Ryan Preece Rolling NASCAR Modified Tour Hot Streak To One Of His Home Tracks Saturday

Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway might be the “Home Tracks” for Berlin’s Ryan Preece, but home away from home, call it the Beach House, is Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y.

Ryan Preece (Photo: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images for NASCAR)

And this week Preece, the hottest driver on the Whelen Modified Tour, takes the momentum train to the quarter-mile Riverhead bullring and has to undoubtedly be considered the favorite in Saturday’s Hoosier Tire 200 at Riverhead, the first of two trips to the track this season for the Tour.

Preece heads to Riverhead on a two-race winning streak after winning the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford on June 14 and the Mr. Rooter 161 at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday.

Preece is looking to become the first driver since Donny Lia in 2007 to win three consecutive events in one season. Lia won three straight races at Stafford, Thompson and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Ted Christopher is the last driver to win three consecutive series events not within a season. Christopher won the World Series at Thompson in 2008 to close the season and then won the Icebreaker at Thompson and the Spring Sizzler at Stafford to open the 2009 season.

At Stafford Preece rallied from a first lap spin to win, at Waterford he outdueled reigning series champion Doug Coby to steal the lead away on a green-white-checkered restart to end the race.

Barring schedule conflicts with his Modified Tour ride, Preece runs weekly in the Modified division at Riverhead.

He won the track’s Richie Evans Hall of Fame 100 on June 8. In six career Whelen Modified Tour starts at Riverhead Preece has an average finish of fifth and victories in last year and in 2009.

“I’ve been fortunate to win there this season, and I’ve had a couple tour wins there, so we’re going to see what we can do there,” Preece said.

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