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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Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

MORE: Stage 13 wrapup

MORE: Stage 12 wrapup

MORE: Stage 11 wrapup

MORE: Stage 10 wrapup

MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

MORE: Stage 7 wrapup

MORE: Stage 6 wrapup

MORE: Stage 5 wrapup

MORE: Stage 4 wrapup

MORE: Stage 3 wrapup

MORE: Stage 2 wrapup

MORE: Stage 1 wrapup