Pro Allstars Series Rookie Makes Just His 2nd PASS Start
Mooresville, NC. – 5-31-11
Date: May 28th, 2011
Event: The PASS 150 @ Motor Mile Speedway
Series: Pro Allstars Series
Location: Radford, VA
Start/Finish: 7th/7th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)
Winner: Ben Rowe
The Pro Allstars Series and its tough field of competitors rolled into Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA for the “PASS 150”, a National Touring event for the series. Ryan Reed, a Rookie in the series making just his second PASS start and his first time racing at the challenging Motor Mile Speedway. Reed, Just 17 years old racing amongst local hot shoes embraced the challenge from the word go.
27 Competitors were slated in the pit area with their eyes on the PASS 150 title. As practice ended and qualifying began, Ryan was able to lock himself solidly into the field with a respectful qualifying effort of 8th. The PASS series has a pill draw system for the top 10 qualifiers at each event, Reed would draw the #7 pill moving him up one more position toward the front of the field.
The hot day began to cool as the sun settled for the start of the race, which would prove to be full of action. The opening laps Ryan found himself slipping to the 12th position where he was able to set a comfortable pace until a lap 35 caution would allow him to stack back up with the top 10 cars. “Our car just didn’t fire like the others, but we knew we had a car that was setup more for the long run” said Reed.
On the restart Ryan showed that his Hamke Chassis had forward momentum by moving his way quickly up to 11th and riding again until a Lap 50 Caution. Prior to the caution Reed and Kenzie Ruston were battling for position, and on the restart both Ruston and Ryan would find themselves quickly moving up to the 8th and 9th positions.
It was just a few laps later where Gray Gaulding would bring out yet another caution for a right front flat tire. When the field went green Ryan found himself now running back inside the top 10 when the veteran Jay Fogleman would start pressuring the younger driver for position. Just as things were heating up behind Reed the fireworks erupted in front of him as 1st and 2nd place running cars Cassius Clark and Stephen Nasse slammed into the turn 1, Reed had to dodge traffic and debris escaping the wreckage without a scratch. “It was a close call they slid up the race track and there was another car slowing too quickly on the bottom so I had to go closer to the wreck than I wanted to, but we were able to come out of it okay”
Reed now up to 7th on lap 78 was proving that patience was going to be the key to a good finish, However Ryan was not out of the woods yet. Ryan had been communicating some potential water temperature problems throughout the race and it became evident during the caution as steam and water poured from the hood of the 04 machine. “We got up to about 240 degrees and that was when I started to worry, but my spotter gave me a few tips and we were able to get the engine cooled back down and keep going” Said Ryan.
During the next restart Ryan was able to get the engine cool and begin a door to door battle with PASS South Boston race winner, Andy Loden in the #29. On Lap 140 a caution would come out stacking the cars up for a great 10 lap shootout to the end.
Ryan had not been falling off as badly as some of the other cars and during the restart he would fight his way to a 7th place finish. “I was really hoping we had 10 more laps, my car was really starting to move forward…but I’m just thankful to have a solid top 10 for my first time being here” Said Reed. Ryan and the entire team were pleased with their effort at Motor Mile and with it being just their 2nd start in the Pro Allstar Series; the young team is very excited about the 2011 racing season as they prepare for their first NASCAR K&N East Series start.
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