NNS rookie Ryan Reed earns career-best 4th at Daytona

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When he was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, doctors told Ryan Reed that he likely would never achieve his dream of being a race car driver.

Reed might want to go back to those doctors now and tell them in response, “Uhh, are you still sure about that diagnosis?”

Reed earned the best finish of his Nationwide Series rookie season, finishing fourth in Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

“That was what we needed right there,” Reed said in a team media release. “Man it felt good to get our first top-five.

“The guys told me that Ricky [Stenhouse Jr.] really turned his rookie season around a couple years ago at Daytona, by coming away with a top-five. I am hoping to do the same thing.”

Reed started and ended fourth, as he and his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang remained in the top 10 for much of the 100-lap, 250-mile race (which eventually became a 103-lap, 257.5 mile race due to a green-white-checker finish).

“That was some fun racing,” Reed said. “I had a great time. Everyone just raced so hard. I am so proud of the team for putting ourselves in a good position to capitalize.  That is what we have needed to do all season long and to finally do it, I am just so proud.”

Reed’s previous best finish was ninth last season at Richmond. With Saturday’s finish, he moves up to 10th in the NNS points standings.

The next NNS race is next Saturday’s Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.