Mooresville, N.C. -- Shane Sieg drove the No. 07 Auto Air Colors/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet to a 18th-place finish in last Thursday's Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Sieg started the event deep...
Mooresville, N.C. -- Shane Sieg drove the No. 07 Auto Air Colors/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet to a 18th-place finish in last Thursday's Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Sieg started the event deep in the pack and steadily made progress toward the top-20, avoided trouble within sight of the checkered flag, and brought his truck home for a solid finish.
"That was a pretty rough race right there," Sieg said. "I got tagged pretty hard doing down the backstretch and just about lost it going into turn three. I was pretty lucky to hold on to it. It wouldn't have taken a whole lot more for me to get sideways going into the turn and take a couple of us out."
That wasn't the only trouble Sieg encountered. Coming to take the white flag, he drove into turn three and came upon a huge smokescreen caused when Matt Crafton spun in front of him.
"In a situation like that, you just have to hope for the best," he said. Smoke was everywhere, from the top to the bottom. You just pick a lane and hope it's open when you get there.
"We're pretty happy with the way we ran today. There are a lot of guys out there that had a lot of trouble today and got torn up. There was a lot of stuff going on out there and to avoid it all and come home in one piece, and in the top-20, is a good day."
With Richmond solidly in the rear-view mirror, the attention is now focused on getting the No. 07 Auto Air Colors/Lucas Oil Chevrolet ready for the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway. The last event on a flat one-mile oval saw Sieg pick up his career-best NCTS finish, eighth, at the Milwaukee Mile in June.
"I'm looking forward to getting up there and seeing what the place is like," he said. "When you go to these flat tracks, it puts a little more emphasis on the driver. It levels the playing field out a little bit for some of the smaller independent teams like us. The guys have been working 16 hours a day here the past couple of weeks to help get us caught up, and we'd like to go get a finish like we did at Milwaukee."
The Sylvania 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for this Saturday, September 18 and will be televised live on Speed Channel. The race will also be broadcast live on selected affiliates of the Motor Racing Network, and can be heard on NASCAR Radio 144 on XM Satellite Radio.