AUDIO/RECAP: Reed Does It Again; XFINITY Driver Wins Second ARCA Race of 2015 at Kentucky

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SPARTA, Ky. — Audio and recap by Race Chaser Online Associate Editor Kyle Magda — ARCA photo —

After running away with an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win at Chicagoland in June, young NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Ryan Reed added a second victory to his 2015 tally on Saturday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway.

It just didn’t look quite as easy as the first one.

Reed held off a late-race challenge from Travis Braden to score his second career ARCA win in back-to-back starts, leading the final 20 laps of the Crosley Brands 150 before parking his car in Victory Lane.

“You got to make sure you hit your marks,” Reed said. “It’s easy to overdrive it at that point in the race and then, you’re trying to work the air. I knew he was coming. My spotter’s giving me good feedback on where he’s running around the racetrack. I was trying to move around a little bit and just make sure he was getting into my dirty air. Clean air is king around these mile-and-a-half [tracks], so I had to do a really good job of managing the air and I felt like do that and work in lap traffic and maybe we’ll be alright.”

Reed took the lead on lap 81 when 17-year-old Austin Cindric had a left-front tire go down. The two battled for the top spot after a lap 76 restart, with Cindric prevailing at first on the outside as the No. 38 Lilly Diabetes/MOMO TraqGear Ford of Reed fell back to second.

At one point in the race, the two drivers and Kyle Weatherman were three-wide after a restart for a brief shower that slowed the race down.

“I was so close getting down into [Turn] 3 and tried to work them a little bit and they could just hang onto my quarter [panel] just a little bit and get a run,” Reed said. “When I was on the outside of Turn 3, I knew I could be able to make in work in [Turns] 1 and 2. Once we got down into [Turns] 3 and 4, if I didn’t have them cleared, I knew I was going to get shuffled back a little bit.”

Once the craziness died down, Reed put a second-and-a-half field on the field, but the early front-runners started to chop into his lead late. Braden slowly worked his way back in the top-five and got to Reed’s back bumper before setting for a runner-up finish.

“Coming down to the end there, we had a great car,” Braden said. “We had the best car, but the problem was more so than what I’m used to in my late models. As you burn fuel,  you really tighten up. You’re gaining nose weight. You just getting tighter and tighter and tighter and we went up on the track bar on the last stop and that helped us, stayed better longer. With about three laps before I got to him, I could feel it starting to get a little bit tight and when I got to him, I got a great run off of [Turn] 4 and I just couldn’t quite hold it wide open.”

“I had to check up just a little bit before I smacked the wall. If I could of kept it wide open right there, we had a run and I think it would’ve been decided going into [Turn] 1 and we would’ve probably won the race.”

With those two battling for the win, David Levine crept into the picture in his No. 59 Lira Motorsports Ford and wasn’t the only driver to run the leaders down. Levine made it to as high as third and finished 1.8 seconds behind teammate and race winner Reed.

“This Ford Fusion was an absolute beast today,” Levine said. “Coming into this week, we were a little bit slow. Testing earlier, we’re probably second, second-and-a-half off of the fast guys and we working at it, working at it, working at it. We didn’t qualify so great and we came in half-way through for our one pit stop and my crew chief Sam [Schram] lit this thing up. Absolutely came to life and we were running down the leaders right there at the end. I think maybe 10 more laps and we would’ve been all over them.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Suarez led the most laps on the day at 53, but finished sixth after pitting on the race’s last caution with 31 laps to go. Venturini Motorsports only had one top-10 finisher in the race with Suarez, as Brandon Jones and William Byron got collected in a first-lap crash.

Byron won the pole on Saturday, but started in the rear after an unapproved adjustment for a tire rub and couldn’t avoid the spinning cars of Sarah-Cornett Ching and Tom Hessert in front of him.

“There’s not much really we could do about it, but it’s just disappointing because we knew we had a shot at the win,” Byron said. “Just judging off the one corner, we we’re going to just take our time and get up there, but there’s nothing you could once they spin like that in front of you.

Josh Williams had troubles with the No. 6 car and finished 24th, 23 laps down, and added to the troubles of Hessert meant six-time season winner Grant Enfinger left Kentucky with an unofficial margin of 320 points.

By virtue of that gap, Enfinger only has to start the season finale at Kansas to clinch the 2015 series championship.

The green flag for the season finale at Kansas drops flies at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, with live coverage on FOX Sports 1.

 

Audio with winner Ryan Reed:

Audio with runner-up Travis Braden:

Audio with third-place finisher David Levine:

Audio with Austin Cindric following his lap 81 tire failure:

Audio with polesitter William Byron after his opening lap crash:

 

RESULTS: ARCA Racing Series; Crosley Brands 150; Kentucky Speedway; September 26, 2015

  1. Ryan Reed
  2. Travis Braden
  3. David Levine
  4. Ross Kenseth
  5. Grant Enfinger
  6. Daniel Suarez
  7. Kyle Weatherman
  8. Chris Windom
  9. Matt Kurzejewski
  10. Bo LeMastus
  11. Austin Wayne Self
  12. Brandon Jones
  13. Brandon Lynn
  14. Noah Gragson
  15. James Swanson
  16. Thomas Praytor
  17. Austin Cindric
  18. Mark Meunier
  19. Rick Clifton
  20. David Sear
  21. Darrell Basham
  22. Will Kimmel
  23. Josh White
  24. Josh Williams
  25. Bobby Gerhart
  26. Wayne Peterson
  27. Tim Viens
  28. Ed Pompa
  29. Eric Caudell
  30. Con Nicolopoulos
  31. Tom Hessert
  32. William Byron
  33. Sarah Cornett-Ching

Did not start: Tom Berte and Scott Heckert

 

About the Writer

Kyle Magda is Race Chaser Online’s Associate Editor and a co-host of both Motorsports Madness and the Stock Car Steel/SRI Motorsports Show, airing at 7 p.m. ET on Monday and Thursday nights, respectively, on the Performance Motorsports Network. Magda broke into racing in mid-2001 as the sport’s tide was beginning to change towards the current modern-era formula, but still has an affinity for the history of NASCAR’s earlier days.

The 22-year-old currently studies print journalism at Penn State University and can be found traveling to numerous tracks across the country, covering everything from NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series to the UNOH All-Stars Circuit of Champions and the Super Cup Stock Car Series.

Email Kyle at: kmagda@ptd.net

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