Ryan Preece To Make Second Sprint Cup Series Start At Martinsville Speedway

Ryan Preece during his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice earlier this year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Ryan Preece during his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice earlier this year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Berlin’s Ryan Preece is on the entry list for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

It will mark the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start for Preece, who is a regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and a full-time competitor in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway.

Preece, of Berlin, made his Sprint Cup Series debut driving for Premium Motorsports with the support of Tommy Baldwin Racing in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 27.

Preece started 37th and finished 32nd in the 43 car field at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Preece announced the week after that start that he would also make another start for the team in the Sprint Cup Series season finale this year at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Mike Curb is the listed owner on the Martinsville entry list for Preece’s No. 98 ride.

Preece was unavailable for comment Tuesday morning.

Preece finished second to Doug Coby in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings this year. The Whelen Modified Tour completed its 2015 season on Oct. 18 at Thompson Speedway. Preece was the Whelen Modified Tour series champion in 2013 and was also second in the standings in 2012 and 2014.


  1. NASCAR and jayski .com have reed Sorensen in the 98 mike curb owned car.

  2. Franky, I saw that too, however FoxSports has Ryan listed in the 98… Interesting.

  3. Might be for the best. Riding around last in a cup race does nothing for a driving career. Spend half the money and get in a top 10 truck ride. JMO

  4. I see Ryan race every week at Stafford and occationaly at Thompson when they race on Wendesdays and have been watching him since i was little and i knew someday he would go into the Cup Series.

  5. Martinsville should be a great track for Ryan to have a good run at.Good luck.

  6. Grey Matter says

    Ryan hasn’t gone anywhere. This is not what anyone would call a “ride”. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would be amazed if he even qualified for Martinsville. He has a long way to go and a lot more money to spend to go anywhere.

  7. Everyone is qualified ,I’m pretty sure that was a big reason they chose this race ‘I guess if you have money to blow its ok but like you said no t going anywhere unless you got a boat load more,not like the days of Bouchard,Bodine and others when you could make it on talent

  8. I predict at least a top 40 finish for Ryan…with a little luck maybe a top 35.

  9. I am sick of the pessimism coming from the people who comment. Get real people this is the major leagues of NASCAR. Who cares if it’s a bottom on the barrel team. Ryan is getting his name out there and trying to attract sponsors. Do I think he is ready for the Sprint Cup? No. However, this is an opportunity for a sponsor to grab him and maybe put him in a national touring ride. There are so many positives coming from this.
    Elect is right. There are 43 drivers entered so he WILL be racing Sunday. Grey Matter, maybe try doing your homework before taking a positive comment from Logan and trashing it. If you did do your homework you would also know that this team finished 30th in March at Martinsville. Chris D, what mathematical formula did you use to devise your top 40 prediction? Knowing the car came in 30th last time here, Ryan placed 32nd at NHMS, and knowing Ryan knows short track racing, how did you come up with such a conservative prediction?
    Many people on here are tired of following a local drivers who do not make it. I understand your frustration. However, Ryan has secured 3 cup rides this year and only positives can result. With some luck, maybe he’ll spin out Kevin Harvick and be all over SportCenter. Even a mistake like that would be a positive because he would have his name out there. Love the debates on this site but you guys have to stop with the negative comments. Who cares if you think this won’t work? No one wants to read your negativity.

  10. Here’s the formula…Ryan will finish last among the cars that don’t start and park. If some real cup teams have a mechanical issue or get knocked out due to a crash his finish will be even better (rather be lucky than good). FYI, Ryan won’t be the only driver on the track who knows short track racing. By the way, I am being positive.

  11. Chris D. ,

    I get it, you have no respect for Ryan. Ok. But at least do some fact checking, as he finished in front of 6 cars that did NOT have any crash / mechanical issues at NHMS. Is the 98 a field filler? Probably could be realistically considered one. But now, he has a 4 race deal with a sponsor, so what say all you naysayers now? Purchased ride or starting to get some notice?

    How about some of you armchair racers showing some excitement for the fact that a driver that you all know and (love / hate) is getting an opportunity to show his stuff on the big stage. I personally hope that Ryan can have some good finishes. I think that he’s capable of it. Best of luck to him.

  12. Hmm, Ryan starting 37th… So far, looks like my formula and prediction is spot on

  13. Well RichC and Positive…I guess my prediction wasn’t conservative enough. I said top 40, top 35 if lucky. Oh well, career average finish of 37th is pretty good, hope those cup owners are noticing. I predict a better finish at the next race…can’t be much worse can it?

  14. ChrisD.,

    My apologies for not recognizing the depth of your knowledge and not appreciating the fact that you take time out of your busy day to share it with us.

  15. RichC .,
    Apology accepted.

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