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June 25, 2014 10:15 AM

Ryan Reed Makes His First NNS Start At Kentucky | Advance

Reed on racing at Kentucky Speedway:

“I can’t wait to race this Drive to Stop Diabetes Mustang under the lights in Kentucky.  This is my first Nationwide start here, so I’m hoping to learn a lot during Wednesday’s test session.  The guys at the shop have been working hard on these cars, and I feel like we are improving every weekend at the race track.  I’m hoping we can keep that going this weekend too.”  

ADVANCE NOTES

Reed at Kentucky Speedway

 

  • Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Reed makes his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Kentucky Speedway this Friday night.  
  • In three starts this season at 1.5-mile tracks, Reed has collected two top-15 finishes.

 

The Car

 

  • The No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop DiabetesSM presented by Lilly Diabetes team unloads Chassis RK-808 for the third time this season.  This chassis raced at Auto Club Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway this year, finishing 17th and 14th, respectively. 

 

Patriotic Paint Scheme

 

  • The No. 16 team continues to run a patriotic paint scheme in support of the NASCAR Salutes program. 
  • Visit www.drivetostopdiabetes.org or click here to watch Reed unveil the paint scheme. 

 

Riding with Ryan

 

  • American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Jacob Hudson will ‘Ride with Ryan’ this weekend.  The 14-year-old’s name will ride above the passenger side window of the No. 16 Ford Mustang.  Hudson, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year, has not let his diagnosis slow him down.  He continues to play basketball and is a red belt in Tae Kwon Do.  

 

Visit the American Diabetes Association’s Drive to Stop Diabetes Midway Display

 

  • Drive to Stop Diabetes will host an activation space in the fan midway at Kentucky Speedway.  The display area features the No. 16 Drive to Stop Diabetes racing simulator, diabetes awareness and educational materials as well as various prizes.  
  • Reed will appear for a Q&A at the Drive to Stop Diabetes display on Friday, June 27 from 2:35 – 2:50 p.m. ET. 
  • Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones will join Reed at the Drive to Stop Diabetes display during his Q&A.  Jones, who created Bowtie Cause, will present Reed with an American Diabetes Association bow tie during the Q&A.
  • To learn more about Bowtie Cause, visit www.bowtiecause.com. 

 

Recapping Road America

 

  • Reed made his first NNS road course start last weekend at Road America.  The rookie ran a solid race, spending the majority of the day inside the top-10.  The final caution did not fall in the team’s favor, forcing the driver to pit road and ultimately finishing 21st in his No. 16 Ford Mustang.

 

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