NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Recap by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Jason Christley/NASCAR photo —
After a dismal start to the week, Ryan Preece has put the gremlins out of his mind — and the Berlin, Connecticut young gun proved it by winning his second straight Tour-type modified feature during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway on Monday night.
Preece found himself out front almost right from the get go and drove away from the rest of his challengers.
“It didn’t take long, apparently,” said Preece of the 16-minute feature that went caution free. “The car was really good and stayed pretty consistent throughout the run, and I’m really happy with it. We have a car that can win in the next two nights, too.”
“We tried something tonight as far as forward drive to keep it in it for longer,” Preece said. “And it seemed like it helped it, so I think we have a good game plan and we’ll see if we can execute it.”
Justin Bonsignore and Preece brought the 15 car field to green after an invert decided the starting lineup. Preece wasted no time from the outside, rocketing on by Bonsignore on lap two and absolutely driving into the nighttime.
Once Preece started the drive away from the field, the battle for second between Bonsignore and Chuck Hossfeld got heated. The two drivers battled hard, but both continued to lose ground to the leader while they scrambled for position.
Preece caught the back of the field in the late laps, but was able to easily get around the lapped traffic and cross the line first. Bonsignore settled in behind for second, with Hossfeld third.
“We’ve got some homework to do,” said Bonsignore. “We’ve been trying a lot of different things all week and this is the best we’ve got it. He’s still in a league of his own, but we’re finally getting in a step in the right direction.”
Bonsignore was a two-time winner at the World Series in 2014, including the prestigious modified finale, the Richie Evans Memorial 100.
“We had a little bit of an advantage last year, but everybody seems to have caught on,” Bonsginore said.
JR Bertuccio and Jimmy Zacharias rounded out the front five. Kevin and Eric Goodale, Spencer Davis, Cole Powell and Al Ermmarino capped off the top ten at the finish.
The race was the third in which Preece had crossed the finish line first at the 2015 World Series, but he was disqualified in the initial race on Friday night after coming up too light in post-race technical inspection.
Travis Eddy won the 35-lap Florida Modified feature. Kevyn Terry finished second and Tim Moore rounded out the podium.
Racing at New Smyrna continues Wednesday night with a 35-lap Super Late Model feature — the track’s Division I in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The American-Canadian Tour will also host the 100-lap finale for their American Racer Challenge Cup.
The Tour-type Modifieds will return to action and conclude their week on Thursday and Friday with two extra-distance races — the John Blewett III Memorial 76 (Thursday) and the Richie Evans Memorial 100 (Friday).
RESULTS: World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing; New Smyrna Speedway; Tour-type Modifieds; Feb. 16, 2015
- Ryan Preece
- Justin Bonsignore
- Chuck Hossfeld
- J.R. Bertuccio
- Jimmy Zacharias
- Kevin Goodale
- Eric Goodale
- Spencer Davis
- Cole Powell
- Al Ermmarino
- Dylan Kopec
- Danny Watts
- Kirk Totten
- Paul Hartwig, Jr.
- Mike Bologna