SOPHIA, N.C. – Ryan Preece saw an opportunity he simply couldn't pass up.
Preece, of Berlin, Conn., was in the right spot when the leaders wrecked ahead of him with four laps remaining Saturday night at Caraway Speedway, inheriting the lead he would not relinquish on the ensuing restart to win the 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG. Preece held off Chuck Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman to win the 125-lap Tour-Type Modified feature event.
Preece was making his debut in the No. 7ny owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and previously piloted by Ryan Newman to wins at Bristol Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
“I'm still in shock right now,” Preece said. “I don't even know what to say. That was just the most up-and-down race. I can't thank my Dad enough, 'Bono,' and everybody who gave me this opportunity. Holy crap!”