(AP) — Berlin native Ryan Preece won the first NASCAR race at Nashville Superspeedway in a decade by scoring a victory in his first career Truck Series start June 18.
Preece got in a truck for the first time to get bonus track time ahead of a June 20 Cup race, the first ever for NASCAR’s top series at the track. Nashville closed after the 2011 season when it couldn’t land a coveted Cup date.
Preece passed Grant Enfinger with six laps remaining to become just the fifth driver to win their Truck Series debut. He celebrated in victory lane with a Gibson guitar, the traditional trophy Nashville awarded its winners during its first run.
Preece’s win snapped a two-race winning streak by John Hunter Nemechek, who finished 10th.
Preece, Ross Chastain and William Byron all entered the Truck Series race to get an early start on learning the track. The rest of the Cup field wasn’t scheduled to be on track until an afternoon practice on June 19.