Whelen Motorsports

Preece Comes From Behind At Stafford For Tour Win

NWMT • June 14, 2013

STAFFORD, Conn. (June 14, 2013) – Call Ryan Preece the comeback kid. The young driver fought his way up from the back of the field to overtake Ron Silk in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway en route to capturing his sixth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory.

Preece, second fasted in qualifying, began the race in the rear after cutting a tire prior to the official start of the race. He watched Ron Silk dominate the field for the first 106 laps before moving past the leader and holding on through the final 18 laps.

It was Preece’s second come-from-behind win of the evening. In a Whelen All-American Series SK Modified event earlier in the evening, Preece found himself behind the rest of the field after spinning out in lap two. In similar fashion, he worked his way back up to the front, capturing the lead in the final laps.

Silk finished in the runner-up spot - followed by Rowan Pennink, Donny Lia and pole winner Bobby Santos. Doug Coby, Justin Bonsignore, Mike Stefanik, Jimmy Blewett and Woody Pitkat completed the top 10.

Friday’s race at Stafford was the second of four visits to the track this season. The tour will see action next on June 22 when it heads to Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl for the Mr. Rooter 161.


NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR-TSI Harley-Davidson 125 pres. by G-Oil
Unofficial Results
Friday
At Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford, Conn.
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 125 laps, 33.678 mph.
2. (3) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
3. (9) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 125.
4. (17) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 125.
5. (1) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 125.
6. (10) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
7. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
8. (13) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Chevrolet, 125.
9. (6) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 125.
10. (14) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Pontiac, 125.
11. (12) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
12. (15) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
13. (5) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 125.
14. (20) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
15. (11) Zane Zeiner, Bath, Pa., Chevrolet, 125.
16. (8) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
17. (19) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 125.
18. (25) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 125.
19. (24) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.
20. (16) Cole Powell, Mount Brydges, Ontario, Chevrolet, 120.
21. (18) Richie Pallai,, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.
22. (21) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 96, suspension.
23. (7) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 86.
24. (27) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 76, accident.
25. (26) Brian Schofield, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 48, overheating.
26. (23) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 45, rear end.
27. (22) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 21, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 51 minutes 21 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.056 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Santos (98.355 mph, 18.301 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 35 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Silk 1-106; R. Preece 107-125.
Standings: 1. R. Preece, 130; 2. R. Pennink, 124; 3. M. Stefanik, 118; 4. J. Bonsignore, 115; 5. B. Santos, 113; 6. D. Coby, 113; 7. R. Silk, 111; 8. T. Christopher, 110; 9. J. Blewett, 109; 10. D. Lia, 95.