Ryan Preece In Busch Light Clash At LA Coliseum; To Make NASCAR Cup Series Starts For Rick Ware Racing

(Press release from Rick Ware Racing)

Ryan Preece (Photo: Brenda Meserve/Brenda Jane Photography)

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ryan Preece will compete in multiple NASCAR Cup Series races in 2022 for Rick Ware Racing (RWR) as a part of the team’s alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR).

Preece’s first race behind the wheel of the No. 15 Ford Mustang will be the inaugural Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum Feb. 6 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Preece, the Berlin, Connecticut native, has competed in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, where he’s collected a combined (28) wins.

“Ryan is a great addition to the RWR lineup for 2022,” commented team owner, Rick Ware. “His talent on the race track has been shown through his achievements in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Xfinity Series. Our alliance with SHR and Ford has allowed us to put a wheelman behind the wheel, starting at the quarter-mile showdown in LA.”

“Being a part of the Clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum is special to me because of the opportunity it presents,” said Preece. “A 1/4 mile bullring is the type of racetrack that I have had a lot of success on, and I’m looking forward to the future races ahead as well.“

Primary sponsors will be announced at a later date.

The inaugural Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum is set for February 6, 2022.


  1. Not sure how to feel about this one. While i want preece in the “bigs”, ware cars are not backmarkers, they are boat anchors, that sink right to the bottom. I dont care who is driving them.
    Open mind, and hopefully im surprised in a good way, but boy, this is a tall order, hass support or not.
    Good luck on this one ryan. All you can do is your best, and try not to get hurt here. Good luck!

  2. Is this the first year RWR has had an alliance with SHR? Given that this race is on a bullring, and the cars are all new, this could play into Ryan’s hands. How many times has he had success rolling out a new modified? Hope he does well, and it leads to more cup races. Ware has the money for good equipment, just hasn’t had the drivers, maybe now he does.

  3. Stuart A Fearn says

    I’m guessing the Ware organization is essentially SHR cars, setup, ideas, etc to get more data on the new car ASAP and gain an advantage. Of course that being said, Preece will have the 5th best of the stable since SHR stuff comes first. He is a paid tester and in order to learn something and get real data back you must send out good equipment with a realistic expectation of getting results otherwise there is no point in even going.
    Hopefully Ryan can learn how to dial these cars in to being winners faster than most.

  4. https://sports.yahoo.com/2022-busch-light-clash-coliseum-160046777.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

    I can appreciate this situation. Our man Preece is out in the cold at the end of 2021, terminated from a team that is lower down the food chain. Gets picked up by a top tier team and ends up in the first event in much the same position as 2021. Ryan has said he just wants to know he has the equipment to win every time he is in a race and that the new deal could go a long way to accomplishing that goal. On the surface this clearly is not that near as I can figure.
    Glass half full it is a race he did not plan on being in and it is a huge one. The traditionalists mocking the venue but failing to grasp the significance of capturing new eyeballs in an out of the box setting.
    Check the format out it’s different as well and complete with heats. Everyone will be there but only 23 cars make the feature race.
    Tonight the Patriots play the Bills in the first game of the playoffs with virtually no sports geek except perhaps for Mike Florio picking the Patriots. Based mainly on the QB and overall talent level. Temps near zero may blunt the Bills advantage in passing we’ll see. In any event no degrees as Mr. Courchesne might say and a quality running game may shift the needle a bit toward the Pats.
    Likewise the Busch Clash conditions may play to Preece’s strengths. From his bull ring experience to the fact these cars are completely new with no driver having any experience on the track may give Preece a chance to exceed expectations.

  5. If ware and preece manage to be one of the 23 to qualify and get in the event, thats a win for them. The rest, gravy. Hope it goes well. We shall see if the ware equipment has stepped up at all, from the dismal results of past seasons.

  6. As long as Preece has competitive equipment, he should be okay. Hopefully, he’s involved in the setup and tuning. This is his kinda track.

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