Ryan Reed Readies for NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase ‘Round of 8’


CONCORD, N.C (Oct. 12, 2016) – The NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Chase ‘Round of 8’ kicks off Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway.  Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed, driver of the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang, solidly made it past the first cutoff round of the inaugural NXS Chase last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Our whole Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team has worked so hard to get to this point,” said Reed.  “We’ve been able to improve our cars not only throughout the season, but during races too.  We just have to run as close to mistake-free as possible to remain in contention for the championship.”

Reed currently ranks sixth on the NXS Chase Grid as the series enters this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway, a track that Reed has two previous NXS starts at with a best finish of 12th coming in 2014.

In addition, Reed has two ARCA Racing Series starts under his belt at Kansas, earning two top-10 finishes, with his best finish of fourth coming last year after starting 12th and leading 12 laps.

In 2011, Reed was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and told he would never get behind the wheel of a race car again.  Five years later, Reed is not only a winner at the famed Daytona International Speedway, but is also a solid Championship contender in the first-ever NXS Chase.

“We won the first race with XFINITY on board as the title sponsor of the series,” said Reed.  “It would be pretty awesome to one up that and be the first winner of the XFINITY Series Chase.”

At the conclusion of the next three races at Kansas, Texas and Phoenix, four more drivers will be eliminated from Chase contention as the remaining four drivers will battle for the championship in Homestead.

Reed and the rest of the NXS will take the green flag at Kansas Speedway on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

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, Ryan Reed, Chris Buescher and Bubba Wallace. Now in its 29th 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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