LOUDON, NH – @RyanPreece_ knows his Whelen Modified Tour car and his Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet that he’ll race on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are two different breeds. But, the confidence of being fastest in the final Modified practice spills over to his debut with Premium Motorsports at NASCAR’s top level.
“When it comes to the cars, it’s really apples and oranges,” said Preece, “but knowing that I’ve got a good handle on the track keeps me in a good mindset.”
Preece currently leads the Championship standings in the NASCAR’s oldest division by one point over Woody Pitkat with just three races remaining on the schedule.
Preece, who’s Sprint Cup Series team has support this weekend from Tommy Baldwin Racing, has two different agendas.
“Obviously, we’re trying to win another Modified Championship — so my expectations are really high for Saturday. With the Cup car, our goal is to qualify as best as we can and complete all the laps. We have very realistic goals for Sunday. It’s all about learning as much about these cars as I can. I’m fortunate to have some really good people around me.”
At 25 years old, Preece is at a point in his career where the future is upon him. If he’s going get to the next level he’s going to have to make some good strides.
“The biggest thing for me is to not make mistakes,” said Preece. “Wrecks and mechanical problems are sometimes out of your control, but I’m going to do my job as best I can and get the best possible results.”
One thing that a driver is always responsible for is the effort. And if that’s the measuring stick for Sunday’s success, Ryan Preece should leave the track with the feeling of accomplishment.