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NXS: Ryan Sieg, RSS Racing Teams Start the Year Strong at Daytona

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(Photo: Ryan Sieg Twitter)

Daytona. The famed track where any driver, with any team can have a strong day.

However, there are some teams who consistently produce strong finishes each time they visit the 2.5-mile track.

RSS Racing showed yet again they are one of those teams when the NASCAR Xfinity Series took to the track Saturday afternoon for their season opener NASCAR Racing Experience 300.

The team which fields cars for Sieg (No.39), Jeff Green (No.93) and Josh Bilicki (No.38) all three drivers brought home their Chevrolet’s in one piece, something that doesn’t always happen at a track such as Daytona.

Sieg was fast since the No.39 Larry’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet unloaded, spending most of the first round of qualifying on Saturday morning at the top of the charts.

Sieg solidly would lock himself into the second round of qualifying, ultimately earning an 8th place starting result to start the season.

As the checkers waved and the last lap came to an end, Sieg would start the season out with a solid 4th place finish. Sieg’s top-5 at Daytona, is his third at the track. In only 11 starts at the speedway he has earned 3 top-5’s and 4 top-10 finishes.

2000 (Nationwide Series) Champion Jeff Green qualified his No. 93 Night Owl Contractors/C2 Freight Resources/Lombard Bros. Gaming Chevrolet to a 21st starting position.

Green would end his day with a solid run and a 7th place finish, his best finish with RSS Racing since finishing 11th with the team last February in this same race.

Josh Bilicki, new to RSS Racing this season in the No. 38 Dr. Squatch Soup Chevrolet qualified his Chevrolet to a 20th place starting position and would cross the checkers in the 23rd position.

A solid start to the season for all three of the RSS Racing Teams. All three teams Super Speedway cars went home on Saturday in one piece. While no team wants torn up race cars, for a small organization like RSS, it’s of utter importance to bring home their cars in one piece.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Sieg some questions on the race at Daytona and the series next stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Here is what he had to say.

Sarah Handy: What a way to start the season! a 4th place result at Daytona. Why do you think no one really tried to make a move there at the end? You seemed like you wanted to go.

Ryan Sieg: It was an incredible start to the year. If someone would have made a move at the end, I would have gone with them. Unfortunately, with us being the small team in the mix I knew our help would be limited so I had to stick with the high lane.

SH: Your car seemed fast right from the time the team unloaded. You held the top spot for a majority of the first round of qualifying. Would you say it was one of the best Super Speedway cars you’ve had?

RS: Yes. For sure. Best car we have ever had on a plate track and best motor.

SH: RSS Racing as a whole started the season off strong with you and Jeff Green having top-10 results, Josh Bilicki coming home 23rd, and all the cars are still in one piece. You have to be happy with those results especially when Daytona usually has so many unknowns?

RS: It makes our life so much easier. Going down there and wrecking 3 cars like we did last July can cost us a lot of money. I’m really proud of Jeff and Josh for doing such a great job. We have a great team this year.

SH: Next up the series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway, what are your thoughts on that track and the racing it provides?

RS: Atlanta is really tough because the surface is so old and worn out. I think we are going to bring our best car we have ever had to that race as well. I’m hoping we show some good speed again.

Fantasy Note: In 5 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sieg has 1 top 20 with a career best 16th at the track which came in 2016 and 5 top-25 finishes. In this same race last season Sieg earned a 22nd place result after starting in the 28th position.

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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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