Preece Holds Off Smith to Defend NASCAR Truck Series Win at Nashville

LEBANON, Tenn. – His tires chattering with age over the final few laps, Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT held off charging Zane Smith and Carson Hocevar to win Friday night’s Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Reid Spencer / NASCAR Wire Service  /Catchfence.com

The victory was the second straight for David Gilliland Racing, after Todd Gilliland won last Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt at Knoxville Raceway in the No. 17 Ford, the same number Preece drove on Friday.

The win was an encore performance for Preece, who scored his first Truck Series victory in last year’s Nashville race. A part-time utility player in the Ford camp this season, Preece triumphed for the second time in his eighth career start.

In addition to the traditional guitar trophy, Preece also earned a $50,000 bonus for winning the second event in the NCWTS Triple Truck Challenge.

“We got a second guitar—I may have to start a band!” Preece exulted after climbing from his truck. “These guys (in the shop) work their tails off, and I know what it takes to win races. They give me phenomenal race cars. I’m just proud to be the one holding the steering wheel.”

Preece took control of the race in the second stage, passing Smith for the lead on Lap 74. After winning the stage, which ended on Lap 95, Preece forged a comfortable lead before the trucks of Grant Enfinger, Corey Heim, Matt DiBenedetto and Ty Majeski hurtled into Turn 3 four-wide.

Contact between Heim and DiBenedetto ignited a bone-jarring wreck that ended the race for Enfinger, Heim and DiBenedetto. Majeski escaped without damage and rallied to finish fourth behind Preece, Smith and Hocevar.

“It was the end of the race, and everybody went crazy, just like always in these truck races,” Enfinger said.

Ryan Preece, driver of the #17 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 24, 2022 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Ryan Preece, driver of the #17 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 24, 2022 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Preece got the jump on the subsequent restart on Lap 135 of 150, but the green-flag action was short-lived. Moments after the restart, contact from Max Gutierrez’s Chevrolet sent Hailie Deegan’s Ford sliding into the outside wall. 

On the restart with 10 laps left, Preece once again forged ahead, but both Smith and Hocevar closed dramatically with three laps left, forcing Preece to play defense.

“It was a little closer than I wanted it to be,” Preece said. “Just old tires, the heat cycles. They were chattering. I had clean air, and I put as much dirty air on him (Smith) as possible. I wasn’t going to give it up.”

Stewart Friesen finished fifth, followed by Christian Eckes, Tyler Ankrum, Gutierrez, Johns Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton.

Smith took the series lead by 21 points over Nemechek.

2022 NCWTS Rackley Roofing 200 Unofficial Race Results

Fin Str Trk Driver Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Led Laps Led Playoff Pts
1 1 17 Ryan Preece Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 150 2 1 59 Running 2 74 6
2 2 38 Zane Smith Speedco/Luber Finer Ford 150 1 2 54 Running 3 70 1
3 3 42 Carson Hocevar Worldwide Express Chevrolet 150 6 39 Running
4 12 66 Ty Majeski American Racing Wheels Toyota 150 8 8 39 Running 1 4
5 9 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar International Toyota 150 4 5 45 Running
6 13 98 Christian Eckes CMR Construction & Roofing Toyota 150 10 4 39 Running
7 16 16 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Toyota 150 30 Running
8 36 22 Max Gutierrez Inspectra Thermal Solutions Chevrolet 150 29 Running
9 11 4 John Hunter Nemechek Mobil 1 Toyota 150 28 Running
10 18 88 Matt Crafton Great Lakes Flooring/Menards Toyota 150 27 Running
11 5 19 Derek Kraus Hunter Nation Chevrolet 150 7 6 35 Running
12 15 99 Ben Rhodes Tenda Toyota 150 7 29 Running
13 19 61 Chase Purdy Bama Buggies Toyota 150 24 Running
14 24 40 Dean Thompson # Worldwide Express Chevrolet 150 23 Running
15 6 18 Chandler Smith Safelite AutoGlass Toyota 150 5 28 Running
16 32 91 Colby Howard Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet 150 21 Running
17 20 44 Kris Wright Big Dog Energy Chevrolet 150 20 Running
18 21 9 Blaine Perkins # RACELINE Chevrolet 150 19 Running
19 17 2 Jesse Little Catchin’ Deers Chevrolet 150 18 Running
20 23 75 Parker Kligerman Food Country USA Toyota 150 17 Running 1 2
21 29 47 Kaden Honeycutt Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota 150 16 Running
22 25 20 Stefan Parsons RANDCO Chevrolet 150 15 Running
23 26 56 Timmy Hill Coble Enterprises Toyota 150 14 Running
24 30 45 Lawless Alan # AUTODockit Chevrolet 150 13 Running
25 27 12 Spencer Boyd Rimtyme Chevrolet 150 12 Running
26 33 43 Nick Leitz Precision Measurements Inc Chevrolet 150 11 Running
27 31 62 Todd Bodine Camping World Toyota 148 9 12 Running
28 14 1 Hailie Deegan Wastequip Ford 144 9 Running
29 34 33 Chris Hacker Morgan & Morgan Toyota 144 8 Running
30 22 15 Tanner Gray Ford Performance Ford 143 7 Running
31 8 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley Roofing/WAR Shocks Chevrolet 132 9 8 Accident
32 7 23 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet 126 10 6 Accident
33 4 51 Corey Heim # JBL Toyota 126 3 3 20 Accident
34 28 30 Camden Murphy ROWDY Energy Toyota 20 3 Accident
35 10 24 Jack Wood # Chevyliners.com Chevrolet 6 2 Accident
36 35 46 Chase Janes Waste Connection Services Toyota 1 1 Rear Gear

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
* Must Qualify on Time
# Denotes Rookie

POST RACE TID-BITS:

  • Average Speed of Race Winner: 102.717 mph.
  • Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 56 Mins, 32 Secs.
  • Margin of Victory: 0.507 Seconds.
  • Caution Flags: 8 for 43 laps.
  • Lead Changes: 7 among 4 drivers.
  • Lap Leaders: Z. Smith 1-49;T. Majeski 50-53;Z. Smith 54-73;R. Preece 74-98;Z. Smith 99;P. Kligerman 100-101;R. Preece 102-150.
  • Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Ryan Preece 2 times for 74 laps; Zane Smith 3 times for 70 laps; Ty Majeski 1 time for 4 laps; Parker Kligerman 1 time for 2 laps.
  • Stage #1 Top Ten: 38,17,51,52,18,42,19,66,25,98
  • Stage #2 Top Ten: 17,38,51,98,52,19,99,66,62,23

Source: Reid Spencer / NASCAR Wire Series

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