On April 24, stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series including Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth will join a talented group of short track racing stars for the 5th Annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway (VA). 

One driver from the Northeast region is hoping to land himself a ride for the event, but he doesn’t compete regularly in a Late Model –type of car.  That driver is Berlin, Connecticut’s Ryan Preece, the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion.

Preece has received his invite to the event from the Denny Hamlin Foundation and is working to put together a deal that would give him a shot at competing for a win.

“I’m working on trying to put something together for the Denny Hamlin Showdown,” Preece told Speed51.com when asked if he had any intentions of running a Late Model in 2014. “It depends which team it is.  Right now I’m in contact with a really good team, but it all depends on if it’s within my capabilities of doing.”

At this time, the biggest obstacle for Preece is the money needed to put together a car and team to compete in the event.  He’s hoping to find sponsors that are willing to support him in the event that will benefit a great cause.

“We’re looking for sponsors right now,” Preece said.  “It’d be awesome to race with those guys to benefit such a good cause.  Us Modified guys, Keith (Rocco) and I, are always invited to run it, but we never have the style of car needed to compete.”

Preece welcomes anyone interested in supporting him in this event to contact him by email at troyer40@gmail.com.

More information on the Denny Hamlin Foundation and 2014 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown can be found by visiting www.dennyhamlinfoundation.org.

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