Ryan Preece
30-Year-Old Driver  
JTG/Daugherty Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The second full season of Cup Series racing saw Preece go sideways in terms of performance. The driver of the No. 37 Chevrolet posted two Top-10 finishes and saw his average finish grow from 23.1 to 24.3 over his 2019 campaign. It all added up to a 29th-place finish in the final driver standings, and somewhat of a disappointment over expectations. The 30-year-old driver has had tons of success in the lower divisions of racing, especially on dirt, but it has failed to translate to NASCAR's top division so far. Preece will return to this well-sponsored race team, and continue his pairing with crew chief Trent Owens. The short tracks seem to be in pretty good shape, but if Preece hopes to make any headway he has to improve his large and intermediate oval performance in 2021. A lot of things will have to come together if Preece is to improve and not stall once again. Read Past Outlooks
Top-10 Finish at Daytona Road Course
NASCAR Cup
February 22, 2021
Preece has opened the season strong with his second-straight Top 10 of the season in Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course.
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Preece followed his outstanding sixth-place Daytona 500 finish with another great effort on the Daytona road circuit Sunday afternoon. The driver of the No. 37 Chevrolet started up front and raced there a majority of the afternoon in this 70-lap battle. Preece would muscle his way to the front during stage 3 and collect his second Top 10 of the young season with a solid ninth-place finish. He sits seventh overall in the points heading to Homestead this week.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Preece comes back for season two at JTG Daugherty Racing. This year he will pilot the team's No. 37 Chevrolet entry after the departure of Chris Buescher. Preece's rookie campaign held a modicum of success. He grabbed one Top-5 and three Top-10 finishes last year in the team's No. 47 Chevrolet. The larger ovals and superspeedways were really this driver and team's sweet spot and where Preece posted his best finishes. That should be the case again in 2020. He was slowed by 6 DNF's last season, and he'll need to lower that mark if he hopes to improve and climb the driver standings. Trent Owens will call the shots from atop Preece's war wagon. Owens guided Buescher to a 20th-place points finish last year, so there's good reason to hope Preece will improve under his guidance. There's good upside with this young driver and potential to climb higher in these rankings by season's end.
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.
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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Races into Daytona 500
NASCAR Cup
February 11, 2021
Preece finished fifth in the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday night.
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Returning to JTG Daugherty Racing
NASCAR Cup
November 19, 2020
In an interview on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Wednesday afternoon, Preece confirmed that he will return to JTG Daugherty Racing in 2021.
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Pole Position for Pocono 350
NASCAR Cup
June 27, 2020
Preece will start from the pole for the Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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Fails inspection, starting in rear
NASCAR Cup
May 31, 2020
Preece failed tech inspection twice and will start in the rear of the field for Sunday's Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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Awarded Toyota 500k Pole
NASCAR Cup
May 18, 2020
Preece was awarded the pole for Wednesday evening's Toyota 500k at Darlington Raceway.
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