Solid Day for Sieg in Talladega Talladega, Alabama (October 8, 2007)- Shane Sieg piloted the No. 15 RedTop Auto Auction Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado NASCAR Craftsman Truck Saturday, October 6, 2007 in his career first race at the...
Solid Day for Sieg in Talladega
Talladega, Alabama (October 8, 2007)- Shane Sieg piloted the No. 15 RedTop Auto Auction Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado NASCAR Craftsman Truck Saturday, October 6, 2007 in his career first race at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. Sieg in his second start for the team has previous experience at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, but learned the Talladega Superspeedway is a track all by itself. Sieg was able to keep clean in the draft bringing home a 20th place finish in the Mountain Dew 250.
Sieg qualified the Craftsman Truck in the 25th place position for the 94-lap race. The truck had been set-up for race conditions since drafting at Talladega is crucial. Sieg was able to get right into the mix of the race, moving to the high and low sides of the track to advance position when the draft lanes moved. Sieg's Silverado posted three of the fastest laps of the race; one prior to lap 20 and also notched the statistic of being the fastest NASCAR Craftsman Truck on the front straightaway running an average speed of 191.642.
Fuel strategy can play out to be a big factor at the superspeedways tracks so crew chief Doug George brought Sieg down pit road to top off during the cautions taking two right side tires on the first stop and four tires on lap 53.
Sieg reported to the team that the Craftsman Truck was running hot with temperatures at 280 degrees forcing him to drop out of the draft to cool the radiator. Sieg's move kept him from several altercations that happened on the track during the seven caution periods of the night.
During the long green flag run on the track, Billy Ballew Motorsports teammates Kyle Busch and Sieg planned to pit together. On lap 53, Sieg followed Busch down pit road taking four tires and fuel with Busch only taking on fuel. Busch exited the pits after the refueling with Sieg being cited for driving too fast down pit lane. When Sieg came around to serve his drive through penalty, the caution flag flew trapping the RedTop Auto Auction Craftsman Truck a lap down to the leaders.
Despite being a lap down, Sieg continued to run consistent times avoiding all the melee in the front draft pack bringing home a solid finish of 20th for the Billy Ballew Motorsports team.
"I was over heating with the temperatures running so hot that I got out of the draft to cool the truck down," Sieg said. "I would have liked to run better tonight. I know we had the truck for it but I didn't want to overheat putting us out of the event. Boy that was a lot of fun out there. The drafting is incredible. I have to thank Billy Ballew for the opportunity to drive in his top notch equipment and all the guys on the team for putting together such a good truck."