Reed Finishes 11th in Iowa

p2146658261-o915700052-4NEWTON, Iowa (June 19, 2016) – Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team finished 11th on Sunday at Iowa Speedway after starting in the same position and running inside the top 10 the majority of the day.

“Today was a step in the right direction,” said Reed. “We were running lap times that were close to those of the leaders and were consistently fast all day. We just couldn’t get going on restarts, which really hurt us. If we keep bringing cars like this to the track, we will get to where we need to be.”

The team qualified 11th on Saturday afternoon, but Reed was able to start eighth on Sunday after other cars had to start in the back of the field due to unapproved adjustments. Almost 10 laps after the green flag waved, Reed reported that he needed forward drive and lateral grip on exit. He maintained the ninth position until the first caution period on Lap 40.

Under the Lap 40 competition caution period, the team brought Reed down pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to correct the car’s handling. He restarted ninth on Lap 47.

Reed fell back to the 12th position after the restart and reported that he needed lateral grip. The team had another chance to make adjustments when the caution flew for the second time on Lap 96.

Crew chief Phil Gould brought his driver down pit road on Lap 99 for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. Reed restarted 13th on Lap 103 but was up to 11th by the time the next caution flew on Lap 124. At that time, Reed reported that the car was tight in the center. The team made their third stop of the day under this caution period for two tires and fuel. Because of the two-tire call, Reed restarted third on Lap 130.

The caution flag was displayed again on Lap 134 while Reed ran sixth. He reported that the car needed front turn and lateral grip on exit. The team did not pit and Reed restarted sixth with 111 laps remaining in the race.

Reed ran ninth by the time the fifth caution of the day was displayed with 58 laps remaining in the race. He reported he still needed forward drive on exit and that he was tight in the middle. The team made their final pit stop of the day under this caution period for four tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment.

Reed restarted ninth with 51 laps to go and was scored 10th by the time the final caution flew 20 laps later. The team did not pit under this caution period, leaving Reed 10th for the restart with 27 laps to go.

In the remaining laps of the race, Reed held on with older tires than several of the other drivers to finish 11th.

After Saturday’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 Daytona International Speedway on July 1st.

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