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Ryan Preece has joined Stewart-Haas Racing as a reserve driver in 2022, SHR announced Jan. 6.
As part of the arrangement, Preece will fill in for SHR’s drivers in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series on an as-needed basis due to absences such as COVID-19 protocol. He’ll also do simulator work for the team.
Additionally, Preece will compete in a handful of races across the NASCAR national series in SHR or SHR-affiliated equipment.
He’ll make seven starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, all for David Gilliland Racing, starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Three Xfinity races will come starting at Richmond Raceway, while his two Cup starts will occur at Dover Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“This is a unique setup, but I feel like it provides me with the best opportunity to win races and contribute to a championship-caliber team while expanding my racing experience,” Preece said in a team release. “I’m a racer, and Stewart-Haas Racing is a team built by racers. They measure success by wins. Whether I’m in the simulator, in one of their cars, or in a Ford Mustang or Ford F-150 for another team, I’m here to help SHR and Ford win.”
Preece ran the full Cup season in 2021 for JTG Daugherty Racing, scoring a top five and four top 10s. JTG’s No. 37 closed at the end of the season.
He also won a race and earned two top fives and two top 10s in as many Truck starts in 2021 for DGR, winning his debut event in the series at Nashville Superspeedway.
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