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NASCARNASCAR Xfinity SeriesLate-race gamble earns Sieg Kansas top-five

Late-race gamble earns Sieg Kansas top-five

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

The timing of late race cautions allowed Ryan Sieg to gamble for the win in the Kansas Lottery 250.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway appeared to be a caution-free race, aside from the competition caution and stage breaks. With a 78-lap green flag run, Sieg stayed on track in his No. 39 Chevrolet Camaro SS. He had all but eight cars trapped one lap down until he pitted.

Although Sieg fell a lap behind during his pit stop, his fresh tires allowed him to almost immediately un-lap himself. He circulated just outside the top-10 until a caution waved with three to go for Joe Graf Jr. While the rest of the NASCAR Xfinity Series field pitted, Sieg gambled and remained on track to take the lead.

In the first attempt at overtime, Sieg spun his tires but was pushed to the lead by Harrison Burton. Burton and Austin Cindric blew by the RSS Racing machine before another caution waved. Reverting to the last scoring loop, Sieg returned to the top of the running order.

On the final overtime restart the Tucker, GA native launched forward, clearing his competition. However, on older tires, Sieg quickly lost the lead to Burton and Cindric. Brandon Jones also snuck by, dropping the 33-year-old to fourth. He held off fellow Chevrolet driver Ross Chastain to take the checkered flag in fourth.

Sieg took to Twitter to explain that he and his team needed that top-five finish:

Prior to the green flag pit cycle during the long green flag run, Sieg had not broken into the top-10. He started 16th following the random draw for the starting grid.

The fourth-place finish is the third top-five for Sieg this season and eighth of his Xfinity Series career. The driver for the family-owned team now has more top-five finishes in 2020 than he has had in a single season prior to this season.

The fourth-place finish also breaks a two-race streak of Sieg failing to finish due to suspension failures.

The top-five finish kept Sieg in 11th in the points standings, 34-points ahead of the playoff cutoff held by Brandon Brown. He is also 314-points behind leader Cindric.

Seth Eggert
Seth Eggert
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world. In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019. When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.


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