Preece 21st at Phoenix

Ryan Preece jumped to 17th in the Xfinity Series driver standings with a solid 21st-place run in Saturday’s Axalta 200 race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Preece drove the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 01 Chevrolet to a ninth-place spot in the first qualifying round Saturday. He started the race 24th.

“We had a very good car and got in some strong laps,” Preece said. “I knew it was going to be a good day when the car did so well in qualifying. This is something we can build on.”

Preece ran as high as 20th and stayed in the middle of the pack all afternoon.

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