Stafford Springs, CT — When the Modified Racing Series makes its debut appearance at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sept. 10 for the Shark Cycle 100, there will be a car very familiar to Stafford fans of yesteryear attempting to make the starting lineup. Returning to Stafford will be the red #2x Bob Judkins owned machine, driven by his grandson Ryan Preece. Preece has run the 2x previously at New Smyrna Speedway, but this will mark the first race in the North for the driver/car combination. The 2x has seen some of modified racing’s best drivers behind the wheel throughout the years including Rene Charland, Ron Bouchard, Geoff and Brett Bodine, and Jerry Marquis.
“That number has been in my family for a long ti me and it would be really nice to have the car going good at Stafford,” said Preece. “I ran the 2x at New Smyrna and won with it down there, but this will be the first time running the car up north. I’m sure that a lot of fans from way back when will be at Stafford for the race and I’m sure those fans will like seeing the 2x on the track. It would be very special to me if we were able win the race, I’m definitely looking forward to it and hopefully we can have a good run.”
Among the expected 40 entrants for the Inaugural Shark Cycle 100, Preece can count himself among the experienced drivers at Stafford with 1 victory and 2 poles in Whelen Modified Tour competition over the past four seasons. Preece has also made 10 starts thusfar in the SK Modified® division at Stafford and he has come tantalizingly close to victory lane.
“I think that the guys who have experience will usually prevail,” said Preece. “I think the last race at Thompson showed that the Modified Tour guys had an advantage, but there are some good drivers on the MRS and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are 8-10 cars that will be racing for the win at Stafford.”
In 10 SK Modified® starts this season at Stafford, Preece has recorded 6 top-5 finishes, including a second and three third place finishes in his last four starts. Preece will be pulling double duty the night of the Shark Cycle 100, and he thinks that he and the #40 Mike Paquette/Bob Hitchcock team will reach victory lane before the end of this season.
“I think we’re right around the corner with the SK car for a win,” said Preece. “I’ll be in the SK for the rest of the year at Stafford and I think we’ll definitely win a race by the end of the season. I have great car owners and I have a great team behind me, I’m having a blast driving the car.”
Tickets for the Inaugural Shark Cycle Modified Racing Series 100 event at Stafford Motor Speedway are on sale now and are priced at $20.00 for Adult General Admission, $5.00 for Children Ages 6-14 General Admission, $23.00 for Reserved Seating, and $35.00 for Pit Passes. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or by logging onto the Online Ticket Sales section of www.staffordspeedway.com.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR