Ryan Preece Racing with JD Motorsports Full-Time in 2016by Kyle Pokrefky January 25, 2016 0 comments
2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece has received a full-time shot at a national series ride as he’ll race full-time for JD Motorsports in the XFINITY Series in 2016.
Preece, 25, will race in the team’s No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro and will join Ross Chastain as the team’s second full-time driver.
Preece’s name has been synonymous with NASCAR’s modified divisions in recent years with the Berlin, Conn. native finishing second or better in the Whelen Modified Tour’s driver standings each year since 2012.
“It’s a great opportunity to run with Johnny Davis Motorsports,” Preece said. “I’ve been bouncing around between Sprint Cup and Xfinity, and it’s good to have a chance to run Xfinity full-time. It’s a lot of good seat time.”
The 15-time race winner in the Whelen Modified Tour’s ranks is no stranger to the XFINITY Series, having made three starts in the series across 2013 and 2014 – all with Tommy Baldwin Racing.
In his three starts, Preece holds a best race finish of 14th at his home track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in 2014.
Joining Chastain and Preece at Daytona International Speedway for next month will be Eric McClure, who will pilot the team’s No. 0 entry.
McClure, however, has not signed for a full season with JD Motorsports.
When speaking on how his team is shaping up for the upcoming season, team owner Johnny Davis said that he is expecting to build off of last year’s successes with his new lineup.
“Everything is lining up well,” Davis stated. “We expect to have three strong teams when we get things started next month in Daytona.
“We should be astronomically better than last year. We’re better prepared, and we have more resources.”
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