Top-10 Finish for Reed at Watkins Glen


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 6, 2016) – Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team finished 10th on Saturday at Watkins Glen International after starting at the rear of the field due to unapproved changes after yesterday’s qualifying session.

“I’m so proud of the team’s effort to rebound after my mistake in qualifying yesterday,” said Reed. “I flat-spotted the tires in qualifying, which put us in the rear for the start today but Phil (Gould) made awesome calls to get us track position and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team did a great job on pit stops. We hope to continue this momentum next week at Mid-Ohio, where Roush Fenway has always been strong.”

Reed started the 82-lap Zippo 200 from the rear of the field, after qualifying 19th but dropping to the rear after having to change tires after qualifying. He gained several positions on the start, propelling up to the 18th position by Lap 8.

On Lap 9, the first caution flag of the race was displayed while Reed ran 18th. He told crew chief Phil Gould that he needed lateral grip through the esses. Gould brought Reed down pit road under caution on Lap 11 for four fresh tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Reed restarted 21st on Lap 13 as some of the field did not pit.

One lap after the restart, the caution was displayed for the second time as Reed ran 17th. Gould told Reed to save fuel. Reed restarted eighth on Lap 17. Before the field could complete a lap, the caution was again displayed, which resulted in a lengthy red flag. During the red flag, Reed told Gould that the right-front of the car was tight when he was transitioning from Turn 2 to Turn 3. When the red flag was lifted, Reed came down pit road to top off on fuel on Lap 19. He restarted 17th on Lap 21.

By the caution on Lap 34, Reed was up to the seventh position. The team did not pit during the caution and continued to run seventh through the halfway point in the race.

The team made their final pit stop of the day under caution on Lap 50 for four fresh tires and fuel. Reed restarted ninth with 27 laps to go in the race. The next caution was displayed three laps later while Reed ran ninth. He dropped back to the 10th position after the restart, but made his fastest lap of the race with just four laps to go. Reed persevered and was able to cross the finish line in the ninth position.

Today’s result marked Reed’s second straight top-10 finish and third of the 2016 season. He remains 10th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings.

Reed and the rest of the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be back on track on Saturday, August 13 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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