Fans Mock Ryan Preece on His Return Mere 6 Days After a Potentially Career-Ending Crash

Published 09/01/2023, 4:19 PM EDT

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In the heart-pounding world of NASCAR, where speed meets adrenaline and rubber meets the road, one driver recently embarked on a gravity-defying misadventure that left spectators breathless. Ryan Preece, the 32-year-old daredevil of the racetrack, danced with destiny during the Daytona NASCAR Cup Series race on a starry Saturday night in Florida. His vehicle’s twists, turns, and unexpected glide provided a spectacle with jaws dropping and hearts racing.

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But Preece has found himself in the crosshairs of jest and jesters as he made his triumphant comeback six days after a potentially career-ending crash. But is he catching flak or just adding fuel to the roaring engine of his own legend?

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Picture this: with a mere six laps remaining, Preece‘s #41 Ford Mustang somehow choreographed a sky-high ballet. The car sliced across the track like a toss of a coin, catching air and flipping end over end. Not just once, mind you, but a jaw-dropping ten times, all before gracefully touching down in the infield. It was like watching a daredevil trapeze artist but with a 3,500-pound Ford Mustang performing mid-air pirouettes! 

But lo and behold! The saga took an unexpected twist of its own. Ryan Preece, that intrepid knight of the asphalt realm, took to the virtual airwaves to update the world about his escapade. “If you want to be a race car driver, you better be tough. Dammit. Fast @racechoice. @FordPerformance Mustang. I’m coming back,” Ryan tweeted.


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After the dramatic ordeal, Ryan Preece found himself on an unplanned overnight stay at Halifax Health Medical Center, undergoing observation as if he were the star attraction of a medical-themed amusement park. But the sun rose, and the medical charts were analyzed. Like a true motorsports warrior, Preece was discharged the following day.

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As Preece aimed to set his wheels spinning again, fans took the liberty of spinning their own web of jokes, memes, and playful pokes at the racer’s expense.

Comedic pit stops as fans shift gears to mock Ryan Preece for dramatic comeback

Upon the Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s announcement of his imminent return to the racetrack, fans stepped up to the virtual microphone to deliver punchlines that echoed through the digital realm. 

Ryan Preece uploaded a video clip with the Oppenheimer soundtrack with the caption:

“See you at @TooToughToTame.”

And NASCAR fans could not stop their giggles at the dramatic display, showering him with comments: 

“You haven’t won a cup race…message doesn’t work, kid,” one fan wrote.

Another fan added, “Glad to hear you’re in good shape, but this is a bit dramatic.”

“This is so damn corny.” someone chimed in.

A NASCAR fan commented, “This dude doesn’t even compete for wins, and didn’t even get injured. Spare me with the “comeback/revenge” angle 😂🤦🏻‍♂️”

“He’s cosplaying like he is a cup series winner,” a fellow Twitter user wrote.


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A fan even asked. “This is a bit over the top given the circumstances don’t you think lol?”

“Glad your ok but this cringy af lol,” one fan wrote. 

From questioning his status as a cup series winner to dubbing his video message as “a bit dramatic,” the comedic critique was in full swing. It seemed the spectacle of his return was eliciting more chuckles than cheers.


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And so, dear readers, as the engines rev and the tires screech, we witness a race of wit, humor, and virtual applause. As Preece readies himself for the next lap on the circuit, fans stand on the virtual sidelines, ready to unleash their comedic pit stops and tire changes.



Written by:

Brahmi Dhaytadak


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Brahmi Dhaytadak is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. She combines her love for F1, Tennis, and NASCAR into electrifying prose that sets the hearts of her readers racing. Whether it was the finesse of Charles Leclerc's maneuvers around Monaco or the artistry of Roger Federer's racket, everything inspired Brahmi to venture into the field of sports journalism.
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Nischal Kandpal




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