Despite having a mechanical issue early on in the Kansas Lottery 300, Ryan Reed drove his No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford to a 16th-place finish on Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. With the result, Reed and team are a mere two points shy of being in the top-four of the NASCAR XFINITY Series(NXS) Chase with two races remaining before the cut-off.
“That plug wire really put us behind from the start,” Reed stated. “I think we had about a 13th place car before everyone had troubles. With everyone having problems if we could have just been running where we needed to it would have been an easy top-10 day.
“It is frustrating to have a mechanical issue in the Chase. We definitely can’t have that happen but we battled back and to finish 16th after being three laps down at one point isn’t the end of the world. I think we have an opportunity being a few points back to make something happen. Aside from all the troubles we just have to get better to have an opportunity to move on.”
After battling a tight machine in qualifying, Reed lined up 22nd for the 200-Lap race and quickly gained six positions in the first five laps in his Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford.
On lap 20, Reed radioed to crew chief Phil Gould that something was amiss with the engine but all of his pressures seemed to be fine.
A much needed caution was displayed on lap 57 allowing the No. 16 team to diagnose the mechanical issue. After looking under the hood, they repaired a loose plug wire assuring Reed that the issue was repaired. Unfortunately, the issue cost Reed to go down three laps to the leaders.
With the race filled with caution flags, the Roush Fenway Racing driver patiently maneuvered his Ford up through the field and was scored in the top-20 by mid-race.
On lap 164, a couple of cars tangled causing slight damage to the Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford as Reed was avoiding the spinning cars. The team worked feverishly under a series of yellow flag pit stops to repair the machine.
When the final green flag waved on lap 187, Reed maintained his position taking the checkered flag in the 16th position in the first race of the NXS Chase Round of Eight.
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