Ryan Preece
JTG/Daugherty Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Preece takes over for the long-time veteran A.J. Allmendinger in the JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 Chevrolet this season. The 28-year-old Rookie of the Year candidate has spent the last few seasons racing part-time in the Xfinity Series. He posted his best campaign yet in 2018 with one victory and 10 Top-10 finishes in just 15 starts for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 18 Toyota. Preece really carved out his reputation in his teens and early 20s racing well in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series. He grabbed 22 victories there and a championship in 2013 as well as four other occasions where he finished runner-up in the points. Preece has an appealing age and maturity that most teams are looking for in a driver, but he lacks the crucial experience racing in Cup cars that would make this transition easier. It's going to be an uphill and learning season for Preece in the No. 47 machine. Read Past Outlooks
Third at Talladega
April 29, 2019
Preece finished third in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday afternoon.
Preece was the ultimate opportunist of the day at Talladega Superspeedway. The JTG Daugherty Racing rookie started 30th on the grid, and battled mostly outside the Top 20 much of the day. He would avoid the three multi-car crashes of the afternoon, and work his way to the front late in the race. During the final 4-lap battle to the finish, he would push his Chevrolet teammates to the win and runner-up finish on the last lap. Preece would be rewarded with his first-career Top-5 finish and second Top-10 finish of the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The No. 18 JGR Toyota team retains the top of the Xfinity Series rankings again this season. Even though Busch will have his slate reigned back to just seven starts. He should be good for three or four wins in those efforts. Youngster Preece will be in the driver's seat for at least 10 events. He nabbed one win and four Top-5 finishes in a very limited schedule for JGR last year. The remaining starts will be divided up by Gibbs' strong Cup driver lineup. The talent and team will again be the class of the Xfinity Series in 2018. It would not be surprising at all to see this team break into the six-or-seven-win range with about 25 or more Top-10 finishes. Despite the rotating driver lineup, this is about as good as it gets in this division of NASCAR.
Signed with JD Motorsports in February 2016 to race the full Xfinity Series season and contend for Rookie of the Year honors.
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Backup Car at Bristol
April 6, 2019
Preece suffered too much damage from a blown tire in Happy Hour practice at Bristol Motor Speedway, and will have to go to his backup car for Sunday's Food City 500.
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Eighth-Place in First Daytona 500
February 18, 2019
Preece finished eighth in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Sponsorship Announced
January 5, 2019
Major NASCAR sponsor Kroger is shifting its marketing focus this year with the JTG Daugherty Racing team to a "Delivery, Pickup, Ship" campaign to align with its three different e-commerce initiatives. The "Delivery, Pickup, Ship" theme will mainly appear on the car and firesuits/crew uniforms related to the team's No. 47 car driven by Preece, Sports Business Daily reports.
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To Race for JTG Daugherty in 2019
September 28, 2018
JTG Daugherty Racing announced a new driver to their two-car lineup, signing 27-year-old Preece in a multi-year contract. Preece will join JTG Daugherty Racing for his first full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season starting in the 2019 DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway driving the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, JTG Daugherty Racing PR reports.
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Third at New Hampshire
July 21, 2018
Preece finished third in the Lakes Region 200 Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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