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DGR-Crosley to Field Ryan Reed at Las Vegas

DGR-Crosley will have Ryan Reed on board its No. 17 truck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in March, the team announced in a press release Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Reed, who lost his ride after Roush Fenway shuttered its Xfinity program at the end of 2018, has two Xfinity wins, both at Daytona International Speedway, to his credit.

Diabetes care and management company Dexcom, Inc. will be on board to sponsor the Toyota of Reed, who has type-1 diabetes. Reed uses their products on a daily basis to monitor his glucose levels.

“I’m thankful to everyone who has played a part in getting me back behind the wheel of a racecar,” Reed said in a team release. “Dexcom plays a huge part in my daily life and being able to manage my diabetes every day, and it’s cool to be able to connect them to another part of my life that I’m so passionate about.

“I was in Daytona over the weekend, and it was really disappointing to be there and not be racing. I’m thankful for Dexcom, David [Gilliland, team owner] and DGR-Crosley for giving me the opportunity to race again.”

Team owner Gilliland drove the No. 17 at Daytona in February, and showed that the team could run up front. Gilliland led 16 laps, finishing 13th.

“Ryan has a lot of experience behind the wheel,” Gilliland said. “We are thrilled to welcome him to our program at DGR-Crosley.”

DGR-Crosley will enter three trucks at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Natalie Decker and Anthony Alfredo behind the wheels of the other two machines.

Reed is only scheduled for the one race in the No. 17 but hopes to have more opportunities in the future.

In a full season in the Xfinity Series in 2018, he scored two top fives and 10 top 10s, finishing 11th in points.

He last competed in the Truck Series in 2012, finishing 17th at Las Vegas for Wauters Motorsports.

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Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. Currently attending VCU, he broadcasts and writes about sports for the college's athletic organizations. He has been a racing fan since he was three years old, inheriting this passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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