Preece Takes Rain Shortened Bristol Win;
Dowling Impresses Again With Top 10 At Bristol
A NASCAR Hometracks Press Release w/ Dowling Motorsports addition
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ryan Preece positioned himself in the right place at the right time, and took home the Bush’s Beans 150 trophy Wednesday in the annual combination race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.
On a night that saw rain pause, and ultimately shorten the Bush’s Beans 150, Preece grabbed the lead on Lap 75 just before the midway break and held the position during a subsequent caution on Lap 96. As rain and severe thunderstorms loomed during track clean-up, NASCAR officials threw the yellow-checkered flag on Lap 103, sending Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet to Victory Lane.
Promptly, during those Victory Lane ceremonies, the deluge ensued.
It marked Preece’s 15th career Whelen Modified Tour victory, and first at the famed .533-mile Tennessee oval. The Berlin, Connecticut, native’s fourth win of the campaign also moved him back into the lead in the season standings.
Coors Light Pole Award winner Woody Pitkat – who entered the day one championship point ahead of Preece – finished second after leading the majority of the first half of the race and Donny Lia joined him on the podium in third. Ryan Newman and Bobby Santos brought home the top five.
Andy Seuss, Jeff Goodale, Chase Dowling, Timmy Solomito and Patrick Emerling completed the top 10.
Seuss was the highest-finishing Whelen Southern Modified Tour entry, and received credit for a victory for that tour.
The Bush’s Beans 150 originally went green as scheduled just after 6 p.m., but Lap 2 accident that took out three potential checkered flag contenders in Justin Bonsignore, Doug Coby and Todd Szegedy proved to be the first hurdle of the evening. While under caution for clean-up, rain arrived, which forced the resumption of the Bush’s Beans 150 to after the conclusion of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
The Whelen Modifieds returned to green flag action nearly five hours later just after 11 p.m.
The Bush’s Beans 150 will air on NBCSN on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. ET.
The Whelen Modified Tour will return to action on Aug. 29 at New York’s Riverhead Raceway while the Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s schedule will resume on Sept. 5 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.
2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year candidate, Chase Dowling, brought his #9 Dunleavy's Truck and Trailer Service/JT Motorsports Chevrolet to home to an impressive 7th place finish at the World's Fastest Half-Mile, the historic Bristol Motor Speedway.
Dowling leads the NWMT Rookie of the Year title quest. Chase has also cracked the top 10 in season standings now sitting 10th in the NWMT Season Championship standings.