NASCAR driver Ryan Reed started a busy Saturday at Kentucky Speedway with a visit to victory lane.

Making his second ARCA Racing Series (ARS) start this season, the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) regular trailed race leader Austin Cindric when a left front tire blew on Cindric's car with 20 laps remaining in the rain-delayed Crosley Brands 150.

Reed took the lead off the ensuing restart and held off Travis Braden in the closing laps to earn his first Kentucky Speedway victory and remain perfect in an ARS car this season. He also won in June at Chicagoland Speedway. 

"I knew that if I just didn't make a mistake we'd have a shot at it," said Reed, who drove the No. 38 Lira Motorsports Ford. "Travis is a great racer and I had a lot of fun racing against him. Those are fun when you get to race like that. It makes you nervous all the way to the end. Chicago was a lot of fun, but a little less worrisome. We definitely had to earn our money today."

His 0.356 of a second winning margin was the third-closest finish through Kentucky Speedway's 22 all-time ARS events.

David Levine finished third followed by Ross Kenseth. Championship points leader Grant Enfinger finished fifth after starting 12th. He registered his third series top-five finish at the track and will take a 320-point advantage over Josh Williams into the series' Oct. 16 season Kansas Speedway season finale. To clinch the title, Enfinger must show up, enter and compete in the Oct. 16 race. He's registered six victories, 12 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes through 19 races this season. 

Williams' day was derailed by a suspension problem and he finished 24th.

The Crosley Brands 150 was originally scheduled for Friday night. Rain showers Friday forced officials to postpone the race until Saturday.

One rain shower interrupted race around the halfway point. The ensuing pit stops dropped Daniel Suarez out of the lead and contention. The Joe Gibbs Racing NXS regular led the first 53 laps and finished sixth.

Cindric and Reed were among those who made pit stops while Suarez and others stayed on track under caution just in case the rain persisted and forced officials to end the event early.

That didn't happen.

The pit strategy positioned Cindric to take the lead when Suarez pitted on Lap 54.

The 17-year-old son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric, who is racing full time in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series and Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites, led 27 laps in his second-ever start in a stock car. The flat tire and the pit stop to fix it dropped him out of contention and he finished 17th.

Cindric believed he cut the tire racing Reed on a restart with 24 laps to go.

"Ryan Reed and I got together in Turn 1. I don’t know if he came up on me or not. I feel like I stayed pretty straight. The fact of the matter is it cut down my left front. I felt it before I came into Turn 1 and tried to back down."

Reed described a different scenario.

"We did make contact. I was holding my line and I think he was trying to side draft me. I got a good run on the restart. He was side drafting and I think he just got down on my door too much."

Adding insult to injury, the right front tire blew as Cindric approached the finish line on the final lap. He was uninjured.

"The right front really came without any warning," he said.

Braden won in his ARCA debut in July and made a run at Reed, but could not get his No. 01 close enough to pass. The West Virginia University engineering student finished 0.356 of a second behind Reed.

“I think we had the best car, but what we saw was we couldn’t get close to anyone without getting aero-tight,” Braden said. “Part of our problem was we were a little snug on the long runs, but we freed it up on the last pit stop. It got tight with 10 to go and I couldn’t get back to him.”

Reed is in his second full season driving for Roush Fenway Racing in the NXS. Aside from gaining experience, dropping down to enter a couple of ARCA races has helped build confidence, he said.

“To go out there and win with these guys is so much fun,” said Reed, who won the season-opening XFINITY race at Daytona and entered the 300 ranked 10h in the standings. “It builds a lot of confidence. And, honestly, I love driving racecars. These guys give me a chance to drive their racecars and I really appreciate it and have a lot of fun doing it. I think it helps me in a lot of ways as far as being a racecar driver.”

EARLY EXITS: A multi-car crash on the opening lap of the race took out the fastest qualifier and Tom Hessert, who was third in the points standings.

Hessert's and Sarah Cornett-Ching's cars made contact in Turn 3 and spun. Cornett-Ching raced on the inside of Hessert’s car. As they motored into Turn 3, Hessert pinched down on Cornett-Ching’s car and the two cars made contact.

William Byron was behind them and rear-ended the car driven by Brandon Lynn. Byron was fastest in qualifying but dropped to the rear of the field on the parade laps. The K&N Pro Series East points leader was making his superspeedway debut in ARCA.

Hessert, Byron and Cornett-Ching finished 31st, 32nd and 33rd.

FAMILY TIES: The ARS has raced 22 times at Kentucky Speedway. Saturday’s race was the first that didn’t include 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel.

The Jeffersonville, Indiana resident shared driving duties this season with Venturini Motorsports teammate Brandon Jones. Jones drove the No. 25 Toyota in the Crosley Brands 150 and will be in the car again for the series’ season finale next month at Kansas Speedway.

Kimmel, 53, figures prominently in the speedway’s record book. His four victories, four pole awards, 11 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes, 557 laps led and 21 career starts are all series track records.

The family name was still represented in Saturday’s lineup. Nephew Will Kimmel started fifth in the No. 69 Ford and finished 22nd.

MOVING UP: Brandon Jones will race full-time for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season, the team announced Friday.

The 18-year-old from Atlanta has kept a busy racing schedule this season.

The 300 on Saturday was his fifth XFINITY race and the Crosley Brands 150 was his ninth ARCA race. He finished 12th in that race. He’s also made 11 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and two in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East.

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