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Ryan Preece at long last lands ride at NASCAR’s top level

September 28, 2018

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Preece will join JTG Daugherty Racing next season as the replacement for AJ Allmendinger.

JTG said Friday it signed Preece to a multi-year contract to drive the No. 47 Chevrolet beginning with next season’s Daytona 500 opening race. Allmendinger has spent the past five seasons with the team with one victory and a spot in the 2014 playoff field.

Preece is an established racer in the Northeast with 22 victories in NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour. He won the series championship in 2013 and was part of NASCAR’s developmental class of future stars in 2013 and 2014.

But it has taken the 27-year-old Connecticut native longer than he expected to get to NASCAR’s top level. He has run nine races this season for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series with one victory.

Chris Buescher will return to JTG next season for a two-car operation that will use engines from Hendrick Motorsports.

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