Reed Finishes 12th At Iowa
NEWTON, Iowa (May 17, 2015) – Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association team finished 12th on Sunday at Iowa Speedway after starting 16th and making their way to the top 10 in the closing laps of the race.
“We had a great Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang on long runs,” said Reed. “We took our last set of tires early hoping the race would stay green and it didn’t quite work out. Congratulations to our teammate Chris Buescher on getting the win. I hoped we would have been up there fighting with him like in Daytona but I’m super happy for him.”
Reed started the 250-lap event from the 16th position after getting loose in the second round of group qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
After taking the green flag on the .875-mile short track, the field made one lap before the caution flag was displayed. Reed had improved two positions after one lap and reported that the car was very loose.
Reed came in for the first pit stop of the day on Lap 62 during the competition caution. The team gave Reed four fresh tires and made a wedge adjustment to correct the loose conditions. The team gained two spots on pit road, putting Reed in the 13th position when the field returned to green on Lap 66.
By the time the caution came out on Lap 81, Reed reported that the car was even looser than before, but that it tightened up on long runs. The team did not pit during this caution period and Reed restarted in the 16th position on Lap 88.
A debris caution on Lap 141 gave the team a chance to bring Reed down pit road for four fresh tires and a track bar adjustment to help the car’s forward drive. Reed brought the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang into the pits in the in the 12th position and left 10th. Reed praised the team for another great pit stop and helping him to gain track position.
When the caution was displayed on Lap 151, the team decided not to pit but Crew Chief Seth Barbour asked Reed to try to save fuel in case the race stayed green to the end.
After a 25-lap green flag run, the caution came out again on Lap 176. The team made a gamble to bring Reed down pit road for fresh tires and a wedge adjustment. Reed restarted in the 15th position on Lap 181.
With fresh tires, Reed was able to make his way into the top 10 by Lap 240. The team was poised for a solid top-10 finish until the caution flag was displayed with two laps to go. With no tires available to put on the car, Reed stayed out while the leaders pitted, putting him the second position on the final restart.
The field saw the green flag for the last time on Lap 258. After the restart, Reed was ultimately shuffled back in the field outside of the top 10 as the cars with fresher tires had the advantage. Reed held on to finish in the 12th position, his sixth top-15 of the season.
Reed’s Roush Fenway Racing teammate Chris Buescher went on to win the race, making him and Reed the only NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars to win a race this season.
Reed remains eighth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings after Sunday’s race, 80 points out of the lead. Reed and the No. 16 team return to the track on Saturday, May 23 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series competition with drivers Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Elliott Sadler, Ryan Reed, Chris Buescher and Bubba Wallace. Now in its 28th season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning digital and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.
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