RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Ryan Preece has figured out Riverhead Raceway, winning his third consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at the track Saturday night in the Green Earth Technologies 200.
Preece, 22, from Berlin, Conn., took the lead from Timmy Solomito on Lap 177, sliding underneath the local driver and holding on for his fourth win of the 2013 season.
The 21-year-old Solomito, a regular in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified Division at Riverhead, won his first career Coors Light Pole Award in his sixth tour start and led the first 176 laps before giving way to Preece.
Justin Bonsignore managed to get by Solomito on Lap 193 to take second, while Solomito settled for third.
After taking control of the top spot, Preece strategically moved around the quarter-mile asphalt oval, pulling away for the win by 2.314 seconds. It was the ninth tour victory for the 2013 NASCAR Next driver and he tied Mike Ewanitsko for the most consecutive wins at the track, which has held 53 tour events.
Woody Pitkat and Howie Brode followed Solomito in fourth and fifth, respectively. Eric Goodale, Rowan Pennink, Ted Szegedy and Patrick Emerling rounded out the top 10.
Preece also pushed his points lead to 46 over Doug Coby, who finished 15th, with three races remaining.