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NXS: Ryan Sieg Excited to Compete in Chase for Family Team

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JOLIET, Ill. – Ryan Sieg earned a hard fought 12th-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway to clinch a spot in the inaugural Chase. With the reseeded points standings, Sieg is in the ninth position in the championship standings heading to the opening race of the playoffs next weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

“It was a great run and we got better and better each run. We need to get a little bit better for next week to try and make it in to the next round,” Sieg told Rubbings Racing on pit road. “This is huge that we’re in the first Chase. I’m excited and ready to go.”

Sieg pilots the No. 39 Chevrolet for his family owned team based in Tucker, Georgia. RSS Racing has competed in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series since 2008 and currently fields a two car effort in XFINITY competition with Sieg’s No. 39 and the No. 93 Chevrolet.

“It’s a big deal for us to be competing with Cup-affiliated teams,” Sieg said of his small family team. “I’m excited to see what we can do. It’s going to be huge if we can make it to the next round.”

Compared to powerhouse Cup-affiliated teams like Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing, Sieg’s team is significantly smaller.

“We have two teams and we only have about six mile-and-a-half cars. Three go to them and three go to us. We’re pretty small and we have just a couple of guys at the shop. It’s not ten people working on one car. We usually only have three or four at the most.”

The seven-race, three-round Chase format begins with the Round of 12 which includes Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte before four are eliminated prior to the Round of 8 which includes Kansas, Texas and Phoenix. The Final Four will compete for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“The best track in the first round for me is Dover,” Sieg said. The 29-year-old driver has an average finish of 16th in five XFINITY Series starts at the Monster Mile.

Sieg indicated the plan was to take the same car just raced at Chicagoland to Kentucky, where he finished 20th in July on the newly repaved 1.5-mile track.

“Since the repave at Kentucky we struggled just a little bit but they’re coming back with a different tire for next weekend so I think we should be pretty good.”

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Brian Eberly (@beberly18) is a Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Field Accounting at a transportation company, but when he isn’t at the office you can most likely find him at a racetrack, watching a race on television, or following the action on social media. Eberly became interested in NASCAR in the nineties when Jeff Gordon was dominating the scene, and became hooked when he attended his first race with his dad in 1999 at Michigan International Speedway. Eberly has been writing about NASCAR since 2012 for various websites. An Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate, Eberly travels throughout the Midwest covering racing events in multiple series. When not following racing, he can be found on the golf course (usually trying to find his golf ball) and following the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and of course the NIU Huskies.

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