NASCAR Xfinity Series: Ryan Reed wins crash-filled race at Daytona
Ryan Reed has to love Daytona International Speedway. The 23-year-old Californian scored two wins in his NASCAR career and he did that both times at Daytona’s 2.5-mile oval. Reed’s second victory came on Saturday evening in the Powershares QQQ 300, the season opening race of the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series. Previously, Reed won at Daytona in February 2015.
Reed, who is driving the #16 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing, avoided major troubles in the crash-filled 124-lap race and won the race ahead of Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski and Brendan Gaughan completed the Top 5.
Two stage wins for Elliott Sadler
In a chaotic race, which produced 10 cautions, only 20 of 40 cars were running at the finish. Only three cars escaped being damaged in the wrecks. Reed was involved in three crashes but he always recovered. With the race going four laps to the overtime, he holds off Kahne to score his second career victory in 106 Xfinity starts.
One of the victims who didn’t reach the finish was Elliott Sadler, who led a race-high 40 laps and won the first two stages under caution. He earned one playoff point for each stage win but he didn’t manage to race until the end, finishing the race on Lap 104 in a 16-car accident.
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