Modified Ace Preece Gets NEMA Ride

Brockton, MA – Ryan Preece, Stafford Motor Speedway’s defending SK-Modified champion and present point leader, will be driving the Cantor #7NY in the Northeastern Midget Association portion of Stafford Motor Speedway’s Carquest Super Saturday event.

Preece, 21, “shook down” the Cantor car last Thursday at Waterford. “It went pretty well and on Sunday they offered me the ride for Stafford,” he said. “Obviously, I’m looking forward to it.”

Cantor Racing is aiming at a two-car effort at Stafford. The team hopes to have a new car ready for regular driver Adam Cantor.

Preece is not exactly a stranger to NEMA. Back in 2007 he had a couple top five finishes driving for Bertrand Motorsports and the next year had a strong third at Monadnock for Bob Santos. “I’ve always wanted to get back in a Midget,” he says. “You really have to be up the wheel in those things.”

The grandson of Hall of Fame car owner Bob Judkins, Preece believes the Stafford experience (nine career checkereds including a NASCAR Modified Tour win) “will help somewhat” in a Midget. “Most of the NEMA drivers have been at Stafford before,” he says. “One thing I do know, I have a good car.”

Preece will be part of a strong field led by current point leader John Zych Jr., three-time and defending champion Randy Cabral and six-time champ Russ Stoehr, last year’s Stafford winner. Cabral was the 2010 winner. Other contenders include Russ Stoehr, Jim Miller, Mike Horn and Paul Scally.

Nocella Ready For Stafford Debut

Brockton, MA – Anthony Nocella will be making his Stafford Motor Speedway debut driving the Seymour #4 in the Northeastern Midget Association 30 lapper at the half-mile’s Carquest Super Saturday this weekend.

One of NEMA’s brightest youth stars, Nocella will drive the same he won with at Seekonk’s Speedway DAV event last fall. Nocella, the leading winner in the Lites Division, drove several NAMA events in 2012. This, however, will be his first Stafford ride. 

Sources: Pete Zanardi/NEMA PR

June 2012
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