Shane Sieg newest Georgian in rookie class

Pendleton, IN (March 10, 2003) -- Honing his racing skills in the Southeast Series (formerly All Pro) and Southern All Stars Series, Atlanta (GA) late model racer Shane Sieg moves to the ASA Racing Series in 2003 for his freshman season. Sieg will...

Pendleton, IN (March 10, 2003) -- Honing his racing skills in the Southeast Series (formerly All Pro) and Southern All Stars Series, Atlanta (GA) late model racer Shane Sieg moves to the ASA Racing Series in 2003 for his freshman season. Sieg will challenge for the prestigious $50,000 to-win Rookie of the Year Championship in America's premier short track stock car series. Sieg joins a growing list of competitors from the Peach State including 2002 National Champion Joey Clanton, 2003 rookie candidates Reed Sorenson and Dwayne Buggay.

"ASA is where I need to be racing in 2003," said Shane Sieg. "I feel we have a pretty good opportunity to win the rookie championship. I gained a lot of experience in the Southeast and Southern All Stars and hopefully I can apply some of that knowledge to our ASA program."

Sieg follows in the steps of drivers moving from the Southeast series to ASA with the most recent high profile transition being that of two-time series champion Mike Cope. The Florida ace finished seventh in the 2001 ASA standings and grabbed rookie runner- up honors.

"If you have aspirations of moving to the Busch Series, ASA is a great place to learn. With every race on Speed Channel, that will provide a lot of possibility for me to showcase my talents. The high level of competition can only make me a better racecar driver."

In 1990, Sieg began his driving career, starting in the go-kart division. The Georgia competitor raced in go-karts and in 1999 moved to late model stocks. In 2000, Sieg competed in the Southeast Series and additionally in the Southern All-Stars Racing Series. He made 25 appearances in both series, producing six top-five finishes and 10 top 10's. Sieg continued to race in Southeast from 2001-2002.

Sieg will drive the number 39 car in 2003, guided by crew chief Larry Rapp. The duo previously worked together and expects to experience success in the ultra-competitive ASA Racing Series.

"Hopefully we can test prior to the season-opening event at Lakeland so we can get more familiar with the BFGoodrich Radial Tires and the fuel-injected engines. We have just one car to start the season, so its important we can get off to a good start," Sieg added.

The ASA Racing Series begins its 2003 season on March 22 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland (FL) with the Jani-King 200. This marks the series fifth trip to the .75-mile oval. Eventual 2002 National Champion Joey Clanton won last year's season opener at the track.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Joey Clanton , Shane Sieg , Reed Sorenson