Newman, Preece prepare for Modifieds return at Martinsville

Next month, NASCAR Customized racing will be back at one of its spiritual houses.

The flat half-mile at Martinsville Speedway hosts a 200-lapper April 8 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Trip. It raises the drape on a weekend that likewise consists of the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series.

Cup regulars Ryan Newman and Ryan Preece will complete because NWMT race, the very first at Martinsville because 2010. Both were at the track Wednesday for screening in their particular devices.

Newman made 27 NWMT begins with 2008-19, however just completed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. He has 4 profession NWMT wins, 2 each at each track.

“If you look at the big picture of it, the modified is just an amazing race car,” Newman stated in a Wednesday media teleconference. “If you, as an engineer, had to draw up a car to design to make it go fast, turn left and accelerate, you’d draw a Whelen Modified … Whenever I can fit it into my schedule and it makes sense geographically and time-wise, obviously, I do it.”

With that in mind, Newman discussed strategies to run extra Customized races this season, particularly at New Hampshire and Richmond Raceway.

“It’s just fun racing against these guys,” he stated. “They do it for a living. We’re all hobby racing, but they do it for a living. They’re the best and it’s fun to come out and race against them.”

When It Comes To Preece, Customized racing remains in his blood. The 2013 NWMT champ has 22 profession wins in the series. His very first came at Martinsville in 2008 after the initial winner, Burt Myers, was disqualified a couple of days after the race; Preece found out the choice in a telephone call.

Preece talked Wednesday about how fortunate he was to be able to move in between the Cup and Customized worlds.

“As a racer, your ultimate goal is to get to NASCAR’s Cup Series,” Preece stated. “That’s where it is. That’s where you want to be. But at the same time, I know where my roots are. I know where I’ve cut my teeth. I know where I’ve put many hours in the race shop to go and win races. And I enjoy racing these race cars and I know quite a bit about them and they’re a lot of fun to race.

“… I’m definitely pretty blessed to be able to have owners like Tad and Jodi (Geschickter) that allow me to come do things like this and do these races, and it’s a lot of fun. The best thing for a race car driver is to be in the seat all the time.”

For the Martinsville Modified race, Newman will run the No. 77 entry owned by Gary Putnam. Preece will run the No. 6 entry owned by Ed and Connie Partridge.

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