Ryan Preece Finishes 17th In Mid-Ohio Debut With XFINITY Series

(Press Release from JD Motorsports)

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Ryan Preece (Photo: JD Motorsports)

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Ryan Preece turned in a fine performance in his Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course debut Saturday, finishing 17th in the Mid-Ohio Challenge.

Preece started 24th and ran as high as third before settling into a spot with the front-running group and finishing on the lead lap.

The race was a particular challenge because rain hit the track several times, sending drivers to the pits for wet-weather tires.

“It was a wild day,” Preece said. “All things considered – my first race here and the crazy weather, I thought we did well. Road racing is a different animal for me, and it was today, for sure.”

Preece stayed 17th in Xfinity driver points with the finish.

Justin Marks won the race, his first victory in the series. Elliott Sadler kept the point lead.
The series moves on to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee for an Aug. 19 race.


  1. Does anyone know what happened at the end?He I thought he was 11th at the end.Shawn,is there a website that covers xfinity in depth? JD Motorsports does not seem to provide much info

  2. Art,
    Not sure exactly what happened at the end. I know he was inside the top-10 late, then went off like so many others briefly and last I saw was running 11th. It sounds like on the final restart Ryan got cleaned out by Bubba Wallace while running 10th.
    And I’m not really sure there’s a site out there that covers XFINITY Series action too deeply.

  3. Thanks Shawn, Unfortunately I’m a little challenged when comes to Facebook and the like! I guess my age shows.

  4. Sharpie Fan says
  5. Fast Eddie says

    You might want to look at Jayski’s Silly Season site. it’s a good source for Cup, Xfinity, & truck info. And if you have an ancient computer like I do, it seems to load quicker than many other sites.

  6. Thanks guys

  7. A lot of talk going on with multiple cup teams running new nationwide teams next year. Hope Ryan can find a little more speed and success to maybe get a shot in better equipment next year.

  8. Ryan really looked good for a while on a slick surface. That was great to see…

    Maybe it’s just me, but I watch a lot of road racing series that run in the rain, and it sure looks like the Goodyear NASCAR rain tire is nowhere as good as what other manufacturers bring to other series.

    I thought it interesting that the Goodyear product seemed to last noticeably longer, on a heavier car with a solid rear axle, than what’s used in other series, and it made me wonder if they’re made from a harder compound. Trans-Am TA and TA2 cars are probably the closest full-time road course series cars to NASCAR stock cars. In fact, I’ve seen former Cup and XFinity series road course cars in TransAm races, and they seem to hook up a lot better in wet conditions.

  9. I amure it was Bubba Wallace that cleaned him out.He was more off track than on.What an idiot.Ryan had a great running going.The Roush crew should have mounted a mower deck to the underside of the 6 car,he would have gotten lots of grass cut.Just imagine if Ryan was in epuipment that good.nothing bad meant about his current team,doing well with what they got.

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