Last season, Ryan Preece was running part-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series, still running the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour trying to make a name for himself. This season, he found himself running the ‘Great American Race’.
As the green flag was flown to start the 61st running of the Daytona 500, Ryan Preece was making his debut for JTG Daugherty Racing in the No. 47 car for his rookie campaign. Sunday’s race was anything but a stroll in the park for Preece however.
Preece found himself running up front throughout the race and showed that JTG Daugherty Racing was a force to be reckoned with. Preece found himself avoiding multiple wrecks in what can only be described as something out of the film ‘Days of Thunder’. Preece somehow managed to not have any damage and was in a spot to challenge for the win with two laps to go.
Preece’s memorable first Daytona 500 was topped off with a top-10 finish (8th). Before Sunday, Preece had never finished higher than 32nd at Loudon in 2015.
Preece will be back on track Sunday February 24th at 2PM for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.