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Victory Gets Away From Ryan Preece on Final Restart

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Ryan Preece had victory at New Hampshire within his grasp for the second day in a row in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

This time, however, Preece would not be the first one to the checkered flag.

A lack of right front grip on the final restart cost Preece the win in the Eastern Propane & Oil 100.

“I shredded the right front off,” he said. “I really didn’t have much there at the end.”

It was a disappointing end to a race that had the potential to be a big win for the Eddie Partridge-owned team.

Preece led 54 of 100 circuits, the most of any driver.

He lined up as the leader on the final restart next to Bobby Santos. But the VHT on the outside line, which Preece had used to his advantage throughout the race, had been worn off.

“My biggest thing was to try and get the right front of the VHT up top,” the Berlin, Connecticut native said. “Unfortunately, it was gone.”

Still, Preece couldn’t be too disapppointed.

After Timmy Solomito’s DNF due to the massive crash on lap 19, Preece now sits sixth in the points standings, only 39 markers behind the new leader, Rowan Pennink.

A win in the All-Star Shootout the day prior and a second in the Xfinity race at Loudon capped off an amazing weekend for the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour champion.

“You really can’t complain if you get two seconds and a win in a weekend,” said Preece. “That’s about as good as you possibly can get.”

The schedule lines up well for Preece. The next two races, at Stafford and Thompson, are the venues Preece has gotten his two victories this season.

The stage is set for a hot second half for Ryan Preece.

About Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert is an aspiring high school racing journalist. Editor of his school newspaper, Paul's excited to cover the Whelen Modified Tour in 2017. Paul has also been published in Speedway Illustrated.

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