Back-To-Back Tour Wins For Preece Earns First Victory at Stafford STAFFORD, Conn. -- Six days after reaching Victory Lane for the first time in 2009, Ryan Preece made it two in a row on Friday as he captured the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town...
Back-To-Back Tour Wins For Preece
Earns First Victory at Stafford
STAFFORD, Conn. -- Six days after reaching Victory Lane for the first time in 2009, Ryan Preece made it two in a row on Friday as he captured the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.
Preece (No. 3 Davidson Co./Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet), who won last week at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, got past Ted Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) on Lap 104 Friday night and withstood numerous charges from the defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in the later stages for his third career win.
Christopher, who led the first 103 laps, elected not to pit on two different occasions when the rest of the leaders came in for tires. He was able to push Preece to the limit, but could not get past, and Preece stretched out his lead in the closing laps.
Chris Pasteryak (No. 59 Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet) finished third, which tied his best career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour effort, previously also set at Stafford. Eric Beers (No. 46 Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet) and Rowan Pennink (No. 93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet) rounded out the top five.
Erick Rudolph, Donny Lia, Jimmy Blewett, Woody Pitkat and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top 10 finishers. Coors Light Pole Award winner Eric Berndt finished 16th.
Christopher regained the season points lead with his runner-up effort. He now leads Szegedy by 14 points after seven events.
Next up for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the Budweiser 150 presented by New England Dodge Dealers on Thursday, August 13 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.