It hasn’t been the start Ryan Preece was hoping for on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2014, as he defends his championship in the division.
Preece goes into Friday’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125 sitting 17th in the standings after two of 14 events this year.
Preece is looking to get back on the winning track in an event that he won in 2013.
The race has been rained out twice, first on May 23 and then on May 30. Preece qualified 13th for the event when time trials were held on May 23.
Coming from mid-pack shouldn’t be a worry for Preece. He recovered from an early race spin in the same event last year at Stafford to win.
“I think it’s going to be a challenge, but if we have a car that can go to the outside and can drive forward, it shouldn’t be a problem,” Preece said in a release. “It’s one of those things where I think we’re definitely capable of driving forward. Having track position is important because you don’t have to pass as many cars and I think there are a lot of cars who are starting deep in the field that can possibly win the race. I don’t think us starting 13th is going to hurt our chances of winning the race. If you think about it, that’s right around where I start every week in the SK.”
Preece, of Berlin, currently sits 31 points behind Whelen Modified Tour standings leader Justin Bonsignore.
Preece will also be looking to keep his perfect streak alive thus far in 2014 in Stafford’s SK Modified division. Preece has won both events run in the division in 2014.