By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
A quiet day for Ryan Sieg to make the playoffs turned into anything but that after a disqualification post-race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Sieg had finished 14th in the Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The No. 39 Lombard Bros. Gaming Chevrolet Camaro SS had run on the lead lap until the final stage of the race. Green flag pit stops and a fuel mileage strategy by Tyler Reddick left the driver-owner one lap down.
The disqualification does not affect the playoff grid as Sieg entered Las Vegas 124-points ahead of Gray Gaulding, the first driver on the outside looking in. Before reseeding and after the disqualification, the Tucker, GA native has an 86-point cushion over Gaulding.
The No. 39 failed heights in post-race technical inspection. In addition to the top finishing cars being inspected by NASCAR, other playoff grid cars, including Sieg’s were inspected.
After the reseeding for the playoffs, Sieg is 11th on the playoff grid. He is four points behind Noah Gragson, who holds the cutoff for the Round of Eight, and 54-points behind points leader Christopher Bell.
The RSS Racing driver becomes the fourth driver in a Xfinity Series race to receive a disqualification joining AJ Allmendinger (twice), Bell, and Denny Hamlin.
It is just the sixth time that a driver has been disqualified in a NASCAR National Series since NASCAR implemented the policy earlier this season. Sieg is currently the lowest finishing driver to run afoul of the new policy.