Reed Finishes 14th in Fontana

Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team finished 14th on Saturday  at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) after starting 10th and overcoming a pit road penalty to finish in the top 15. 

“We had a really strong Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang. We ran top-5 lap times all day. We came out after that penalty in front of the 18 and we held him off for 15 laps and we were really good. We have fast Ford Mustangs right now week after week, but we have to clean up our penalties. We will regroup and be ready to make up some ground in Texas.”

The team was fast from the time they unloaded on Friday, finishing both practice sessions in the top 10 on the speed charts.

After rolling off in the 10th position for the 300-miler at his home track on Saturday, Reed immediately reported that the car was loose. Fortunately, the team was able to adjust on the No. 16 machine soon after as the first caution was displayed. The team pitted on Lap 11 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Reed restarted 13th on Lap 13.

Reed began gaining positions after the restart, making his way up to ninth by the time the next caution was displayed on Lap 29. At that time, Reed told crew chief Phil Gould that the adjustments had helped, but he needed more of the same. The team brought Reed down pit road and put on four fresh tires, refueled and made a chassis adjustment. Reed restarted 10th on Lap 34.

Reed continued his march towards the front and was scored seventh by the next caution on Lap 45. The team decided not to pit given the short time in between caution periods and left Reed to restart 10th on Lap 51.

After the restart, Reed reported that the car got really tight through Turns 3 and 4, especially in dirty air. Gould told his driver to do his best and they would adjust on the next stop.

The team made their first green-flag stop of the day on Lap 71 from the eighth position for tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Following the stop, the team was given a penalty for the way the gas can was handled during the stop, forcing Reed to come down pit road the following lap to serve the penalty.

20 laps after the penalty, Reed had made his way up to the 17th position and reported the car was still really free through Turns 3 and 4. Instead of making an adjustment on the following caution on Lap 99, the team decided to take the wave around to get back on the lead lap. Reed restarted 15th with 46 laps to go in the race.

The team made their last pit stop of the day under green on Lap 115 for tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. After the stop, Reed raced his way back up to the top 15, ultimately finishing 14th.

After the fifth NASCAR XFINITY Series race of 2016, Reed is scored ninth in the championship standings. Reed and the rest of the NASCAR XFINITY Series will return to the track on Friday, April 8th at Texas Motor Speedway.