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Preece Earns Riverhead 175 Victory; Second Career Win, First of 2009 RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- Ryan Preece dominated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action Saturday at Riverhead Raceway and earned his second career win in the Riverhead 175. Preece...

Preece Earns Riverhead 175 Victory; Second Career Win, First of 2009

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- Ryan Preece dominated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action Saturday at Riverhead Raceway and earned his second career win in the Riverhead 175.

Preece (No. 3 Mizzy Construction/Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet), who earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light during afternoon qualifying, led 137 of the 150 laps in Saturday night's main for his first win of the season, and his first at Riverhead.

Preece, who had previously won at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in 2008, held off Ted Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installation Chevrolet), Howie Brode (No. 96 Freightliner Chevrolet) and Dave Brigati (No. 98 Integra Shocks Chevrolet) on a number of restarts on the quarter-mile track for the win.

Brigati came home second followed by Brode, Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Freightliner Chevrolet) and Glen Reen (No. 17 Reen Orthodontics/Pep Boys Chevrolet). It was a new career-best finish for Reen.

Eric Beers, Jamie Tomaino, Todd Szegedy, Chris Pasteryak and Rowan Pennink rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Christopher, who ran neck-and-neck with Preece early on, made contact with the wall on Lap 83 and was forced out of the race. Consequently, he lost the points lead to Szegedy for the first time this year with an unofficial finish of 20th. Szegedy now leads Christopher by 22 points heading into the seventh race of the season.

Next up for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the Town Fair Tire 150 on Friday, August 7 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jamie Tomaino , Todd Szegedy , Ted Christopher , Glen Reen , Eric Beers , Ryan Preece , Justin Bonsignore