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Mixed bag for Ryan Preece in Thompson return

Paul Lambert/STS

Ryan Preece certainly had his highs and lows Wednesday when he returned to Thompson to compete in the Sunoco Modified feature and the Whelen Modified Tour 125-lapper.

While he did take the win in the Sunoco Mod feature, he never got near the front in the Tour race, ultimately finishing a disappointing 14th.

“We were trying to tighten it up all day, and finally got it to the point where we were loose and tight, had everything else going on,” Preece told Short Track Scene on the Thompson 125. Wish you could hit the reset button.”

The chassis Preece brought was brand-new, and he was caught by surprise with how it acted once he turned onto the track.

“[The chassis] is like the one I ran at New Smyrna,” Preece said, “It has a lot of promise, but today was the first time we hit the track with it. When you don’t run the Tour all year, things change… I figured I was gonna be tight and showed up, and I was fighting loose, and I wasn’t prepared to be changing anything for that.”

It was fun for Preece to get back into his SK modified and back into victory lane, however.

“I though we fired off way too loose,” Preece said of the feature. “I was like ‘man, this isn’t good’. As we got going, everyone else got loose too, and I just found the bottom and started running it and keeping the car rolling through the corner.

“Luckily it was a 30-lapper and not 25 laps and I was able to get by Max [McLaughlin], so it was a good day there.”

Preece will be back in a modified when the both the Whelen Modified Tour and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Loudon in July.

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Paul Lambert is an aspiring collegiate journalist. A writer and broadcaster, Paul's excited to cover New England short track racing in 2019. Paul has also been published in Speedway Illustrated and on Autoweek.com.

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