By David Morgan, NASCAR Contributor
When the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to the two restrictor plate tracks on the schedule, Daytona and Talladega, those tracks serve as the great equalizer and allow some of the smaller, lower budget teams to have the same chance at a win or top-five finish as the powerhouse teams in the series. That very thing held true once more in Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona.
Ryan Sieg, who drives for his own team, Ryan Sieg Racing, is most definitely an underdog among the giants of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but when it comes to the restrictor plate races, Sieg and his team turn things up a notch and find themselves near the front of the field more often than not.
With just one top-10 finish in the first 14 races of the 2016 season, Sieg rolled into Daytona, which was the site of Sieg’s previous career best finish of third back in July 2014, hoping to turn things around. Sieg would have his work cut out for himself to start the race with a 30th place start, but as the race progressed, Sieg settled into the top-10 and was biding his time just before the final restart of the night in overtime. When the dust settled after the race was brought to a end with a last lap caution that went to a video replay to determine the finishing order, Sieg was scored in third place, tying his career best NASCAR Xfinity Series finish.
P3 tonight at Daytona!Impossible to put it in words what it means. We may be a small team but we have huge heart!
— Ryan Sieg Racing (@RyanSiegRacing) July 2, 2016
We are ecstatic. It’s Impossible to put it in words what this means to our entire RSS team. We may be a small team but we have a huge heart.
— RSS Racing (@RSSRacing3993) July 2, 2016
Though Sieg and his team may be underdogs, the little team that could still shows that they won’t go lightly each time a restrictor plate race comes up on the schedule.