THOMPSON – Life hasn’t been all that good for Ryan Preece of late in the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway.
On July 18 Preece lost an opportunity for victory when a late race battle with Keith Rocco went bad between the two at Stafford. On July 25 Preece was battling for second in the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K when he spun after contact with Ted Christopher on the last lap.
Wednesday Preece came to Thompson Speedway looking for some better times in an SK Modified, and he found just that.
Preece won two of three segments Thursday to capture the overall SK Modified victory at Thompson Speedway.
The race was contested in two 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap sprint.
Preece, of Berlin, won the second segment and the 10-lap sprint. He finished fourth in the first segment for a cumulative finish points of six.
Kerry Malone of Needham, Mass., who finished second to Preece in the final segment, finished second overall with a cumulative of eight with a second place in the first segment and a fourth in the second segment.
Todd Ceravolo (3rd, 3rd, 4th) of Gales Ferry and Cam McDermott (5th, 2nd, 3rd) of Scituate R.I. both finished with a cumulative of 10 overall for the event.
Rocco, of Wallingford, won the first segment of the night but retired during the second segment with mechanical issues.
Preece started sixth in the second segment and was up third by lap six. On lap seven he went by Tyler Chadwick for second. Three laps later he got by McDermott for the lead and went unchallenged the rest of the way.
Preece started on the pole for the final segment and had Malone hovering throughout, but held on for the win.
“That was phenomenal,” Preece said. “I knew at the end of that second [segment], I knew what we were missing and we tried to make an adjustment and we missed it a little bit, but my hat’s to [crew chief] Mike Paquette and this whole Falmouth Ready Mix crew. They did a phenomenal job. This car is lightning fast. I’m having a lot of fun.”