Broken Part Leads to 29th-Place Finish for Reed in Kentucky


SPARTA, Ky. (July 9, 2016) – Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team finished 29th on Friday night at Kentucky Speedway after a tire issue followed by a broken part in the right-rear led to lengthy repairs.

“I hate that we didn’t get the chance to show how fast our car was,” said Reed. “We had our No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang running pretty well after we changed a blistered tire, but we had a part break in the right-rear on a pit stop right after we really started showing speed. We will move on to Loudon and hope things go our way.”

Reed started the 200-lap event from the seventh position on Friday evening after making it through all three rounds of group qualifying on Friday afternoon. Reed was quiet on the radio in the opening laps, but fell back to eighth by Lap 15. He reported the car was free in the corners and tight off.

By the Lap 25 competition caution, Reed ran ninth and reported to crew chief Phil Gould that he needed grip everywhere and was really loose. Gould brought him down pit road on Lap 27 for two tires and a track bar adjustment. Reed restarted sixth on Lap 31.

The caution flew for the second time of the night on Lap 52 while Reed ran 12th. He reported he was loose on entry. The team brought him down pit road under caution on Lap 54 for four fresh tires. He restarted 13th on the impending restart.

Reed had advanced his position to 11th by Lap 78 and reported he was still too free and needed lateral grip. He held on to a very loose racecar until the next pit stop under green on Lap 105. After changing four tires, Gould told Reed that his right-side tires were very blistered after that run.

Reed continued to fight the handling of the car throughout the middle part of the race, but came in for adjustments on Lap 158 for fresh tires and a track bar adjustment. Following the changes, Reed was running third-place lap times before the caution flew with 32 laps to go.

The team brought Reed down pit road on Lap 171 for fresh tires. As soon as Reed returned to the track, he reported something in the car did not feel right. The team returned to pit road a lap later to diagnose the issue. After taking off the right-rear tire, the team found that a part had broken on the previous pit stop. Gould sent Reed to the garage to fix the issue, putting him 14 laps down by the time he was able to return to the track with 13 laps to go.

Reed ran 30th as the final caution flag of the night flew with six laps to go. He reported that the car was the best it had been all day, but did not have time to make up much ground. He crossed the finish line 29th after the first attempt at a green-white-checker finish.

After the 16th NASCAR XFINITY Series race of 2016, Reed is scored 10th in the championship standings. Reed and the rest of the NASCAR XFINITY Series will return to the track on Saturday, July 16th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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