Ryan Reed Finishes 7th in the First Caution-Filled Round of the XFINITY Chase


SPARTA, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2016) – Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team put together a strong showing in the opening round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, finishing seventh in Saturday night’s caution-filled race at Kentucky Speedway.

Reed advanced to the second round of Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session, ultimately earning a 16th-place starting position for the Saturday night event.

Early on, Reed battled a car that was too loose, but gained three positions before the competition caution on Lap 25.  Crew chief Phil Gould opted for two tires and a track bar adjustment.  The tire strategy moved Reed further up the running order, restarting eighth.

On the following runs, Reed battled a Mustang that was still too free, but continued to work his way towards the front.  Following a Lap 35 restart, Reed maneuvered his No. 16 Ford into the top-five for the first time of the day.

On Lap 68, Reed radioed to his team that it felt like the right front tire was coming apart.  He was on his way to pit road, when the caution flew on Lap 69.  Reed avoided the green flag pit stop and stayed on track.  Reed instead made his way down pit road under caution on Lap 71 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.  The No. 16 Ford restarted 12th.

Reed maintained position inside the top-15 as the middle portion of the race was marred by several caution periods.  Reed continued to battle a loose Ford Mustang, but successfully avoided the carnage and persistently to advance through the field.

Gould called Reed down pit road for what would be the last stop of the day during a Lap 178 caution period.  After getting four fresh tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, Reed returned to the track in 13th.  Reed used the next three restarts to work his way inside the top-10, crossing the finish line in seventh.

With the result, Reed is scored in fourth place in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings, tied with Roush Fenway teammate Bubba Wallace.  The second round of the XFINITY Series Chase kicks off at Dover International Speedway next Saturday.

About the Drive to Stop Diabetes

The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign strives to educate people about living well with diabetes. The campaign encourages the millions of Americans who have diabetes to talk about it with their doctor, family, and friends and to actively manage their health.

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Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.

About The American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.