Dazzling Debut: Ryan Preece Wins In First Camping World Truck Series Start At Nashville Superspeedway

Ryan Preece celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway Friday (Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Trucking has been the theme of the 2021 season for Ryan Preece. As in trucking all over the country to compete in events. 

Outside of his regular schedule with JTG Daugherty in the NASCAR Cup Series, the Berlin native has been tripping all over the East coast since February chasing starts in Modified events. 

Friday he added a new a division to his resume and made quick work of finding victory lane. 

In his first start with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Preece topped the field in the Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway Friday. 

“That was a lot of fun,” Preece said. “Really I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know anything. I was just taking the guidance from [crew chief] Chad [Johnston] and my teammates and told them I’d be better in the race than I was in qualifying and practice. And fortunately, I lived up to that.” 

Preece, who finished third in the Nutmeg State 75 Tour Type Modified feature Wednesday at Thompson Speedway, became the fifth driver in Camping World Truck Series history to win in his debut in the division.

Preece took the lead from Grant Enfinger on lap 144 of the 150 lap race and rolled to victory. 

“Chad [Johnston] did an awesome job calling the race,” Preece said. “Great adjustments. Awesome car. … This Ford F150 was pretty stout. Thank you Kevin Harvick, KHI Management, Hunt Brothers Pizza and Martin Buildings for stepping up and allowing me to come out here and do this. This is why I love to race. I love winning.”

It marked the third victory in one of NASCAR’s top-three national series’ for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. He had two victories driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017 and 2018. 

Preece’s teammate Todd Gilliland was second and Enfinger was third. 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Inaugural Rackley Roofing 200

Nashville Superspeedway

Nashville, Tennessee

Friday, June 18, 2021

               1. (6)  Ryan Preece(i), Ford, 150.

               2. (35)  Todd Gilliland, Ford, 150.

               3. (4)  Grant Enfinger, Toyota, 150.

               4. (9)  Zane Smith, Chevrolet, 150.

               5. (17)  Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 150.

               6. (15)  Matt Crafton, Toyota, 150.

               7. (16)  Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 150.

               8. (13)  Ty Majeski, Toyota, 150.

               9. (3)  Austin Hill, Toyota, 150.

               10. (34)  John Hunter Nemechek, Toyota, 150.

               11. (2)  Jack Wood, Chevrolet, 150.

               12. (8)  Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 150.

               13. (5)  Chandler Smith #, Toyota, 150.

               14. (24)  Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet, 150.

               15. (21)  Chase Purdy #, Chevrolet, 150.

               16. (11)  Carson Hocevar #, Chevrolet, 150.

               17. (18)  Parker Kligerman, Chevrolet, 150.

               18. (36)  Tanner Gray, Ford, 150.

               19. (12)  Josh Berry(i), Chevrolet, 150.

               20. (22)  Tate Fogleman, Chevrolet, 150.

               21. (14)  Hailie Deegan #, Ford, 150.

               22. (23)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 150.

               23. (7)  Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, 150.

               24. (20)  Drew Dollar, Toyota, 150.

               25. (30)  Spencer Davis, Toyota, 150.

               26. (19)  Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 150.

               27. (27)  Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 150.

               28. (31)  Dawson Cram, Chevrolet, 150.

               29. (25)  Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 150.

               30. (32)  Danny Bohn, Toyota, 149.

               31. (33)  Cory Roper, Ford, 148.

               32. (29)  Kris Wright #, Chevrolet, 148.

               33. (28)  Trey Hutchens III, Chevrolet, 146.

               34. (26)  Lawless Alan, Toyota, 142.

               35. (1)  Derek Kraus, Toyota, Accident, 110.

               36. (10)  William Byron(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 78.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  114.637 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 44 Mins, 25 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.950 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 29 laps.

Lead Changes:  8 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   D. Kraus 1-48;A. Hill 49-50;C. Smith # 51-98;G. Enfinger 99-103;S. Friesen 104-108;G. Enfinger 109-117;R. Preece(i) 118;G. Enfinger 119-143;R. Preece(i) 144-150.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Chandler Smith # 1 time for 48 laps; Derek Kraus 1 time for 48 laps; Grant Enfinger 3 times for 39 laps; Ryan Preece(i) 2 times for 8 laps; Stewart Friesen 1 time for 5 laps; Austin Hill 1 time for 2 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 19,16,18,98,24,17,21,13,27,26

Stage #2 Top Ten: 18,21,19,13,88,99,24,15,98,17


  1. Congrats to Ryan Preece and the #17 DGR team. What an awesome job, winning in his very first truck race complete with rookie stripes. Most impressive is that unlike many of those trucksters Ryan drove a clean race. He’ll get another chance at Pocano next week. Great job Ryan👍👍

  2. Viva Race Fan says


  3. Brilliant! Great job Ryan!

  4. donsuper says

    hey brad.see what happens when he gets good equipment

  5. Good driver + good equipment = Win

    A big thanks to Kevin Harvick for the opportunity.

  6. seekonk fan says

    What did I miss? Why thank you Harvick ? Isn’t that one of Gilly’s trucks ?

  7. Seekonk Fan,
    Ryan is represented by KHI Management, which is the sports management company owned by Kevin Harvick.

  8. Once I Saw Hunt’s Brothers On Truck , I Knew “Happy’ was involved Glad “Preece Lighting’ aknowledged It. I Had Heard That Harv Was Trying To Sell Him To Stewart Haas

  9. Was that a rent a truck or a bought ride from KHI sports management, I don”t understand ?

  10. The Reg, That would be great to drop Preece in the # 10 Aric Almirola Stewart Haas Car …. SWEET..!!!

  11. Fast Eddie says

    Just what Ryan needed, another NASCAR top level win! A great addition to his list of Xfinity accomplishments.

  12. Ryan’s wins just shows he’s not getting capable equipment in the 37 and there’s only so much a driver can do.

    One thing for sure… you gotta have your own in-house engine shop. Buying power does not work.

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