Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will be absent from Thompson’s championship banquet Saturday, but he has a great reason. Preece will be driving the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The NASCAR Next driver will be in his third NASCAR Nationwide Series start for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Preece made his debut last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His second start at New Hampshire last July was his career best finish (fourteenth).
“It felt good,” Preece said. “I’m happy for Albert and Cathy (Moniz, car owners) because of everything they do for me and it feels good to get them another win and another championship because they work so hard and they want it so bad, so I’m really happy for them.”
A transition year for the 74-year-old facility, Thompson added a 1.7 mile road course. A nine date oval schedule was the fewest races since 1965, where track records are incomplete. The season finale World Series held points races for the weekly divisions for the first time in recent memory.