“Fifteen guys could win during each and every week.”
 
Those are the words from 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece about the 2014 NWMT season.
 
Preece, along with a long list of other Modified drivers will head to Thompson Motorsports Park (CT) on April 4-5 to begin the 2014 NWMT season.  With a roster full of talent and a number of teams consistently improving their racing programs, Preece knows that defending his title will be no easy task.
 
“There are a lot of guys that are capable of winning,” Preece told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “It’s so hard to do.  Doug (Coby) is always strong, guys like Ronnie Silk, Rowan (Pennink), and (Mike) Stefanik if he runs the full season.  It will be tough, but we just have to keep doing what we’re doing and not change anything.  I think we’re going to be good.  It’s one of those things that depend on how your season starts and how your momentum goes.”
 
The Berlin, Connecticut driver hopes to begin his title defense this upcoming weekend, but for now his sights are focused in on being able to win his first career NWMT event at Thompson.
 
“It’s nice to go back racing, but it’s even better going back racing when you’re the champion,” Preece said.  “I’m just looking to win some races this year.  If you talk to Ted Christopher, if you talk to Keith Rocco, if you talk to anybody that’s won a race, they’ll tell you there’s no better feeling.
 
“At Thompson, I’ve finished second so many times in a Modified Tour race and came some close.  Hopefully this year we can pull it off and go to victory lane at Thompson.  It would mean a lot to me to be able to do that.”
 
After a season-opening victory in the UNOH Battle at the Beach Modified event at Daytona International Speedway (FL), 2012 NWMT champion and 2013 NWMT championship runner-up Doug Coby is hoping to spoil Preece’s title defense and make his way back to the top spot in 2014.
 

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