Ryan Reed secured his position in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs with his win in his No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The 2017 Playoffs kick off this Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway and Reed has his eyes on a solid finish to set the tone for the remainder of the season and to advance through the Playoff field.
“We had a good run last year at Kentucky to start the Playoffs and were able to carry that momentum through the first round,” said Reed. “It’s important to be consistent and not dig yourself a hole to start the Playoffs. We’ve got some fast cars and have had some speed lately. I’m excited to get these Playoffs underway and see what we’ve got.”
The 2016 season was the inaugural year for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. Reed advanced all the way to the conclusion of the Round of 8 at Phoenix International Raceway, barely missing a spot in the final four for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In Kentucky one year ago, Reed drove his No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang to a seventh-place finish and set the tone for the Playoffs. Reed followed up his run with a top-10 finish at Dover then advanced to the Round of 8 with a 15th-place finish at Charlotte.
Reed entered the cutoff race at Phoenix sixth in the Playoff standings, just five points out of fourth place after finishing 16th at Kansas and 12th at Texas. Reed put forth a valiant effort at Phoenix, racing his way to a sixth-place finish, narrowly missing a spot in the Championship round at Homestead.