Ryan Reed dominates en route to first career ARCA win at Chicagoland

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JOLIET, Ill. – NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Reed dominated en route to winning Saturday’s Scott 150 ARCA Series at Chicagoland Speedway.

Not only did he lead 70 of the 100 laps, Reed beat series regular Grant Enfinger to the finish line by a commanding six-plus second winning margin.

It was Reed’s first win in the ARCA series in 15 career starts, and his first ARCA race since the 2012 season.

“It was a lot of fun,” Reed said. “My job was easy in this thing. From the moment I hopped in it, we put a little wedge in it and called it a day. I just cruised and was real happy to get a win for these guys.”

Also, it was Reed’s second overall win of 2015, having won the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona in February.

“I really hadn’t won since my diagnosis (of diabetes) and I wondered if I would ever win a race,” Reed said. “It’s really a special moment to sit back and think when you were told you’d never drive a race car again, and here I am racing for Jack Roush and Carlos Lira.”

This is a brand new team and it was Lira’s first win as an ARCA team owner.

Reed’s celebration in the ARCA Victory Lane Saturday was short-lived, however.

He had to shift over for the evening’s main event, the Owens Corning AttiCat 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, for which he was slated to start from the 14th spot. However, a fast approaching rainstorm was expected to delay the start of the second race of the evening.

Will Kimmel finished third, followed by Matt Tifft in fourth place and Frank Kimmel in fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Matt Kurzejewski, Josh Williams, Sarah Cornett-Ching, David Levine and Tom Hessert.

There were two incidents of note in the 100-lap event.

* On Lap 64, Xfinity Series rookie Daniel Suarez had to exit his car quickly when his Toyota went up in flames. He had just come off pit road when his car burst into flame in Turn 1.

* Pole-sitter Cody Coughlin spun out on Lap 14 of the scheduled 100-lap event, getting spun from behind by Tifft, who was driving the same Ken Schrader-owned Chevrolet that Ross Kenseth won in last week at Michigan International Speedway.

Then about five laps later, it appeared Coughlin cut down another tire and wrecked hard on the frontstretch, knocking himself out of the race. What started as a promising day ended in disappointment.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.