58 Days 'Til Daytona - Today's Featured Driver: Ryan Preece

In case you missed it, StatChat is counting down the days ‘til the 2021 Daytona 500.  Every two days, we will have a new article featuring one of the Top 30 Drivers of 2020. 

 

29th Place – Ryan Preece – 477 pts

 

By the Numbers:

 

P9 – Ryan Preece’s best finish of the 2020 Cup Series Season.  The finish came during the Round of 16 at the Bristol Night Race.  This and a 10th place finish two races later at Talladega marked Ryan Preece’s only 2 Top-10 finishes (compared to 3 Top-10s the year prior).

 

1.28 – Ryan Preece may only have been in his second year of full-time Cup Series racing, but his results at JTG-Daugherty Racing have trended in the wrong direction, finishing an average of 1.28 spots worse per race than in 2019.

 

13.53 points – The average number of points earned by Preece per race.  JTG-Daugherty may not be one of the premiere teams but even Ricky Stenhouse Jr., his teammate (who would be the first to admit he had a dismal season) was able to secure an average of 16.42 points per race.  Ryan Preece will have to be better in 2021.

 

18.18% Career DNF Rate –  To wreck out of almost 1 in 5 races is not a stat that Ryan Preece is going to want to continue to grow.  Even the top drivers have DNFs – there are certain things in NASCAR that are beyond your control – but Preece’s rate is too high to be considered solely unlucky. 

 

13.43 Average Finish – During the COVID-19 break between the Phoenix race on March 8th and NASCAR’s triumphant return to racing on May 17th, many drivers participated in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series to help pass the time and keep the fans engaged.  Ryan Preece’s average finish was 13.43 through the 7 races, including a 2nd place finish at e-Texas.  Was this a sign of what talent may be hiding behind bad equipment?  Or is Ryan just good at video games?

 

Ryan Preece is set to return to the JTG-Daugherty No. 37 Chevrolet in 2021.

 

Coming up in two days – Matt Kenseth