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NXS: Ryan Sieg 2019 Season Preview

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NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Sieg will be looking to have another successful season behind the wheel when the NXS officially kicks off on Saturday February 16 with the Daytona 300 from Daytona International Speedway.

The owner and driver of RSS Racing is coming off another consistent season where he finished 16th in the championship standings, had 21 top-20 finishes and 2 top-10 finishes.

Sieg is confident he can make the playoffs this season “We feel really good about our 2019 prospects. We feel like we have the parts and people to make a run at the chase this year, Sieg said.”

The 31-year old’s best finish of the season came at Talladega Superspeedway in the Spring when he finished in the sixth position in the No. 39 Alabama Soda & Abrasive Blasting Chevrolet.

Daytona is a track where Sieg has had some of his best career finishes. In 10 starts he has 3 top-10s and 2 top-5 finishes, with his best finish of third coming twice (2014, 2016).

When asked his thoughts on racing at NASCAR’s most prestigious track, “It’s a crap shoot really. Try and avoid the wrecks and get a good finish. We always try and play it safe at the plate races, Sieg said.”

RSS Racing may be a small team but look for him to come out rolling in a few short weeks. Since 2014, Sieg has yet to finish worse than 16th in the NXS standings.

Sieg knows the importance of having sponsors from previous seasons returning.

“We have some amazing sponsors that have supported us over the years. We work with a lot of smaller companies in the market of the race. We try and give them value on and off the track. I’m grateful for everyone who has and continues to support RSS, said Sieg.”

I asked Sieg back in October if he had any expectations for 2019, Sieg said, “Where we run pretty much depends on how many well-funded cars there are. It’s the truth. We aren’t going to beat those guys on a consistent basis, so we got to finish the best we can and beat the cars we need to beat.”

Former 2000 Busch Series Champion (now Xfinity Series) Jeff Green will return to RSS Racing for the 2019 season. Green spent most of the 2018 season as a start-and-park car, but he did manage to pull off two top-15 finishes at Daytona (11th in February) and Talladega (13th), respectively.

When asked if the plan was for Green to run the full season or have more a start-and-park like last season, Sieg said, “We are racing at Daytona with Jeff and hopefully others. It’s one of those deals where sponsors talk about doing half the season with Jeff racing and then it gets time to write the check and they don’t want to do it. That’s happened to us multiple times where we have someone wanting to race and the money isn’t there. At that point you either shut the car down or start and park.”

The team ran a third car last season with a number of different drivers such as J.J. Yeley, Angela Ruch, Stephen Leicht, and Brian Henderson.

Sieg is hoping to find funding for a third car but for now the team will continue to operate as a two-car team with himself and Green.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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