By CAMDEN PROUD
With his win in last night’s 200 lap Wall Stadium Speedway 42nd annual “Turkey Derby”, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point standings runner-up Ryan Preece is now guaranteed as a starter in this September’s Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour RoC Weekend 250 at the Oswego Speedway. Preece collected 602 total points in this season’s NWMT campaign and in 15 starts, collected 14 top 10 finishes, 10 top 5 finishes, and 4 wins in his No. 6 machine behind championship driver Doug Coby’s 613 total earned points, 7 wins, 12 top 10 finishes, and 11 top 5 finishes in the same number of races.
Preece is the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, 2014 Thompson Speedway Sunoco Modified Champion, 2013 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Bowman Gray Stadium Kevin Powell 199 Event Winner, 2012 Thompson Speedway Sunoco Modified Champion, and 2011 Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified Champion. Ryan also was named to NASCAR’s elite, NASCAR NEXT, class of 2013 & 2014, and drove to the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 4th Place in the Nation title.
The accomplished driver sponsored by Falmouth Ready Mix, will join Justin Bonsignore as a guaranteed starter in the event as Bonsignore is granted the spot from RoC as winner of the North/South Shootout Series race at Concord Speedway in North Carolina. RoC announced earlier this month via Twitter that the guaranteed spot for the Race of Champions 250 would be handed to the victor of the NSS race. Bonsignore is the 2014 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion, 2011 Riverhead Raceway Modified Track Champion, 2010 Whelen Modified Tour Rookie Of The Year, 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sportsmanship award winner, 2014 Richie Evans Memorial 100 winner at New Smyrna Speedway, 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Most Popular Driver award winner, and the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Most Improved Driver award winner. Bonsignore finished 10th in the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Standings and a large number of NWMT drivers, along with both he and Preece, are expected at the 250 lap event at the Steel Palace to be held Race of Champions Weekend September 15, 16, and 17, with more guaranteed starters and qualifying trail races expected to be announced.
In his last outing at Oswego Speedway and the last Race of Champions Modified 200 event to date at the “Indy of the East”, Preece finished 3rd to Chuck Hossfeld and Tony Hanbury. Austin Kochenask, Doug Reaume, Mike Leaty, Daren Scherer, Bobby Homes, Brian DeFebo, Nick Pecko, Stewart Friesen, George Skora III, Bryan Sherwood, Nick Barzee, Matt Hirschman, Kirk Totten, Jimmy Zacharias, Brandon Oltra, Rusty Smith, and Sam Fullone completed the rest of the top 20.
Matt Hirschman was the 2015 Race of Champions Modified Tour Champion and also won the 2015 Race of Champions Modified 200 at Chemung Speedrome. Joe Sckotnicki will take over promotional duties for RoC in 2016 and has already begun to do so. Preece competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale just this past week at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida in the Premium Motorsports No. 98 in just the 6th start of his career in the series. Ryan was credited with a 38th place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400.
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