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Ryan Reed honors Alan Kulwicki, Sam Bass with Darlington paint scheme

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Roush Fenway Racing and artist Sam Bass have worked together to create Ryan Reed‘s throwback paint scheme for the Sept. 2 Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway on NBCSN.

Reed’s No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford will resemble the No. 7 Zerex Ford driven by Alan Kulwicki in 1989.

Kulwicki was sponsored by Zerex from 1987-90, earning two of his five Cup wins in that time.

“My dad was huge fan of Alan and had a lot of respect for him, so it’s awesome to get to run this throwback scheme in Darlington,” Reed said in a press release. “My Dad ran his own race team and drove for himself throughout the 90s, just like Alan. Alan overcame a lot of challenges to become a champion and I can’t help but have a lot of respect for him.”

Bass, who lives with type 1 diabetes like Reed, worked with Kulwicki during his career and helped design Reed’s car. In a Facebook Live video, Bass said he took extra care to make the one in Reed’s No. 16 resemble Kulwicki’s No. 7.

Bass’ name will also be on the passenger-side nameplate on the roof of Reed’s car.

Reed’s car won’t be the only one at Darlington that will pay tribute to the 1992 Cup champion.

Michael McDowell‘s No. 95 Chevrolet in the Cup Series will resemble the car Kulwicki drove in his 1986 rookie year.

Numerous wrecks fill final segment of Xfinity race at Mid-Ohio (videos)

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Drivers got pretty aggressive in the final 35 laps of Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

And with aggressiveness usually comes wrecks, and that was certainly the case here.

First, as almost a warm-up of things to come, five drivers were involved in a wreck on Lap 53, when Brennan Poole spun out Blake Koch and collected Spencer Gallagher, Jeremy Clements and Regan Smith.

Then on Lap 59, Justin Marks and Regan Smith tangled, with Ryan Reed being unable to avoid Marks, virtually wiping out the front end on Reed’s Ford.

Then, almost as if the previous wrecks built up to a crescendo, the biggest wreck of the race occurred with just six laps to go. The wreck involved 10 drivers and brought out a red flag.

It was a wild day, indeed.

 

Sam Hornish Jr. feels right at home, takes Xfinity pole at Mid-Ohio

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Given that he’s an Ohio resident and has made countless trips to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as both a driver and a fan, it’s not surprising Sam Hornish Jr. felt right at home in Saturday’s Xfinity Series qualifying there.

Hornish was fastest of the 40 drivers in the field to earn the pole for this afternoon’s Mid-Ohio Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Hornish covered the course at a top speed of 96.863 mph. Elliott Sadler was second at 95.779 mph, followed by Blake Koch (95.574), Ryan Reed (95.439) and Matt Tifft (95.232).

Sixth through 10th were Daniel Hemric (95.188), Ben Kennedy (95.037), Justin Allgaier (94.997), Cole Custer (96.760) and Brennan Poole (92.535).

There was one significant incident in the closing laps when Cole Custer wrecked at the end of his qualifying lap. His Ford suffered significant front end damage, and will likely have to go to a backup car for this afternoon’s race.

Click here for the full qualifying grid.

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Brendan Gaughan focused on maintaining a playoff spot in Xfinity Series (video)

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Brendan Gaughan enters his favorite period of the season hoping to hold on to a playoff spot in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Gaughan enters Saturday’s Xfinity race at Watkins Glen International (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN), holding the final playoff spot. Twelve drivers will make the Xfinity playoffs. William Byron, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Reed have earned playoff spots with wins.

Gaughan is 18 points behind of Michael Annett. Gaughan is 14 points ahead of JJ Yeley, the first driver outside a playoff position.

Saturday’s race is the first of three on road courses this month. The series goes to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Aug. 12 and races at Road America on Aug. 26.

“If somebody randomly wins a race, we have to gain a spot,” Gaughan said Friday of his playoff hopes. “We’re cognizant of it. We would like to get stage points. The best way to do that is to win a race. I think you’re going to see really, really exciting strategy racing here at the three road races because you can do so many different things.”

For more on what Gaughan says, check out the video.

Joey Logano posts fastest lap in final Xfinity practice at Watkins Glen

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Joey Logano led the way with the fastest lap in Friday’s final Xfinity practice at Watkins Glen International. Logano had a lap of 121.948 mph.

He was followed by Kyle Busch (121.412 mph), Brad Keselowski (121.124), Ryan Reed (120.617) and Paul Menard (120.516).

Dylan Lupton got off course and was stuck in the gravel, causing the session to be halted so crews could remove his car.

Click here for practice results