reigning tour champion Andy Seuss was involved in the first accident caution of the race and relegated to a 16th place finish, 57 laps down.

 

Preece, the 2013 champion of the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour where he regularly competes, has branched out to the southern sister tour on a limited basis in recent seasons. While he’s consistently had fast cars – he earned his eighth Coors Light Pole Award in 12 career appearances earlier in the day at South Boston – Preece has had defeat snatched from the jaws of victory on multiple occasions due to mechanical failures and accidents.

 

There were no gremlins for Preece on this sunny Saturday afternoon in the rolling hills of southern Virginia, however. It was a perfect day in the No. 98 Curb Records/Menards Chevrolet: fastest in practice and qualifying, and led the race throughout. If not for his pit box position being behind the start-finish line, Preece would have led all 160 laps, but Bertuccio was credited with one lap led under caution as his box was in front of the line.

 

Preece’s previous Whelen Southern Modified Tour triumph came in 2013 at Bowman Gray Stadium.

 

The Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to the Commonwealth of Virginia next Saturday, April 11 for the Pepsi 150 at Langley Speedway in Hampton.

 

-NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications Press Release. Photo credit: Getty Images for NASCAR

 

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Results

South Boston Speedway – April 5, 2015

1 1 98 Ryan Preece 160 48 5 Running
2 4 2 JR Bertuccio Gershow Recycling Chevrolet 160 43 1 Running
3 8 1 Burt Myers Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Actn. Ford 160 41 Running
4 9 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet 160 40 Running
5 11 65 Danny Bohn Chevrolet 159 39 Running
6 6 5 Kyle Ebersole Ebersole Excavating Ford 159 38 Running
7 15 43 David Calabrese Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet 159 37 Running
8 17 14 Trey Hutchens, III * All Star Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet 157 36 Running
9 13 77 Gary Putnam Curb Records Chevrolet 157 35 Running
10 3 4 Jason Myers Adams Towing & Recovery Ford 153 34 Running
11 7 40 Frank Fleming Autos By Nelson/Jerry Hunt Auto Sales/Perkins 152 33 Running
12 14 79 Spencer Davis Coors Light 21 Means 21/Hillbilly Racing/LeBlue 152 32 Running
13 19 37 Paul Hartwig Jr. Acasola Farms, Himmer Graphics, Hart Financial 152 31 Running
14 10 74 Bobby Measmer, Jr. Powerhouse Recycling, Lead 2 Real Estate Chevrolet 151 30 Running
15 16 15 Jeremy Gerstner GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet 151 29 Running
16 5 11 Andy Seuss Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet 103 28 Running
17 12 25 John Smith Rick’s Home Improvement/Tutterow Surveying Co 93 27 Running
18 2 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair/Comp. Tech 88 26 Accident
19 18 12 Mike Norman Speedway Auto Actn/Nationwide Ins./H&H Auto Sales 85 25 Accident

Preece Survives Late-Race Drama to Win at South Boston