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Punches Thrown Between Ryan Reed, Ryan Sieg After Pocono Crash

Intensity hit an all-time high during the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway after a post-race confrontation involved Ryan Sieg, Ryan Reed and members of their XFINITY Series crews. Punches were thrown before the mess was broken up, emotions boiling over after an in-race incident between both drivers.

It all started with contact between Sieg and Reed coming out of Turn 1 early in the event. Sieg was racing on the outside of Reed before the No. 16 Ford ran high and forced the No. 39 machine into the outside wall.

“Went into Turn 1 and Ryan Reed – I should’ve been a little smarter than I was,” a furious Sieg said. “You can’t race around the kid. He’s got a lot of money and he’s got a Roush car but he can’t drive it. Just an idiot. Everywhere he goes, it seems like he’s always in a wreck.

“Money can’t buy skill, obviously, with him. We had a really good car but it just sucks you get torn up here in the garage and have nothing to show for it from somebody that obviously can’t see or he’s brain-dead, can’t drive… probably all three.”

Following the accident, a heated conversation turned physical in the garage area where punches were thrown. The crew of both teams got involved before the fight was broken up.

“There’s no talking to him,” Sieg continued. “He thinks he does nothing wrong. He hasn’t figured it out yet. Still young, I guess. He kept jabbing off at his mouth and I figured I’d shut it up for him. And then all the crew guys jumped in on me. I couldn’t get a hold of him.”

Reed, who later spun down the racetrack before getting pounded by Jeremy Clements in a lap 38 incident, called the Sieg contact a racing deal and claimed emotions simply ran high.

“It’s racing, so I look forward to talking about it in a calm, collected manner,” Reed said. “We both race every week. It’s not going to do us any good to get out there and have a battle royale.

“At the end of the day, it’s going to take two parties here to agree, and I think we need to sit down and have a mature conversation. Words were said. Emotions were high. If he’s mad at me, I’ll listen. We can give each other room, or we can go out there and wreck each other.”

Sieg said he was outnumbered as his low-budget No. 39 team has only a handful of members.

“We only had four against 20 [crewmen], so our odds were a little slim,” Sieg said. “We only have about four or five people on the car, at the shop and here at the track. Just outnumbered.”

“[The car] is not going to make it to Michigan. That’s the Michigan car so we’re going to have to thrash to get another one ready.”

Reed, for his part failed to finish a race for the first time this year. He has not recorded a top-10 finish since winning the XFINITY race at Daytona in February of 2015. Both men are fighting for spots inside the 12-man XFINITY Series Chase that begins this fall.

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Growing up in Easton, Pa., Zach Catanzareti has grown his auto racing interest from fandom to professional. Joining Frontstretch in 2015, Zach enjoys nothing more than being at the track, having covered his first half-season of 18 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. With experience behind the wheel, behind the camera and in the media center, he thrives on being an all-around reporter.

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    Biff Baynehouse

    Oh & btw, imo, the whole “Reed is a big money guy” objection is neither here nor there, as are the comically lame Mr. Logano objections. It’s just baseless & meaningless vitriol that only serves to identify him as emotionally unstable, indignant, & overflowing with violent jealousy (of Reed’s sponsor & RFR situation). The only way the “Reed money” whinge is legit, is if Reed drops a whack of Lilly’s or Drive to Stop Diabetes’ cash on the track & Seig wipes out in it. Aside from that, Reed’s & Sieg’s sponsors do not drive their cars.
    Also, it’s counter-intuitive to say Reed “can’t drive” & is “brain-dead” whilst YOU are behind HIM in the NXS point standings, is it not? It does not seem like a positive career move to talk about yourself that way on National TV Mr. Sieg!
    And one other quick note: 20 – 5 are not good odds! So, be a little smarter about who you are pitching a hissy fit with in the future, lest you will get your hat knocked off in by a dozen (or so) young “big money” RFR bucks!
    Better luck next time RSS Racing, sincerely

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      You must be a Reed fan. Tell me, how did that kid get that type of ride? Aside from his restrict or plate win what has he done other than wreck and cause problems for other drivers. Go to youtube and type in Ryan Reed fights and 3 or 4 will pop up. Quite a few for a kid whose only been racing for a year and a bit.

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        Biff Baynehouse

        I could easily say, do your own homework, but meh… I could easily say, you comments can be said of most of the race car drivers in the world today & throughout history, but meh… Here’s how & it is a very familiar bio to that of most of the young racers in the world today: Reed began racing at age 4, and in ’09, won the Legends Division championship at Irwindale Speedway. In ’10, he entered the Super Late Model Division, and became the track’s youngest Super Late Model winner, and won Rookie of the Year. At age 17, Reed moved from Bakersfield, California to Mooresville, North Carolina to focus on racing. In ’11, Reed ran in various series, including the Pro Allstars Series, Whelen All-American Series and the K&N Pro Series East. During the year, Reed was expected to run a Late Model as a development driver with Kyle Busch Motorsports until his diagnosis with type 1 diabetes. In December 2011, Reed was announced as a part-time driver in the ARCA Racing Series for Venturini Motorsports. Reed ran 14 events in the team’s No. 15, recording six top tens and a 14th-place points finish. In ’12, Reed made his NASCAR CWT debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the No. 5 for Wauters Motorsports, finishing 17th. In 2013, Reed joined Roush Fenway Racing in the NXS, driving No. 16 Ford Mustang, and running various races during the 2013 season with Eli Lilly and Company and the American Diabetes Association’s Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign as sponsor. Reed made his Nationwide debut in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway, finishing 16th. Reed ran six races during the season, recording his first top-ten after finishing 9th in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond. In ’13 Roush Fenway Racing announced that Reed would run the No. 16 in the ’14 NXS season full-time, with Lilly Diabetes and the ADA sponsoring full-time.
        Also know as: WORK!

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        Biff Baynehouse

        Im a Reed fan? What was your sign Josh? My handle perhaps?

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      Not sure if serious…