FT. WORTH, Texas (April 7, 2014) -- Roush Fenway Racing rookie Ryan Reed drove his No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop DiabetesSM presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang to a solid 20th-place finish in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Reed overcame an ill-handling race car and a pit road speeding penalty for the finish.
“We kept all the fenders on the car, so that’s a positive,” said Reed. “I think after the start to the season we had, we really just wanted to go and finish some races, so at least we’re doing that. If we can keep finishing races, then we’ll work on some speed and get some momentum here.”
Reed started the race 16th based on the afternoon’s qualifying session. He battled a tight handling Ford early, as the team discovered his right rear tire was ‘going down’ just prior to Reed’s first pit stop on Lap 44.
Sensing a slight vibration Reed brought the No. 16 Ford down pit road under green on Lap 104. He took on four new tires, but was hit with a penalty for exiting pit road too fast. After the pass through penalty he returned to the field in 24th; three laps down.
From there, Reed was able to stay out of trouble, while advancing to finish in 20th position.
“It was a long one for sure,” added Reed. “We just couldn’t seem to hit on anything. We started off tight and made an adjustment and it went to really loose. It was back and forth all night, and then that speeding penalty definitely didn’t help anything, so overall it was a rough night and one we want to learn from.”
The team returns to action next weekend at Darlington Raceway, where Reed will make his debut at the ‘Track Too Tough to Tame.”