Story By: SMART MODIFIED TOUR – SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Ryan Preece held off Chuck Hossfeld and Burt Myers in a seven-lap dash to the finish to win Saturday’s 99-lap SMART Modified Tour race at South Boston Speedway.
The race was one of the headline events of Saturday’s Pocono Organics’ CBD Day At The Races at South Boston Speedway.
Preece, from Berlin Connecticut, got the advantage on the last restart and pulled away from his challengers, crossing the finish line .473 second ahead of Hossfeld to earn his second Modified win of the season in his fifth start. The win was Preece’s second Modified victory at South Boston Speedway. His previous win at South Boston Speedway came in 2015.
“We had a really good racecar,” Preece pointed out. “This is probably the best this car has ever been. It wasn’t easy. The 17 (Hossfeld) was real fast.
Burt was real fast. There were a lot of cars that I ended up having to race throughout the race. We made the right adjustments on the pit stop. We were able to get the lead and control it from there out.”
Burt Myers finished third, Dennis Holdren of Roanoke, Virginia finished fourth and Jason Myers of Walnut Cove, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers. Zach Brewer, Jimmy Wallace, J.R. Bertuccio, James Civali and John Smith rounded out the Top 10.
Preece who drives the No. 37 JTG-Daugherty entry in the NASCAR Cup Series, led all but eight laps of the 99-lap race that was slowed by nine caution flags and one red flag. He led the first 49 laps, passed Hossfeld for the top spot on lap 58, and led the rest of the race.
NASCAR Hall Of Famer Bobby Labonte finished 17th in the 23-car field after being sidelined in one of the many mishaps in the race.
UPDATE: SMART Modified Tour driver Tim Bown was injured in an incident that occurred near the mid-point of the race. During an incident in today’s SMART Modified Tour event.
Brown had to be extricated from his vehicle. He was alert at the time and treated at a local hospital – he remains alert, in good condition and all injuries are non-life-threatening, He was released from the hospital and is now home.