Ryan Preece

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Early Career


Preece began racing in 2007 and became 32nd in the championship in the Northeastern Midget Association with the Bertrand team. A year later he finished on the podium for the first time in his career with a third place[2] at Monadnock in his only Northeastern Midget race that year.


Preece competed in and won the championship in the SK Modified Series in 2011, while his future wife Heather was the series' Rookie of the Year.[3]


Whelen Modified Tour


Preece's Modified Tour car in 2015

That same year, he got his first career victory in the Whelen Modified Tour after dominating the Made In America Whelen 300 at Martinsville. In 2009 and 2012, he was runner-up in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, but he became champion in 2013 with four wins in fourteen races driving for Flamingo Motorsports, owned by Eric Sanderson. In 2014, he returned to the team and won the last two races of the year, coming home in second place in the final standings. In 2015, he drove for TS Haulers Racing, owned by Ed Partridge.[4]


On November 24, 2016, it was announced that Preece would remain at JD Motorsports for another full season in 2017. However, on December 8, 2016, it was announced that Preece and JD Motorsports had parted ways, letting Preece explore other opportunities. The primary reason why Preece left JD is that he wanted to be in a team to win races and expected to be back in the Whelen Modified Tour in 2017.[5] He rejoined Partridge's team in the Modified Tour.[6] Although Preece now competes full-time in the Cup Series, he still competes part-time in the Whelen Modified Tour in Patridge's No. 6 car.


Xfinity Series

2013–2017


Preece at Road America in 2016

He made his debut in the Nationwide Series in 2013 and finished 24th at Loudon driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for Tommy Baldwin Racing. In 2014, he drove two races driving the No. 36 Camaro for TBR at Loudon and Homestead, with a best finish of 14th.



Preece in the No. 01 at Road America in 2016

On August 8, 2015, Preece announced he would make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut for TBR at Loudon.[7] Preece joined JD Motorsports full-time in 2016, driving the No. 01 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series.[8] The primary sponsor was Flex Seal. Preece has several decent runs for the mid-pack organization in 2016, just missing the first ever Xfinity playoffs.


2017–2018: Joe Gibbs Racing

In July 2017, he returned to the Xfinity Series, racing at Loudon in the No. 20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing with sponsorship from Mohawk Northeast and Mizzy Construction, finishing a career-best second behind teammate Kyle Busch.[9] [10] The opportunity originally came after Kevin Manion contacted Preece about openings at JGR after the retirement of Carl Edwards.[11]


At Iowa, Preece returned to the No. 20 with Mohawk and Falmouth Construction sponsoring. Preece won the pole and held off teammate Kyle Benjamin on a late restart to win his first career Xfinity race.[12]


After his Iowa win, JGR announced that Preece would also drive for the team at Kentucky Speedway in September (a standalone Xfinity race), and later Homestead (where Cup drivers, regardless of experience, are prohibited from participating).[13] Preece, with the American Red Cross on the No. 20 car, finished 4th at Kentucky.


Preece moved to Gibbs’ No. 18 Safelite Toyota at Homestead. Preece was involved in a controversy, as championship contender Elliott Sadler placed the blame on Preece for blocking him on the final restart of the season. Preece still managed a top 5 finish.



Preece after winning the 2018 Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

On November 15, 2017, it was announced that Preece would run another partial schedule with JGR in 2018, running at least ten races in the No. 18 car, sharing it with JGR Cup drivers Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and Daniel Suárez, JGR development driver Kyle Benjamin, and Australian James Davison. While he is listed for ten races, more races are possible.[14] Sponsorship of Preece's races in the No. 18 would come primarily from Rheem. A few of the races were instead supported by Ruud and its affiliate businesses.


Preece began his season with a 9th-place finish at California, his first time finishing outside the top 5 at Gibbs. He got back in the top 5 a week later at Texas.


Preece became eligible for the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash after his good run at Texas. The next week at Bristol, Preece won the race and the bonus, taking home the $100,000. It was Preece's second career Xfinity Series win.


Preece did not run any of the other Dash 4 Cash races. He returned to the No. 18 car at Daytona.


2019: JR Motorsports


Preece in the No. 8 for JR Motorsports in 2019 at Pocono

For 2019, Preece joined JR Motorsports to drive their No. 8 part-time. He competed in four events, all finishing in the top ten with a highest of fourth at Pocono.


Cup Series

2015: Premium Motorsports

Preece drove the No. 98 Chevy out of the TBR shop in partnership with Premium Motorsports. After starting 37th, he finished 32nd in the Sylvania 300. Preece returned to the Cup Series for the final four races of the season with Premium. TBR did not assist his races at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix, though they returned to help field the No. 98 at Homestead out of their shop.[15]


2019–present: JTG Daugherty Racing


Preece's No. 47 during the 2019 Toyota/Save Mart 350

On September 28, 2018, Preece was announced as the new full-time driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for JTG Daugherty Racing in 2019, replacing A. J. Allmendinger and competing for 2019 Rookie of the Year honors.[16] Preece also joined JR Motorsports for a part-time Xfinity Series schedule in the No. 8 Camaro.[17]


On August 16, 2019, Preece confirmed that he would remain with the team for the 2020 season.[18] However, he moved to JTG's No. 37 car as new teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took over the No. 47.[19] For the Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway, Preece started on the pole via field inversion, unofficially marking his first career pole at the Cup level; he had finished 20th in the previous race, and a field inversion placed him in first.[20] Despite running with the leaders for much of the Toyota 500's early stages, he finished last after his engine failed on lap 69.[21] Preece was involved in a violent crash on a restart at Kansas Speedway in July 2020, but was unscathed.[22] It was Preece's fourth straight DNF, but broke a string of last-place finishes. Preece scored a total of 8 DNF's during the season, and finished out the year 29th in points.[23]


Preece returned to the No. 37 in 2021, but the car did not have a charter that would have guaranteed it a spot in every race and only carried enough sponsorship for 24 of 36 races.[24]


Truck Series

Preece made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2021, driving the No. 17 for David Gilliland Racing in the races at Nashville Superspeedway and Pocono Raceway.[25] Despite driving for a Chevrolet team in the Cup Series, Preece drove for DGR, a Ford team, in these starts. At Nashville, he passed Grant Enfinger with six laps remaining which enabled him to become the fifth driver in series history to win in his first career start.[26]


Personal life

Preece is a native of Berlin, Connecticut. He is the youngest of three sons. In 2009, he graduated from Xavier High School.[27]


Preece married his longtime girlfriend, Heather DesRochers, in 2017.[3] DesRochers is also a racing driver and was a participant in NASCAR's Drive for Diversity combine in 2009[28] and 2010,[29] attempting to become one of the drivers selected to be in the D4D program, although she was not selected either year. The two met at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2009 and competed against each other at in the SK Modified Series in 2011, where Preece won the championship and DesRochers was the Rookie of the Year.[3] (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Ryan Preece

2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Champion

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