NASCAR Xfinity: Ryan Preece leaves JD Motorsports
By AMANDA VINCENT
Ryan Preece recently left his NASCAR Xfinity Series ride at JD Motorsports, saying that he wants to drive for a team with which he can win races.
“I feel like I may need to take a step back and look at what the future can hold for me,” Preece said, according to an Autoweek.com article
. “I could have run another year with Johnny (Davis, owner of JD Motorsports), but I feel like that wasn’t the best situation for me to be in long-term. Johnny is a great guy, stand-up and honest, so I don’t want this to come across the wrong way. I don’t regret racing with these guys, at all, but after Homestead, I took a couple of weeks to see where I was in my career and decided that I just needed to be some place where I could win.”
The 2016 season was Preece’s first full-time season of competition in any of NASCAR’s national series. In 33 Xfinity races in 2016, driving the No. 01 JD Motorsports Chevrolet, he posted one top-10 finish — a 10th-place at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. He finished the year 17th in the championship points standings.
“I’m not content to just be in the show,” Preece said. “I know some people might take this the wrong way, and I hope they don’t. But I know in my heart that I’m ready to win races. This year was phenomenal, as far as seat time was concerned. We had some great runs and proved a lot of things to myself and everyone watching.”
Prior to trying his hand on NASCAR’s national stage, Preece won the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour championship. He has 15-career wins in that series. He plans to return to the Modified Tour in 2017 to drive for Ed Partridge while hoping to pick up races here and there in other series, including the Xfinity Series.