When a regional hero steps onto the national stage, every nuance of their performance is subject to scrutiny and judgement. Succeed and the rewards can be enormous. Buckle under pressure and there may never be a second chance.
Ryan Preece took such a challenge when he embarked on a two-race Xfinity Series schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing this past month.
After finishing second three weeks ago in New Hampshire to Kyle Busch, Preece headed for Iowa Speedway and a date with destiny.
He won, dramatically, staring down numerous late race restarts, driving like an experienced Xfinity Series winner.
Ryan Preece took his best shot and nailed it. That’s what Newsmakers do.