STAFFORD, Conn. — By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR — Darren McCollester/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Ryan Preece broke through Sunday after a season-long absence from Victory Lane, and collected his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory by holding off Ted Christopher at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Preece, the defending tour champion, had to weather a final challenge by Christopher after a late caution set up a final restart with two laps remaining. Christopher had an early advantage but Preece was able to power back by for the victory. Preece led a race-high 79 laps in recording his first win since Sept. 14 last year at New York’s Riverhead Raceway.
Christopher settled for second. Earlier in the day, Christopher collected his 13th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship in Stafford’s SK Modified Division in a race also won by Preece.
Ron Silk rallied back to finish third, followed by rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. and Patrick Emerling.
Woody Pitkat was sixth and Eric Goodale seventh.
Championship points leader Doug Coby finished eighth and took advantage of second straight rough outing by Justin Bonsignore (21st) to extend his points lead. Coby leads Christopher, who moved into second, by 28 points and Bonsignore by 39 heading into the season finale.
Donny Lia and Rowan Pennink rounded out the top 10. Bobby Santos, who won the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday, finished 12th.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will conclude the season on Sunday, Oct. 19, with the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.