Ryan Reed prepares to take one step at a time from practice right through to qualifying and race day.
With three regular-season races left before Richmond, Reed has to step up to his game in the No.16 Ford Mustang.
He had a problematic recent run of weeks both at Bristol and a very short-lived wreck into Lap 7 last week in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Ryan Reed’s Darlington Raceway XFINITY Series Record
Since 2014, Reed has raced four Darlington appearances all in the No.16 car with Roush Fenway Racing.
He posted two 13th place finishes both during his debut run in 2014 and 2016.
Three years back may have been his worst result at this track in 23rd, two laps down.
But 12 months ago, Reed did manage to keep himself around the Top 15 mark through three out of his Darlington stints in 15th.
Speaking on his qualifying performances, Reed started no higher than 15th two years ago.
He managed to go 17th fastest between 2015 & 2017 and no worse than 18th back in 2014.
- Four Starts
- 587 of 589 Laps Completed, 99.7%
- Average Start: 16.8 & Finish: 16
- DNF: Zero
- 13th, 2014
- 23rd, 2015
- 13th, 2016
- 15th, 2017
His 2018 Season So Far.
- 23 Starts
- 3873 of 4040 Laps Completed, 95.9%
- Five Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 4th, April 2018 in Texas
- Best Finish: 3rd, February 2018 in Daytona
- Two Top 5, 8.7%
- Eight Top 10 finishes, 34.8%
- Average Start: 16.2 & Finish: 16.1
- He currently sits 11th in the Drivers’ Standings with 535 Points.
- 3rd, Daytona
- 10th, Atlanta
- 19th, Las Vegas
- 18th, Phoenix
- 17th, Fontana
- 14th, Texas
- 18th, Bristol
- 9th, Richmond
- 22nd, Talladega
- 19th, Dover
- 29th, Charlotte
- 13th, Pocono
- 4th, Michigan
- 17th, Iowa 1
- 32nd, Chicago
- 26th, Daytona 2
- 8th, Kentucky
- 12th, New Hampshire
- 7th, Iowa
- 8th, Watkins Glen
- 10th, Mid-Ohio
- 17th, Bristol 2
- 39th, Road America
It’s just unlucky what happened last time around despite a great run during qualifying earlier in the day.
A lap eight crash did make Reed kick out of the car in frustration.
He doesn’t want any of these interruptions again as the summer begins to end soon.
Now, the last three regular-season races are essential to his chances of making the first Round of Playoffs.
He hasn’t scored a Top 10 since Mid-Ohio three weeks ago & Top 5 for two and a half months where he finished 4th in Michigan.
Yes, the No.16 Ford Mustang does have to be fast all weekend long.
Reed demonstrated during qualifying last week after going 10th fastest that he’s still in the game to bag as many rewards as he can.
He only needs the finishing touches to steer the No.16 car home within matching his race day target possible.
And it begins today as Reed looks to build on his consistency over the final ten races of the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season.
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