Ryan Preece Targeting Return To Thompson Speedway For Icebreaker Outlaw Mod Series Event

Ryan Preece (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece is expecting to take every opportunity he can get to squeeze Tour Type Modified events into his schedule in 2021. 

That determination to find a way to every Modified event he can was on display in Florida on Feb. 10 when the former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion raced to New Smyrna Speedway for the John Blewett III Memorial 76 following the conclusion of evening time trials for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Preece started last in the feature at New Smyrna and went on to victory. 

Preece is entered to compete in the Whelen Modified Tour season opening event on April 8 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. On Saturday April 10 he will run under the lights at Martinsville for his JTG Daugherty Cup Series team. 

And his hope is to get out of Martinsville and get to Thompson Speedway for the $10,000 to win Icebreaker 125 Tour Type Modified event on Sunday April 11. 

“We have a Saturday night race in the Cup car [at Martinsville], and I plan on going up to Thompson for the Icebreaker once I check the schedule to make sure it’s all going to work,” Preece said on episode 89 of Unmuffled. “I’m full steam ahead and I plan on being in a race car … I want to be in the seat all the time right, and that’s what I intend on doing.” 

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  1. Will someone else have to qualify the car for him on Saturday? If so, who?

  2. Charlie Brown says

    He’ll get a provisional spot, if not I’m willing to take the car out for time trials 🙃

  3. If anyone out there is still confused as to what a REAL race car driver looks like,look no further. Most cup drivers with time off are looking to do anything but travel more to race. Now granted if Ryan and Heather start a family it might slow down a bit,but right now the man is a portrait of a pure race car driver were nothing else matters. Very rare at this point in time.

  4. He’ll be there if it can work. Part of it working may be to run the open modified heats on the same day as the feature like at the World Series. This time all on Sunday instead of Saturday. That’s what teams would want to get away from isn’t it? Qualifying one day and the feature the next. It’s not like there isn’t enough to do Saturday.

  5. The schedule says features only on Sunday. I dont think they should change the schedule or give him (or anyone) a provisional just because. Someone else is going to have to qualify that bad boy.

    Racing all the time is working for him. I’ll give him that.

    If Preece wins a race or is in the playoffs hunt come June/ July my guess is all this changes. Except for the long Olympic break after Loudon.

  6. Do we really think the track will arrange the scheduled events around 1 driver?

    While Ryan is a “real racer”, I would think he should be concentrating on cup, continuing to finish in the top 10 in an effort to attract potential sponsorship $$$$ so he can compete for a full season? This is “big picture” time for him and his career in cup racing. IMHO

  7. Being a former WMT champion almost guarantee’s Ryan a provisional starting spot. Like Wow said, if your looking for a “real” racer, look no further than Ryan Preece. Wish him the best of luck that weekend, hope everything works out.

  8. “FRIDAY: Optional test & tune session, SATURDAY: Qualifying, select feature events, SUNDAY: Feature events, headlined by the 125 lap, $10,000 to win Outlaw Open Modified Series event”

    Point taken. Still we’ve got some time to kill before the event so can we talk?
    I wished upon a star for New Smyrna to limit the feature cars to no avail so why not be consistent and bark at the moon here as well.
    Time trials are dead, long live the heats. These aren’t all fancy schmancy NASCAR modified teams with their fancy schmancy time trialy menu of strict qualifying to race procedures. A lot of the cars showing up will be like the Tri Track race at Stafford. Meat and potato teams out for a scamper in the traditional first regional event. May have raced the MRS or Open one day event before but now they’re the headliners just trying to qualify.
    Then there are the teams that will have raced Thursday. They travel all the way down to Martinsville and may want to take in more of the festivities and hob nob with the NASCAR elite. Heats on Sunday give them more breathing room if they want to come back for the Icebreaker. May even help increase the car count for Thompson.
    One day. Come, race, go home. Or stay but give them the choice and not make them stay for two days. Make Saturday heavy on full bodied cars, Sunday open wheels. That’s the ticket to a bigger modified car counts.
    Speaking of tickets separate tickets for Saturday and Sunday, bundle two days at big savings.
    And while I’m barking at the moon lets talk TV. The World Series open race was on Speed51. There will be some kind of crowd limits so TV will be kind of necessary. My choice do like Stafford. The entire Michaud and Mayberry seven race season including NHMS for one price on FloSports, Speed51, Northeast Sports Network whatever. Hit the right price point and it won’t be a TV vs going choice. Folks will buy it and go and be connected all weekend even in the camper as they are drinking beers an popping shrimp on the barbie. .

  9. Rob P. This is an open event so past champions shouldn’t matter. To your point though. What if Coby, Santos or Silk have engine problems on Saturday? Are you giving the provisional to the guy who was there on Saturday or the guy who wasn’t there on Saturday?

    I have no issues if someone else qualifies the car but just saving a spot for him is wrong on so many levels. Of course, if it rains in VA or CT this is not an issue.

    I dismiss every self serving idea Doug spewed out.

  10. It’s true. It is all self serving.
    From the pandemic, to your observations on racing were we all be the civic minded, team player you’ve been the world would be a better place.

  11. 🌈JD🌈 wrote, “I dismiss every self serving idea Doug spewed out.”

    Shawn, how many different posters are on here using the “JD” screen name?

    Almost all posts from the apparently traditional “JD” screen name are usually massive 💩, but lately there has been a couple gems, like the cited quote.

  12. WeldingWonders says

    “ hate me because I’m beautiful and smarter than you.



    73 Almost all posts from the apparently traditional “JD” screen name are usually massive (VULGAR EMOJI)


  13. All my posts are JD originals. I’m glad you have been enjoying my more recent works.

  14. Sorry but the Icebreaker open mod race is not a WMT race. Why a provisional for a past WMT champ? 🍊 and 🍎. No way no how, race your way in.

  15. WeldingWonders says



    JD says
    March 31, 2020 at 6:57 pm
    I disagree there is no end in sight. Look who is not getting sick. All the people working in the grocery stores. Business operators are going to see this and start to open their doors.

    JD says
    April 1, 2020 at 12:47 pm
    Listen, the government is incompetent at times. They said all the same things about Bush during Katrina. The government is not one person. Im a 26 year gov employee.

    JD says
    March 29, 2020 at 11:15 am
    Rob, just the opposite. Trump won because the hardworking middle class voted him in. I assume you understand how elections work

    JD says
    April 22, 2020 at 8:39 pm
    DaReal, the next four years will fly by. I promise.

    JD says
    April 11, 2020 at 5:26 pm
    I’m hoping to be at Seekonk June 6th myself. I know I’ll be at Loudon in July.

    JD says
    April 11, 2020 at 8:46 pm
    The economy will determine when we open. It already is. Once Texas opens, neighboring states will feel the pressure to do the same and so on down the line..

    JD says
    April 13, 2020 at 10:45 am
    1733 people die everyday from heart disease. Sad but true. 2000 a day from this isn’t far off of that should it get that high.

    JD says
    April 20, 2020 at 6:51 pm
    Short track racing is crowd dependent and nobody knows what that will look like yet. No TV money here

    JD says
    October 18, 2020 at 10:00 am
    TT is probably only looking at a few tracks beyond what they already have. I’m assuming Stafford is getting a 2021 race.

    JD says
    October 7, 2020 at 11:45 am
    The points are over. I’ll run down pit road naked if Justin doesn’t win this championship.

    JD says
    October 18, 2020 at 10:00 am
    I do love me some WMMP.

    JD says
    February 26, 2021 at 12:21 pm
    WMMP loved me and left me in 2020. They are dead to me.

    JD says
    October 31, 2020 at 10:19 am
    Rob P, if you are upset about Trump today don’t turn your TV on Tuesday night. 4 more yrs is nothing. It’s a cup of coffee really

    JD says
    November 1, 2020 at 6:12 pm
    And what about TV. For years and years people said the tour needed TV. Now every body is willing to toss that aside.
    I for one will not attend any track in 2021 that drops the tour completely. Lines are being drawn in the sand and I stand with the WMT.

    JD says
    November 26, 2020 at 10:11 am
    I can’t 100% confirm this but a little bird, smaller than a turkey told me the WMT will be at Seekonk June 5th. Their normal tour date.

    JD says
    November 14, 2020 at 10:49 am
    Cancel all live TV/Internet feeds too. Sorry, buy a ticket or go without. NHMS tickets are $35. That includes an Xfinity race and more in July. Less than a lot of Connecticut races.


  16. Doug is lashing out now. Use those coping mechanisms doc gave you buddy.

  17. I almost missed the intelligent take Earl had earlier. That shouldn’t go unnoticed. They are far and few between.

  18. JD says
    April 22, 2020 at 8:39 pm
    DaReal, the next four years will fly by. I promise.

    Not quite what you meant or expected, but I’ll take it.


    Yes indeed, good times go by too quickly.

  19. Doug the victim strikes again.lol what a tool. Mommy that man is talking mean to me.lol. so many people living rent free in Doug’s head. It’s the reincarnation of the “Rain Man” right here in 2021 with his insult count. If it quacks like a duck it’s probably a 🦆🦆🦆.

  20. Wow, pow, holy cow a relatively new combatant enters the fray with a unprovoked attack. One completely predictable after the Bubba Wallace dust up. Welcome Wow!!
    Victim you say and JD saying it’s lashing out as well. I don’t see how that can be. Forgetting the fact WeldingWonders and myself are two completely distinct persona’s how can showing what people say with no editorial comment or insult be playing the victim. If the person is wise and informed the quote will show through as wise and informed. If it’s malarkey it will appear as malarkey for the gentle reader to judge.

    Wow says
    January 30, 2021 at 10:23 pm
    Ryan can’t catch sponsorship money but the media darling Bubba has companies lining up to throw money at him and guy couldn’t drive Monahan’s shagging wagon to the front at the bowl for crying out loud!!!!

    That’s a good example of a comment that speaks for itself. Wallace brings home the Petty car consistent with the prior drivers and is compared to a unique Limited Sportsman that first appeared at Thompson that wasn’t called the “shagging wagon”. Set aside my observation it was bigoted that’s an interpretation and subject to criticism. Consider the comment. Does it show the guy saying it is a wise and informed race fan or or is it an incendiary observation based on poor research and unjustified conclusions.
    It’s up to the reader to judge.

  21. All of Doug’s post go straight to my malarkey folder.

    Circling back to Preece, I could see a Tom Rogers or T. Solomito qualifying the car for him. It’s a stretch to think Preece can win with that field and no practice time. Possibly starting in the rear too. I’d just wait for the Wednesday show myself.

  22. Did Doug really just say that he and welding wonder are two different persona’s? You are the same person and everyone knows it,apparently but you Doug, which is why this is so funny. I get it now you are stone cold crazy and not in a good way in a nut house way. Some people read the daily comics for a little chuckle and a smile I personally prefer all of Doug’s personalities to give me a good laugh 😂😂

  23. Wow, Doug et al., has multiple personas, but manifested by the same 🦇💩🥜 agglomeration of carbon and water. At this point, he’s only fooling himself and those that are dumber than himself, and that can be many.

    But I get a kick out his frequent WeldingWonder posts summarizing how crazy 😜 he is. 🤪. He has no idea what he does to himself. 🤪😝

    Doug is also known as Cybil, the one that made Multiple Personality Disorder infamous.

  24. We’re in food fight season and I bet you didn’t even realize it. The time from the end of Speedweeks to the Icebreaker when the natives get restless and the mockery, taunts and Tom foolery fly thicker and faster then normal.

    JD come back to me babe. You used malarkey to describe my malarkey. That being the case everything I write can’t malarkey. Come on man!

    So the popular theory is that WeldingWonders and myself are the same person. I have proof that’s not the case. At the time my good friend WeldingWonders was writing his ode to JD I was in the shop putting the last epoxy coating on our latest metal and wood creation. Welding wonders does the metal fabrication and welding, I do the woodworking and finish. We make a good team.
    You can trust me. We are every bit separate and distinct entities as DarealGoodfella is a former modified team member, engineer with a degree from a prestigious university that gave him an advanced education in high level math who is normally preparing multi-million dollar plans and budgets for a variety of huge product development efforts that when exercising on his bike averages a little over 18 MPH for casual rides on a very hilly 43 mile circuit and to gives back to the community providing meals to a bunch of high potential young men of color.

    Swear to god!!!

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