STAFFORD, Conn. — Call Ryan Preece the comeback kid. The young driver fought his way up from the back of the field to overtake Ron Silk in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway en route to capturing his sixth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.
Preece, second fasted in qualifying, began the race in the rear after cutting a tire prior to the official start of the race. He watched Ron Silk dominate the field for the first 106 laps before moving past the leader and holding on through the final 18 laps.
It was Preece’s second come-from-behind win of the evening. In a Whelen All-American Series SK Modified event earlier in the evening, Preece found himself behind the rest of the field after spinning out in lap two. In similar fashion, he worked his way back up to the front, capturing the lead in the final laps.
Silk finished in the runner-up spot – followed by Rowan Pennink, Donny Lia and pole winner Bobby Santos. Doug Coby, Justin Bonsignore, Mike Stefanik, Jimmy Blewett and Woody Pitkat completed the top 10.
Ryan Preece, Ron Silk, Rowan Pennink, Donny Lia, Bobby Santos, Doug Coby, Justin Bonsignore, Mike Stefanik, Jimmy Blewett, Woody Pitkat, Ron Yuhas Jr., Bryon Chew, Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, Zane Zeiner, Eric Berndt, Jamie Tomaino, Gary McDonald, Wade Cole, Cole Powell, Richie Pallai Jr., Ed Flemke Jr., Eric Goodale, Patrick Emerling, Brian Schofield, Ken Heagy, Timmy Solomito