Ryan Preece Scores Big Victory Saturday in Bristol

It was a wacky and wild day at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday. We saw 13 cautions in total, the most in over a decade. Several big contenders were caught up in incidents at some point along the way.

When it was all said and done, a popular winner was left celebrating in victory lane on the .533-mile concrete oval.

Ryan Preece won Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 in his No. 18 Toyota, marking his second career series victory. The other came at the Iowa Speedway, 20 races ago in July 2017. See, Preece took a chance on himself last year. Instead of racing full-time for underbudget teams, he took his money to Joe Gibbs Racing and raced in select races. He knew that this was his only shot to fully prove his worth. Struggle, and his NASCAR dreams would be dashed. He wouldn’t have many chances. 

He’s proved enough in my mind.

Preece, led 39 laps in total on Saturday en route to JGR’s third straight XFINITY Series win at Bristol and fifth in the last six tries and 12 of 16. It was also a $100k bonus kind of day too because Preece was racing in the Dash 4 Cash.

Justin Allgaier brought his No. 7 Chevrolet home second for his fifth top six finish in his last six starts on the season. Three of those top fives were runner-ups, including all in the last four races. Allgaier, was involved in a crash in the first stage of the race, but he made up for it in a big way.

Daniel Hemric finished third in his No. 21 Chevrolet for his fifth straight top six finish. Elliott Sadler was fourth in his No. 1 Chevrolet for his seventh top 10 result in as many tries in 2018.

Spencer Gallagher rounded out the top five with a season best fifth place run. He’s finished in the top 14 in every race this year.

Due to Preece not being on next weeks entry list, he’s not eligible for the second leg of the Dash 4 Cash. The second through fifth place finishers are.

Brandon Jones nearly had his first career win if not for a pit call in the end that saw him take two tires and the main challengers taking four. He’d finish sixth despite leading a race high 106 of the 300 laps.

Christopher Bell had the best chances of winning if not for being collected in an accident near the midway marker. Bell, won the first stage and was running third when lapped traffic crashed ahead of him.

The series will race under the lights next week at Richmond.

Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 Results

  1. 18 Preece
  2.  7 Allgaier
  3. 21 Hemric
  4.  1 Sadler
  5. 23 Gallagher
  6. 19 Jones
  7.  9 Reddick R
  8. 00 Custer
  9.  4 Chastain
  10. 11 Truex
  11. 36 Labbe R
  12. 22 Cindric R
  13. 42 Nemechek R
  14.  3 Lee R
  15. 38 Sieg
  16. 35 Gase
  17.  0 Smithley
  18. 16 Reed
  19. 15 Nemechek
  20. 78 McLeod
  21.  5 Annett
  22. 90 Williams
  23. 98 Briscoe R
  24. 52 Starr
  25. 76 Boyd
  26.  8 Martins
  27. 66 Hill
  28. 55 Leicht
  29. 20 Bell
  30. 74 Ware
  31. 28 Mrakovich
  32. 45 Bilicki
  33.  0 Miller
  34. 60 Majeski R
  35.  2 Tifft
  36. 40 Finchum
  37. 39 Yeley
  38. 24 Grala R
  39. 93 Green
  40. 51 Clements

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