By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer
Ryan Sieg captured his best finish of the 2020 season on Saturday evening, a second-place result in the Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Following the conclusion of event, the owner and driver of the No. 39 CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet was credited with a third-place finish. However, that would change post-race following the disqualification of JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett who originally was scored second. With Annett’s disqualification due to failing to meet height requirements, it moved him to 37th and everyone else up one spot including Sieg.
The second place finish marked back-to-back Top-five finishes for the driver and his small family run team.
“Our family run team finished top-five two weeks in a row,” stated Sieg. “I’m very fortunate to get to do what I do, I can’t thank my mom and dad and CMR enough. You always want to get that win so you don’t have to worry about the Roval but I feel we can at least get a Top-10 out of the Roval and have a pretty good day and hopefully find ourselves going to the next round.”
Sieg ran a consistent race at Talladega and earned crucial stage points. He went on to finish the first stage in seventh and the second stage in the eighth position.
2nd place at Talladega! What a roller coaster of a race. We now have a 27 point advantage going into the last race of round one. So proud of our CMR Construction & Roofing team. Thank you everyone for the continued support. pic.twitter.com/NHihaygIfr
— Ryan Sieg Racing (@RyanSiegRacing) October 4, 2020
The Georgia native continues to have a career year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, earning six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 28 starts. Sieg has already bested his top-five finishes from last season which sat at only two. While Sieg is still seeking his first career win in the Xfinity Series, he heads into the final race of the first round of the playoffs sixth in the standings with a 27-point advantage for the cut off.
Sieg will look to have a better run next weekend at the Roval then he had one year ago. In last year’s event he was credited with a disappointing 30th place finish. His plan is to be aggressive and have no mistakes.
“Be aggressive, do all we can do, get stage points and finish hopefully in the Top-10 at the Roval. Have no mistakes, we’ve had some mechanical failures of our own and we wrecked the year before so hopefully we turn that around and have a good day.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 can be seen Saturday October 10 live at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
One race from his first trip to the Round of 8.@RyanSiegRacing matches his career-best with a runner-up #XfinitySeries finish. It's the 2nd time that he's had back-to-back top five's (both coming in 2020). pic.twitter.com/EXlq0hm9aL
— Xfinity Racing (@XfinityRacing) October 4, 2020
Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo