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NXS: Ryan Preece Had a Successful Weekend at NHMS

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It may have been Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, doing a celebratory burnout and capturing the victory in the Overton’s 200 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, but it was his teammate Ryan Preece the second-place finisher that many were talking about.

Preece is no stranger to the NASCAR XFINITY Series having drove for JD Motorsports full-time in 2016 and was slated to run a full schedule for the team this season as well. However, in December Preece and the team parted ways which let Preece pursue other opportunities.

The main reason for Preece leaving a full-time ride? He wanted to be with a team that was going to win races. Preece ultimately decided to rejoin TS Hauler’s Racing in the NASCAR Wheelan Modified Series where he has been racing full-time this season in the No. 6 Chevrolet because he knew he could win.

Preece came mighty close to that goal of winning a race on Saturday. Some might even say finishing second to Busch is a win, but Preece certainly proved himself and proved with the right equipment he can run up front.

“What I really want to say is that this one is for all the short track guys out there that work week in and week out their race shops, getting ready to go on Friday nights and Saturday nights, Preece said.”

Preece ran up front in his No. 20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing for the entire 200-lap event and he will get yet another chance to run up front when he’s back with JGR for the NXS race at Iowa in two weeks.

The second-place finish for Preece capped off a very successful weekend for the driver. He won Friday’s Whelen Modified Tour All-Star Shootout and finished second in the Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100 on Saturday which ran prior to the XFINITY Series race.

“I like to win races, you really can’t complain if you get two seconds and a win in a weekend, Preece said.”

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @sahsports4883. A college student studying in the Legal field, and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends the September race each year.

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