There are dreams that come true that barely cause someone to bat an eye or pay much attention. And then there are dreams that come true that rock you to your very core.

NASCAR driver Ryan Preece just had one of the latter dreams come true.

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Taking his first XFINITY Series win at Iowa Speedway on July 29, Ryan couldn’t hold back the tears as he drove into victory lane for the first time in his 20-year racing career and just his second start with Joe Gibbs Racing.

You see, Ryan started racing at the age of 6, most recently racing in the lower-division NASCAR Whelen Modified series.

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“I don’t even know what to say,” he said in a televised interview. “I’ve got to thank everybody, just everyone involved. I’m at a loss for words right now. I don’t even know what to say. This is what emotion is, I can tell you that. I thought this race would never end that’s for sure. Nothing’s going to beat today.”

Of course it was far from easy for Ryan, who had to endure a tight green-white-checkered finish to come home with the career-altering win over fellow competitor Kyle Benjamin.

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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