One year ago it was Ryan Preece who dominated the Tour-Type Modified portion of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. For much of Tuesday night’s 50-lap feature for the ground-pounders it was Ryan Preece dominating the race. But instead of Preece rolling into victory lane, it was Ron Silk in somewhat surprising fashion.
After a caution brought Preece back to Silk with under 10 laps to go, it quickly appeared like Preece would stretch his lead out once again. Silk then came charging back and got to the back bumper of Preece’s No. 6 machine with about five laps to go.
Silk, the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion drove deep into turn one to get under Preece, the 2013 NWMT champ. The two ran side-by-side for about a lap before Silk was able to clear Preece for the lead and the win with about three laps remaining.
Preece did what he could to try to close back in on Silk’s orange No. 82, but he said he was just too loose to do what he needed to do.
“He just beat us there at the end,” Preece told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We hadn’t raced here yet this week and we thought we had the car locked down enough for a 50-lap race. As soon as we got out there and did a couple laps in warmups I just knew it would be too free.”
Early on in the race Silk seemed to drop back a bit from his fourth-place starting spot. He blamed that early slide on a tight condition that eventually went away as the race wound down.
“In the beginning I was too tight and just kind of stuck where I was, but then the car came to me and got better and better,” Silk said. “The guys did a really good job.”
Silk eventually worked his way back to the front of the field and found himself in second when the first yellow flag waved with just about 15 laps to go. He lost the second spot to Justin Bonsignore on the restart, but was able to get back by just a few laps later. After that he said he studied how Preece was running and learned what he had to do.
“I just had to gauge myself off the 6,” he said. “I wasn’t really running him down, but I wasn’t losing him either. I got a good start and was able to keep second on the restart. He slipped up a bit in three and four and I was able to get a good run down the frontstretch to get by him.
Silk won the NWMT championship driving for the TS Haulers team owned by Eddie Partridge that Preece now runs for, making the win just a little bit sweeter.
“I still have a great relationship with Eddie Partridge,” said Silk. “He’s a good friend of mine and he did a lot of good things for me. Running for him for five years was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It is cool to beat them, but they’ve beat me a lot more than I’ve beat them recently.”
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman
Tour-Type Modified 50
New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida