Holiday Special: Ryan Preece Ready To Get Back To Modified For Turkey Derby At Wall Stadium

Ryan Preece (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

Ask Ryan Preece about the last time he got in a Modified in competition and the response from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular is fairly succinct. 

“It wasn’t good,” Preece said. 

Preece’s last Modified start came in the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 on July 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was the second of two Whelen Modified Tour starts in 2019 for the former series champion. Preece finished 19th that day in Loudon. He was 14th in his other series start in 2019 in June at Thompson Speedway. 

So it was no surprise when the opportunity was there to leave a better taste in his mouth when it comes to Modified racing for 2019, the Berlin native jumped at the opportunity. 

Preece said he decided last week to enter Saturday’s Tour Type Modified feature at the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium in Wall, N.J. 

“I enjoy racing,” Preece said. I enjoy winning, or at least contending to win. And every opportunity to do that I’m going to grab it.

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Comments

  1. GOOD LUCK Ryan. And Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Iowa???? Cup stars go to the Bahamas or Europe on their off weeks. Not Iowa. Martinsville and NH make a lot more sense since you are already there.

  3. Well you may be chilly Ryan but if you wear your LJ’s you should be fine. Sunny, high around 42 and even the wind dies down by then. Near perfect conditions considering the time of year. But load up and get on the road lickity split cause a storms a brewing soon after.
    What gives with that 6 car these days? What’s in it and what is it? Billed as a CD special last year at New Smyrna it did well. Appeared at a Stafford Open with a cast iron block engine and won. Not so good pretty much anywhere else where the competition was first rate. Is this the CD car and what are they packin for power. We’ll probably never know unless Ryan is fighting it out at the front which in my view would be sublime.

  4. Ryan Preece to the 48 car 2021!!!

  5. Interesting he stated in a speed 51 article that Phil Moran, Stephen Kopcik helped him get the car set up and ready. The Coby LFR guys getting there hands in the 6 teams equipment. Obviously racing community is small and guys help each other out more then most of us think or know but just kind of an interesting side bar.

  6. Phil Moran, Mike Paquette and Steven Kopcik helping to prep his car. That’s some all star crewing going on there. Could be reading too much in but it speaks to the respect these racing guys have for Preece. He’s comfortably at the top level of racing, in his off season and around the holidays. He’s spending time and money doing last minute wrenching on a car, traveling through post holiday traffic through the great NY area to freeze his butt off for the shear enjoyment of the experience.
    Bonisignor and Massa taking the 51 for a rare non NWMT race as well. The team that had the top qualifying speed in the NWMT race. Preece, Hirschman, Blewett,Sapienza better be on top of their games.

  7. Unbiased,
    He actually revealed that info about Phil Moran and Stephen Kopcik working on his car on the most recent Unmuffled podcast, well before anything was published about it on Speed51.

  8. I’d like to think of myself as a pretty good Preece fan. His appearance and win at the Stafford Open was one of my greatest memories ever. But that was B level competition. This is A level on a lightning fast track against guys that have been racing modifieds all year. Focus matters. Put money on Bonsignor, Hirschman, Blewett and a couple of the regulars. Preece will finish out of the money.

  9. Second that, but most likely will be some kid from their development progam,or someone they steal from Kyle’s truck program.

  10. That situatio, with Moran and Kopcik helping out reminds me of the old days. Back then racers helped each other out. The paddock was like a community. If you happened to wreck, other teams pitched in to try and get you racing again. The drivers would beat and bang all night on track, then gather in the parking lot after the race for beers, bragging about the fun they’d had.
    Preece will figure that car out eventually, then watch out. Think he’ll finish Top 6.

  11. Ronnie Williams at the top of the board in practice at 12.226.That’s a surprise.

  12. Are you there Doug? How’s the weather? Cold? Wish I could have made it but we have Thanksgiving today due to family scheduling conflicts. Share any up close and personal updates with us? Stay warm.

  13. I didn’t know trolls liked turkey. Or do they have a separate plate of (s)corn for old farts like you Earl?

  14. Just thought you were there and was looking for some info since I could not make the trip, sorry I asked. Then you have to play the troll card……..

  15. No Earl you weren’t going to the race in any event and no you absolutely know I wasn’t.
    So I guess Earl that would make you not only an unrepentant troll but a lying troll seeing as how you’ve been engaging in this nonsense for the better part of a year now.
    Here’s my view of your inane, juvenile asides.
    The Turkey Derby in singularly unique because of the size of the event, the time of year and the mix of teams that includes representatives of most regional modified series.Add Preece into the event and it becomes a stew of wonderful notions to ponder and things to chat about. It’s like the perfect book end to the New Smyrna World Series, the open that opens the season.
    What are you doing Earl? Not saying anything intelligent about the race that’s for sure. Not concentrating on the shifted family Thanksgiving celebration. You’re sitting down at your computer, not saying anything interesting about the race and trolling me. Dude, get a life!

  16. Dude, get a life? Doug, let’s be clear, you dominate most of the articles with your comments (6 of 15 in this article alone) and you are telling me to get a life? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  17. “Are you there Doug? How’s the weather? Cold? Wish I could have made it but we have Thanksgiving today due to family scheduling conflicts. Share any up close and personal updates with us? Stay warm.”

    “Just thought you were there and was looking for some info since I could not make the trip, sorry I asked. Then you have to play the troll card…”

    “Dude, get a life? Doug, let’s be clear, you dominate most of the articles with your comments (6 of 15 in this article alone) and you are telling me to get a life? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂”

    You like counting ticket stubs don’t you Earl and now you’re counting comments. I can do that too.
    OK so let’s count all the comments Earl made that said something interesting about the topic. Well they’re all right there. Zero. You’re at zero Earl.
    Count away Earl. So far you are at zero in saying anything intelligent about anything let alone the actual topic. That puts everyone on the board that commented 100% on topic and relevant.
    Old Earl not so much. You’re at zero. That’s the life of a troll. Zero content. Just a pest.

  18. It’s pretty comical to watch kids fighting online over some words someone typed. For the record Doug, you need a new hobby bud.

    Will Bob and Mike ever figure out how to make a competitive tour type chassis? I think if they were serious about it, they would testing this thing all over the place instead of just when Preece decides to show up.

  19. A supporter of trolling and above it all giving advice. That’s novel. Thanks Lightsout so kind of you. I’ll take it under advisement and get back to you on that.
    Now lets talk about the content you bring to the table that I’m figuring you think is pretty snappy. Like admonishing Fifield for not turning lap times as good as the SK teams and insisting Mr.Courchesnes column on the double standard missed the mark. No sexism you say. As you ignored the guys that were turning laps slower then some of the SK’s at Stafford. Didn’t want to be a pest at the time as you were proving the point of the piece but since you’ve giving advice I want to show you a little love as well in return.
    So Bob And Mike can’t figure out how to make their chassis competitive you say. I’m guessing a win at the Stafford Open doesn’t count for you. How about at New Smyrna when they rolled it out and took a checked on the second night. That not count either? You checked Fifields laps times did you check Preece’s at the Turkey Derby? Best time lap via Race Monitor 12.43, second only to Hirschman. He had a dust up and had to retire but who knows how well he could have done were he to have finished the race.
    I think it’s comical too. For guys like you Lightsout to be so cavalier in your critique that is really insulting to some pretty heavy hitters based on no real thought at all. Then again you did imply typed words on a page don’t really mean much.

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