Perfect Pair: Ryan Preece Grabs Second Consecutive SK Modified Win At Stafford

STAFFORD – It’s better to be lucky than good might be the most overused cliché in motorsports, but it was one Ryan Preece was sticking to Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Ryan Preece celebrates his second consecutive SK Modified victory Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway (Photo: Stephanie Kimball/Stafford Speedway)

Preece inherited the lead through a penalty and then nursed a struggling transmission over the closing circuits to win the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

It was the second victory in two events this year at Stafford for Preece, of Berlin.

“Luck was on my side tonight,” Preece said. “Everything went my way. The last restart, once I crossed the line I went go into low gear and it’s gone. So if we had another restart I was done. But things are going my way right now. Could they go my way next week? Maybe not, but I’m going to take them as they come. I won two races here last year and I’m already tied with that two weeks in.”

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, racing with a cast on his left on arm protecting a broken wrist, was second. Sean Foster of Ellington was third.

In the early stages of the event it looked as if a duel between Rowan Pennink and Doug Coby was setting up. But on lap 31 Coby went spinning out of the lead in turn three after contact from Pennink.

Pennink was put to the rear for the incident, handing the lead to Preece.

Preece had to survive five restarts over the final nine laps, including the final green-white-checkered with Rocco in second place.

“I knew we had a good car,” Preece said. “I felt I had a better car than Keith, and he only had one arm and I had two so I think I was alright.”

Foster rallied after contact with Preece.

“We had a good car,” Foster said. “I think it was capable of winning, but we ended up touching tires at one point with [Preece] and just got pinched in the wall a little bit. It was just tight racing. I didn’t really have car capable of winning at that point unless some crazy stuff happened.”

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