By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Ryan Sieg had his strongest NASCAR Xfinity Series race to date with a third-place result in the two-day Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Saturday’s race was only 50 laps old before the rain pushed the conclusion of the 200 lap race to Sunday evening. One of the stories already was Sieg working his way from the 32nd starting position up to 18th.
With a promising No. 39 CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet Camaro and Kevin “Cowboy” Starland on top of the pit box, it didn’t took much longer for the 32-year-old to showcase what he’s really made of.
Not only Sieg impressed, he was a contender as he raced against the powerhouses of Team Penske’s Austin Cindric and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe. He stayed inside the top-five for much of the race and at one point was catching Cindric for the race lead.
That battle development came into halt after Noah Gragson turned Myatt Snider around in Turn 4 on Lap 162, bringing out the fifth and final caution.
Final stops were made but Sieg would exit from second to third and didn’t contend for the race win any longer. The benefactor was Briscoe, who not only exited out in first he scored his third career Xfinity Series win as well.
While Sieg’s best run of his eight-year career didn’t result in a win, drivers came by his No. 39 CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet Camaro to congratulate him on a job well-done as Las Vegas marked his sixth career top-five, only the third outside of Daytona.
“Our car was just getting good. We were really good off the corner and had a lot of grip on exit,” Sieg on his race result. “I got to thank CMR Construction & Roofing, Roser, Eco Chief. They all stuck with us and stayed with us again this year.
“All the guys at the shop have worked hard this off season and really tried to get everything where it needed to be. It was just awesome to drive all night.”
Sieg will head to Auto Club Speedway seventh in points, his best start of his career after just two races.