In 2017, Ryan Reed returns behind the wheel of the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing. Reed and crew chief Phil Gould will team up again this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS).
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The 2016 season saw Reed make the field for the inaugural NXS Chase. Reed and the No. 16 team nearly missed advancing to the final round of the Chase, ultimately finishing sixth in the driver point standings on the strength of seven top-10 finishes during the 2016 season.In addition, Reed made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup debut at Talladega Superspeedway in October, finishing a respectable 26th in the No. 99 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Fusion.In 2015, Reed kicked off the season by winning the season-opener in Daytona, recording his first career win and the first win for Roush Fenway Racing in the XFINITY Series at Daytona.After climbing out of the car, Reed said, “This is for … every kid who gets diagnosed with diabetes, or anything, that says you can’t do something, just go out there and overcome it and do it and win. Do the best you can. This is unreal. It hasn’t even soaked in yet.”In addition to his XFINITY Series win at Daytona, Reed also took home two victories in three ARCA Racing Series starts for Lira Motorsports. He finished the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season 10th in the championship points standings after leading a total 16 laps.Reed completed his first full NASCAR XFINITY Series season in 2014, behind the wheel of the No. 16 Mustang. In his rookie campaign, Reed earned one top-five and one top-10 finish while leading 29 laps. His best finish came in July at Daytona International Speedway, where the driver crossed the finish line in fourth.In 2013, Ryan Reed joined the Roush Fenway stable of development drivers, making six starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In his debut at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), Reed ran in the top-10 for the majority of the race, ultimately finishing 16th. The second time Reed returned to RIR, he earned a then career-best ninth-place finish.In October 2013, Reed – who has type 1 diabetes – and Roush Fenway announced a partnership between the American Diabetes Association’s Drive to Stop Diabetes and Lilly Diabetes that saw Reed compete full time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2014.Reed’s racing career began at a young age, capturing the Kid’s Kart Track Championship at the age of four. The Bakersfield, California native followed that up by becoming the Junior 1 Comer and HPV Karting Track Champion at age eight.In 2009, Reed was crowned the Legends Division Track Champion at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. He backed up his Championship the following year at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale with 2010 Rookie of the Year honors in the Super Late Model Division. He took home one win in the 2010 season, becoming the youngest winner at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale in the Super Late Model Division.At the age of 17, Reed made the long move from California to North Carolina, to surround himself with the racing community.In 2011, Reed was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and told that he would never race again. Instead of giving up, Reed found Anne Peters, MD, of USC’s Clinical Diabetes Program in California, who assured Reed with hard work he could still race.Reed implemented life style changes that included a strict diet and exercise program, the use of devices to provide on track data, and reporting all of this information to his medical team in California.The young driver next ventured to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, competing in three races in 2011, with his best finish of 16th coming at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.2012 saw Reed compete in 14 ARCA races, earning one top-five and six top-10 finishes. He had an average start of 8.6 and an average finish of 10.6. He also made one start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he finished 17th.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For Ryan Reed, there's magic in the air at the Birthplace of Speed.
Reed went to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in February 2015 and hadn't won since -- until Saturday night, when he held off Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Kasey Kahne in overtime to claim victory in the Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener.
With the race going four laps past its scheduled distance of 120 laps, and with the series running NASCAR's new three-stage event format for the first time, Reed blocked Kahne in Turn 2 on the first of two overtime laps and stalled his momentum.
MORE: See how the entire field fared in Stage 1, Stage 2
From that point on, Reed stayed out front and got to the finish line .219 seconds ahead of Kahne, with Austin Dillon a close third and Brad Keselowski and Brendan Gaughan fourth and fifth, respectively.
Reed's triumph was a welcome start to the season for Roush Fenway Racing, which suffered through a winless season in 2016.
"I'm just so excited," Reed said in Victory Lane. "I knew if I could run two perfect laps (in overtime) with however many blocks I had to do in those two laps, I'd be standing here."
In a race that produced 10 cautions, one short of the event record, 20 of the 40 cars were running at the finish. Only three cars escaped damaged from a succession of major wrecks—those of Kahne, Ty Dillon (who ran out of gas on the first overtime lap) and David Starr (who dropped out after four laps with engine issues).
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The driver who got the worst end of the accident toll was Elliott Sadler, who led a race-high 40 laps and won the first two stages under caution (earning one playoff point for each) before clobbering the backstretch wall on Lap 104 in a 16-car accident.
Sadler was credited with a 24th-place finish but managed to hold third in the series standings, thanks to points earned in the first two stages. Reed leaves Daytona with a nine-point lead over second-place Brendan Gaughan, with Sadler 14 back.
"Man, that was a heck of a race," Gaughan said. "What a run to get back to the top five! Me and Austin -- we were beasts coming through the field.
Before the race reached the end of the 30-lap first stage, the event had been red-flagged twice for a pair of massive wrecks that eliminated more than a handful of drivers expected to contend for the series championship.
On Lap 23, Scott Lagasse Jr. turned the No. 42 Chevrolet of Tyler Reddick across traffic on the backstretch, causing a colossal chain-reaction pileup that involved 20 cars -- literally half the field. That wreck knocked out Cole Custer in his debut in the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, as well as Sunoco rookie Spencer Gallagher in the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet.
"My bad," Lagasse said on his radio in perhaps the tersest apology ever for a mistake that damaged that many cars.
As drivers jockeyed for position on Lap 29, rookie Daniel Hemric hit a patch of “speedy-dry” from the first wreck -- which he described as "like driving on ice" -- and washed up the track into the left rear of Justin Allgaier's Chevrolet, triggering a crash that involved 13 cars.
"I feel like we were racing too hard," said Suarez, who is running for points in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season. "It's too early. I don't really know what happened exactly. I haven't seen the replay slowly.
"I feel like we have to be a little bit smarter than that. I just feel like it's a long race, and we should be a little bit more smart."
Reed was involved in three of the accidents, including the Lap 104 incident, but recovered to win the race.
"I started out pretty aggressive and made some mistakes and ended up in the back of the pack," said Reed, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes. "I knew if I was there at the end it doesn't matter where you are at, you will have a shot.
"I reminded myself of that, took a deep breath, bided my time and found my way to the front at the end. Everyone was so aggressive. This new format is breeding a lot of aggression -- there’s a ton of incentive." Credit Nascar.com