Madison, IL (September 7, 2008)-Shane Sieg in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra took to the track at the Gateway International Raceway Saturday, September 06, 2008 for the running of the Camping World 200 in the 11th place position after...
Madison, IL (September 7, 2008)-Shane Sieg in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra took to the track at the Gateway International Raceway Saturday, September 06, 2008 for the running of the Camping World 200 in the 11th place position after posting a time of 34.220 seconds at a speed of 131.502 mph.
Right off the truck Sieg was fast and it continued into the 200 mile, 180 lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. The drivers were ready to race this afternoon on the 1.25-mile concrete track just outside St. Louis, MO running three-wide by lap five. The first caution fell on lap seven with Sieg reporting loose race truck that plagued him in the hot afternoon sun.
Sieg continued to be loose out of turn three and four but held on to the Miccosukee Resort Tundra until his first pit stop on lap 22. The Billy Ballew Motorsports team made track bar and air pressure adjustments to try to tighten Sieg up. But still Sieg continued to be loose with the team making more track bar and wedge adjustments under caution on lap 60.
Sieg returned to the track in the 17th place position continuously improving his speed and line to try to correct the loose conditions. Sieg stayed in the top-20 gaining on the trucks ahead of him and pulling away from the ones behind him.
On lap 122, a multi-truck pileup occurred just in front of Sieg sending him down low clipping the curb getting some fender damage. The Miccosukee Resort NOS Sports Energy Drink Tundra team brought the truck back down pit road to pull out the fender and examine the truck for further damage. Thankfully, Sieg's damage was minimal and he was back out on the track for the restart in the 16th place position
With the sun going down and the temperatures cooling Sieg's truck began handling better in the corners giving him the opportunity to advance though the field moving to the 13th place position. Sieg was poised to continue his advancement but with another caution and a 10-lap shootout for the restart he ran out of time finishing in the 13th place position.
"We were so loose all the way though turns three and four and battled with that all day," Sieg said. "The truck really was dialing in when the outside temperatures cooled and the truck started to tighten. Unfortunately, we ran out of laps and time to get up to the top-10. We had a solid truck all weekend and I have to thank Billy Ballew and this Miccosukee Resort Toyota team for the opportunity to drive their equipment."
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch will step back into the No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Miccosukee Resort Tundra at the New Hampshire International Raceway for the 18th race of the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event Saturday, September 13th, 2008.