NASCAR Next driver hoping to get more seat time in XFINITY Series Ryan Preece came up just shy in his pursuit of a second consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship this year, but his strong closing kick may translate to bigger things as he prepares for an offseason of transition. Preece locked down his third runner-up finish in the last six seasons this year, completing a three-year run in team owner Eric Sanderson's No. 16 with back-to-back victories in the tour's final two races of the year. One day after the dust settled on the season, Preece announced he'd join car owner Eddie Partridge's No. 6 team full-time in the northern-based series in 2015 With the track championship from Thompson Speedway in his home state of Connecticut in hand, the NASCAR Next driver extended his hot streak by winning the non-points North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina, making his first start for Partridge. But before he continues his career in the ground-pounders from NASCAR's oldest division, he's still getting his feet wet on the national-series stage. "It was really good," Preece said of his season over the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "To end it with the 16 and then start it with the 6, it started really well. Obviously I hope we carry momentum into next year with the Modified stuff, but this is definitely something different here." Something different came in the form of his third career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in last Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 . Though Preece started 33rd and finished 28th in the scrappy Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 36, he emerged with a lead-lap finish in his first Nationwide start outside of New Hampshire Motor Speedway . The race marked Preece's first start on a track that size, all in a series -- which will be called the XFINITY Series starting in 2015 -- that the 24-year-old driver hopes to spend more time in next year. His Modified schedule is set, but Preece said he has "some other stuff in the works" as his complete plans for 2015 take shape. Until then, he's been reaping the benefits of participating in the NASCAR Next youth initiative for the second straight year. While Preece enjoyed the exposure from championship weekend festivities in the Miami area, he said he's eager to get back on track to keep the good vibes of 2014 going. "They bring me different places, they've put me in front of certain people," Preece said, "and now it's just up to me to get seat time and get out there." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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NASCAR Next driver looking to build off successful 2013 Whelen campaign
Becomes youngest champion in 29-year history of the tour
See the full field for Coors Light Pole Qualifying (Saturday, 1:15 p.m. ET, FS 1) RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Order Car Driver Team 1 12 * Ryan Blaney (i) Discount Tire Ford 2 98 * Corey LaJoie(i) Medallion Financial/Smithfield Ford 3 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # Rockstar/AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet 4 87 Milka Duno CanTV Toyota 5 46 * Ryan Ellis Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 6 01 Landon Cassill Flex Seal Chevrolet 7 52 Joey Gase FindDieselEngines.com Chevrolet 8 17 * Tanner Berryhill # New Gulf Resources Toyota 9 36 * Ryan Preece Accell Construction/East West Marine Chevrolet 10 70 * Derrike Cope Charlie's Soap Chevrolet 11 39 Ryan Sieg # Huntinator Chevrolet 12 7 Regan Smith TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet 13 91 * Jeff Green SupportMilitary.org Toyota 14 72 * John Jackson Crash Claims R Us Chevrolet 15 40 Matt DiBenedetto Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 16 26 * Jake Crum (i) MyFreedomSmokes.com Chevrolet 17 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 18 42 Kyle Larson(i) Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet 19 9 Chase Elliott # NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 20 14 Eric McClure Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap Toyota 21 43 Dakoda Armstrong # WinField Ford 22 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Hertz Ford 23 16 Ryan Reed # ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes/Lilly Diabetes Ford 24 23 Carlos Contreras Circle K Chevrolet 25 10 * Ross Chastain (i) watermelon.org Toyota 26 60 Chris Buescher # Humalog Ford 27 99 James Buescher Rheem Toyota 28 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Chevrolet 29 20 Matt Kenseth(i) GameStop/Rock Candy Toyota 30 28 JJ Yeley Texas 28 Spirits Stage Dodge 31 55 David Starr Niece Equipment Chevrolet 32 2 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Chevrolet 33 5 * Josh Berry Ragu Chevrolet 34 25 * John Wes Townley (i) Zaxby's Toyota 35 54 Kyle Busch(i) Monster Energy Toyota 36 93 TJ Bell(i) Dedicated to Electrical Linemen Dodge 37 51 Jeremy Clements All South Electric/Repairable Vehicles Chevrolet 38 90 * Martin Roy Gamache Truck Center Chevrolet 39 74 * Kevin Lepage MHR Dodge 40 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt GCL/Polyglass Chevrolet 41 3 Ty Dillon # WESCO Chevrolet 42 33 * Scott Lagasse Jr . Alert Today Florida/Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet 43 11 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Toyota 44 44 Blake Koch Celsius Flo Fusion Toyota 45 19 Mike Bliss Tweaker Energy Shot Toyota MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Early in the day, Danica Patrick makes a great save after contact with Casey Mears, and then avoids a spinning Joey Gase. Later, she has a run in with Clint Boywer on pit road.
Roush Fenway Racing teammates finish 1-2 in Alert Today Florida 300 Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live RELATED: Full race results " Series standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With a spectacular last-lap move to the inside, not to mention a timely shove from Roush Fenway Racing teammate Chris Buescher, Ryan Reed stormed to his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in Saturday's Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway. "Oh, my God, we won Daytona!" exulted Reed, who has overcome a diagnosis of Type I diabetes to drive full-time in the XFINITY Series. RELATED: Buescher-Reed push highlights Roush resurgence Buescher finished second, .089 seconds behind, with Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski claiming positions three through five. Keselowski was leading at the white flag, but a last-lap crash in Turn 1 left him alone in front of the field and a prime target for the Roush Fenway tandem. On Lap 112, during a 10-car wreck that started at the exit from the tri-oval, Kyle Busch crashed nose-first into the concrete wall inside Turn 1. Busch climbed from his car but was unable to stay on his feet. Emergency medical technicians put an air cast on Busch's right leg before lifting him on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance. The driver of the No. 54 Toyota was transported directly to Halifax Medical Center for further evaluation. Busch was awake and alert and undergoing treatment for his leg injury. Joe Gibbs Racing said Busch will not drive in Sunday's Daytona 500, and the organization is making contingency plans. Sunday's race will be the first Sprint Cup event since the penultimate event of the 2001 season without one of the Busch brothers (Kurt or Kyle) in the field. In a race where attrition was the watchword, Reed was one of nine drivers to finish on the lead lap. "For every kid that gets diagnosed with diabetes, or anything that says you can’t do something, just go out there and overcome it and do it," Reed said. "This is unreal. It hasn't even sunk in yet. ... "When the wreck broke out of the least lap, Keselowski was out there on an island, and we got a huge run and it set up perfectly. ... It's amazing." After failing to qualify for the Daytona race last year, Buescher was elated with his second-place run, especially since he finished runner-up to a teammate. "We're just happy to be running this race this year," Buescher said. "After last year going the way it did, we're proud that we were in it. Our Ford Mustang was fast all weekend. Just trying to stay out of trouble, and there was a lot of it. "We barely got out of it. I think we ended up, me and Ty, at one point getting through one of those last ones. It was a melee, a lot of torn up equipment. Just happy we could get out of it. Happy for Ryan to get his first win, knowing the feeling after last year (when he got his first win at Mid-Ohio) of finally getting one off your back." Chase Elliott's XFINITY Series title defense got off to a rocky start. Elliott was an innocent victim of a 13-car wreck on Lap 93 but continued after repairs. The coup de grace for the driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevy came on Lap 112, when he was sidelined in the same wreck that injured Busch. The DNF (did not finish) was Elliott’s first in 34 XFINITY Series starts. Darrell Wallace Jr. and Elliott Sadler finished 12th and 19th, respectively, in their first events for Roush Fenway Racing. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Will last season's runner-up find Victory Lane in 2015? RELATED: Full schedule of driver previews Team: Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet Rank in final 2014 standings: Second Wins: 0 Year in photos: Recap Newman's 2014 season Strides: Ryan Newman didn't win a race for the first time in five years but his runner-up finish in the Sprint Cup Series championship was a career highlight. In fact, Newman had fewer top-fives [five] and top-10s  than the previous season yet his consistency and perseverance landed him a shot at the big trophy. He had six top-10s in the 10 Chase races, counting an 18th-place result as his worst finish in that span. A dramatic runner-up finish to Kevin Harvick in the Homestead season finale meant he fell a mere 1-point shy from claiming his first Sprint Cup championship. Setbacks: Newman was NASCAR's poster child for the power of consistency in a season when wins were everything. Still, Newman realizes the necessity for a trip to Victory Lane. His runner-up finish at Homestead was as close as he came to winning in his first year with RCR and the team will need to raise the bar in 2015. Considering what they accomplished without hoisting any hardware, a victory could be the championship difference for the 13-year veteran. Quoteworthy: "It's like caramel corn, I guess. It's a little bit salty and a little bit sweet," -- Newman said of championship runner-up effort in 2014. What's Next: Arguably, Newman went about his championship bid the hard way – relying on consistency and good points days instead of advancing via victory. A numbers guy and with an engineering degree from Purdue University, Newman was able to earn his shot at a title the old-fashioned way -- math. But let's not forget Newman knows how to win and is a former Daytona 500 (2008) and Brickyard 400 (2013) winner; however his lowly 41 laps led in 2014 could be improved upon and the security of an notching an early-season win would go a long way toward easing another championship run. "We all want to win and winning means a lot in a number of facets. … but in the end, the math was there [for us]," Newman said after the season. "I'm happy with what we achieved. I'm disappointed by how close we were but if we were one point, two points or 20 points it wouldn't have mattered. You want to finish first. But we have the ability and the opportunity to try again next year." Certainly good chemistry between Newman and crew chief Luke Lambert contributed to the immediate success in his first year with the team and that bodes well for the future too. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule