Ryan Preece, Berlin, Connecticut native, will return to Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in 2018 and drive a partial schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Camry, with Eric Phillips serving as crew chief. Preece competed in four races for JGR during the 2017 season, earning a top-five finish in each, including his first-career win at Iowa Speedway.
The 26-year-old most recently returned to his roots in the Northeast, competing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) where he previously enjoyed a lot of success. He finished the 2017 season sixth in the points standings after missing two races, but helped team owners Ed and Connie Partridge secure the 2017 NWMT Owner’s Championship. Preece is a very accomplished short-track racer with 20 NWMT victories, 70 top-five and 96 top-10 finishes, and was crowned the 2013 season champion. In addition to the NWMT, he has three wins in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT).
Preece started his racing career in Quarter Midgets in 1998 eventually working his way into modifieds. In 2008 he captured his first-career win in the NWMT and won the championship in 2013. He made his debut in the NXS in 2013 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and has run 40 races since his debut earning his first-career win in the series in 2017 at Iowa Speedway. In 2015, Preece made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.