Reed Finishes Sixth in Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2016) – Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team finished sixth on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) after starting 14th and avoiding several on-track incidents.
“That was honestly not our best speedway car at all, but our best finish here since the win,” said Reed. “This is a nice momentum builder. It felt like we had a decent run at Iowa with the 11th and coming here to finish sixth makes it a couple of decent weeks. We are getting momentum rolling as we go into the summer stretch and we just hope we can keep it going.”
Reed started the race from the 14th position, on the outside, but moved down to the inside line after the green flag flew. As the pack and drafting partners had just began to form, the caution slowed the field on Lap 8 while Reed ran 21st. He reported that the car was handling fine, but he was trying to figure out which line was moving the best.
After restarting 19th on Lap 13, Reed continued to find his place in the draft before the second caution flew on Lap 14. Reed avoided any damage from the wreck that caused the caution, but went through the grass to avoid the incident, leaving grass on the grille of the car. Because of the amount of debris from the wreck, the red flag was displayed for just over seven minutes.
When the red flag was lifted, the team pitted under caution on Lap 17 for four tires and fuel. Reed restarted 10th on the following restart on Lap 21.
Just two laps after the restart, the caution was again displayed. The team chose not to pit and Reed restarted 11th on Lap 28.
By the fourth caution of the evening, Reed ran seventh and had no complaints about the handling of his No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang. Crew chief Phil Gould brought him down pit road for right-side tires and fuel, putting him fifth on the Lap 47 restart.
Another quick caution came on Lap 48 and stretched through the halfway point of the race. The team did not pit, but Reed was told to save fuel. He restarted sixth on the following restart and was scored ninth by the time the next caution flag waved on Lap 66.
The team made their final pit stop of the night under caution on Lap 68 for fuel only. Reed restarted ninth as other drivers did not elect to pit under caution.
In the final 25 laps of the race, Reed stayed conservative, staying in line to see if anyone made a move. The caution flew with four laps remaining, sending the race into overtime. A green-white-checkered finish ended the event, with caution ending the race before the field could cross the start finish line. Reed was fortunate enough to avoid the incident and crossed the finish line sixth. Tonight marked Reed’s third top-10 finish in six starts at DIS.
After Friday’s race, Reed remains 10th in the NASCAR XFINITY Championship standings. Next up for Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team is Kentucky Speedway on July 8th.
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