EPPING, NH- (June 17)- It appeared that Ryan Preece’s hopes of winning the Modified Maniac Triple Crown Series were dashed when he pulled out of Saturday’s Exeter Decorating SBM 125 Modified Open at Star Speedway on Saturday night with an overheating engine. But his team quickly found that a blown fan fuse was the culprit, and a timely caution on the next restart allowed Preece to return to the race, still on the lead lap with a new right rear tire on his car.
Changing a tire on that lap 42 caution helped Preece get back to the front of the field, and he was able to earn a second place finish in the family owned car to put him seven positions ahead of his nearest challenger with the final race to be run at Riverhead, N.Y., on July 28.
“That race was a lot of fun,” Preece commented. “I hope everybody had fun watching because there were a lot of cars that had to come from the back at some point.
“I wish the tour would go there. It’s unbelievable. That one tire on the right rear made such a big difference.”
Doug Coby, Mike Stefanik and Todd Szegedy remained in contention for the $1,500 Modified Maniac Tri-Track bonus, created through donations from Long Island race fan Jim Schaefer, car owner Eric Sanderson, fan Bruce Batcha and Star Speedway. The standings are based on finishing positions at Monadnock, Star and Riverhead. The finishing position in each race determines the standings.
With finishes of first and second, Preece has three points. Following him are Doug Coby with 10, Mike Stefanik with 11, and Todd Szegedy with 13. As a result, a finish of seventh or better at Riverhead guarantees Preece the triple crown bonus.