Ryan Preece just wants to win.
In fact, that’s the reason he flew all the way back to Connecticut from Texas Motor Speedway to compete in the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday. Even though the 2013 NASCAR Modified Tour champion is focused on building JD Motorsports into a playoff contender in the Xfinity Series, he believes winning races at any level is still the key to progressing up the ladder.
He finished second on Sunday just behind Timmy Solomito, driving the Flamingo Motorsports No. 16 he once took to a championship. Preece led the most laps but just got beat a few laps after the penultimate restart with 48 laps to go.
“I got the lead off that one restart but we were just over-rotating the center,” Preece told Short Track Scene after the race on Sunday. “We just had too much stagger. It just got to be a handful after a couple of laps into a run. It was unfortunate because we were fast but that’s racing.”
Even though his primary focus this season is the Xfinity effort with JD Motorsports, Preece said he expects to return home to race in a Modifed as much as his schedule allows — both on the Tour and in local SK competition.
He hopes winning races keeps his name in the spotlight and ultimately brings more attention to his Xfinity efforts. But again, more important than anything else is the fact that Preece just wants to win races and this is best shot to do it at the moment.
“I feel it’s very important to come back here to race,” Preece said. “I’ve always been someone who focuses on doing as much racing as possible. Even though I’m having a blast racing in the Xfinity Series, I don’t feel like I’ve made it yet.
“I still feel like I’ve got a lot to prove to everyone. I want to show that I have what it takes, no matter what car I’m driving and we came up one position short today.”