Ryan Reed may have qualified in 21st before the Go Bowling 250 began under lights.
But having the No.16 crew to fix up a rear suspension issue beforehand, Reed had to start from the tail end of the field.
Nevertheless, Reed made up lost time and worked his way up to 25th within the first half of Stage 1.
Before this opening segment wraps up, he made decent improvements over the last 20 laps as Reed came home in 19th.
During the first stage break, Reed came on pit road for some new sets of rubber and gas.
At the same time, the No.16 crew inserted the air pressure and track bar adjustment.
That’s where at times, he’s having trouble moving his way inside the Top 15.
So that’s why he hoped that he could run better in the middle and help turn better on entry.
The feedback he’s after gave the thumbs up as Reed remained inside the Top 15 throughout the 2nd segment.
With five laps to go, Reed made a mistake by bumping his team-mate Ty Majeski into the wall at the backstretch.
It’s unsure whether or not if the wreck was intentional.
But surely Reed will have apologized to Majeski by now as we will look back at the crash a little later.
Nevertheless, he came home 13th in Stage 2.
With not much progress trying to bridge himself towards the Top 10, the No.16 Ford Mustang looked very tight.
So he came back here on pit road for an air pressure adjustment before restarting in 16th.
Once again, the progress and feedback remained unchanged as he continued in 14th with less than 40 to go.
Though, the 1st late caution has allowed Crew Chief Phil Gould to reset Reed’s strategy.
As Katherine Legge spun out with 29 to go, Reed pitted again saying the No.16 car ran a bit better this time.
But he needs some improvements in turning the car better on the entry as the No.16 crew inserted the air pressure adjustment.
When another incident came out with 23 to go, things began to get better.
Ryan Reed moved his way up to 8th with 14 laps left before steering his No.16 Ford Mustang home in 10th.
His 2018 Season So Far.
- 27 Starts
- 4434 of 4737 Laps Completed, 93.6%
- Five Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 4th, April 2018 in Texas
- Best Finish: 3rd, February 2018 in Daytona
- Two Top 5, 7.4%
- Nine Top 10 finishes, 33.3%
- Average Start: 16 & Finish: 16.3
- He currently sits 12th in the Drivers’ Standings with 2027 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/Crash, Chicago
- 26th/Crash, Daytona 2
- 8th, Kentucky
- 12th, New Hampshire
- 7th, Iowa
- 8th, Watkins Glen
- 10th, Mid-Ohio
- 17th, Bristol 2
- 39th/Crash, Road America
- 13th, Darlington
- 11th, Indianapolis
- 35th/Crash, Las Vegas 2
- 10th, Richmond 2
Yes, the No.1 rule is not to hit your team-mate.
If you don’t know who Majeski is, he drives the No.60 Ford Mustang for Reed’s team, Roush Fenway Racing.
Although, that’s on a part-time deal by sharing the duties with Chase Briscoe.
On his Twitter account, Reed only outlined the positives and negatives learned throughout last night at Richmond.
None of the words include what happened at the end of Stage 2.
But surely, Reed will have a word with Majeski saying that the wreck was 100% his fault at the backstretch.
And at some point, Majeski will accept his apology knowing that he won’t wreck a team-mate ever again.
Apart from that, the No.16 Ford Mustang ran both positive and negative throughout the 250 laps at Richmond.
He had to overcome a suspension issue during qualifying before NASCAR officials started him from the rear.
It may have been an uphill battle to get back to the top end of the field.
But Reed stuck to his game for the entire time before the last two yellow saw him finish in 10th.
Yes, that bare Top 10 finish isn’t the best start Ryan Reed, and the No.16 hoped to have started.
They need to work on the overall performance of the car a lot more if they want to advance into the Round of 8 by Kansas.
So much less of the unbalanced car moving forward as he needs to step up having finished his 9th Top 10 since Mid-Ohio last month.
On his Richmond record this year, he’s able to walk away with both Top 10s in the bag.
Before April this year, Reed last finished 9th back in September 2013.
From there, he’s able to end his Top 10 less streak at P9 for the first time in five years.
Five months on, he then comes back and strikes another Top 10 performance for the third time in 10th.
So yes, well done on getting that Top 10 finish.
But next time, he needs to shed the average performance tag and get some big swings here and there.
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