Sieg Looks Forward To Bristol Challenge Mooresville, N.C. - With 36-degree banking looming and 16-second laps the norm, Shane Sieg looks forward to his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway. The driver of...
Sieg Looks Forward To Bristol Challenge
Mooresville, N.C. - With 36-degree banking looming and 16-second laps the norm, Shane Sieg looks forward to his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway. The driver of the Green Light Racing No. 07 Auto-Air Colors/Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet sees the race as a chance to grab his second top-10 finish of the season and gain points in both the NCTS championship standings and the race for the 2004 NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award.
"Bristol is a place where anything can happen," Sieg said. "It's tough to see around the corners, there is no time to react to something if it happens in front of you, and from what I hear, it's louder than you can ever imagine. It's all about staying out of trouble for 200 laps. If you can do that, keep the nose clean and the fenders on, you should have a good chance for a good finish.
"I have heard some people say Bristol is a great place to lose ground in the points but a hard place to make up points," Sieg continued. "Our goal is to run all night, to make 200 laps. If we can do that, there's a really good chance we can make up some points (in the championship standings and the rookie of the year chase)."
Sieg and the Green Light Racing team enter Bristol coming off a frustrating weekend in Nashville that saw the team fight an ill-handling truck to a 26th-place finish. However, the team made a call to stay out during a mid-race caution flag to lead a lap, the only rookie candidate to lead a lap at Nashville.
"I am so glad Nashville is behind us," Sieg said. "It was just one of those weekends where nothing went right. You always hear about things that 'never' happen. Well, we had about ten things like that happen to us in Nashville it seemed. I guess they call a weekend like that a character builder!"
Sieg hopes that a streak of good luck in the family carries over for him at Bristol. His younger brother, Ryan, won a 50-lap late model feature on August 14 at Lanier National Speedway.
"It sure would be nice if that kind of luck carried over," Sieg said. "I will be happy if we can unload fast, qualify in the top-20 and keep it out of trouble all day and come home in the top-10."
In 15 starts in 2004, Sieg has one top-10 finish (Milwaukee, 8th) and sits 20th in NCTS point standings. With 1647 points, he is just 94 points out of 15th. His average start is 24.7 and his average finish is 18.1, and he has led three laps so far this season. He has finished on the lead lap in 8 races to this point in 2004 and has earned $167,720. He currently sits third in the NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award standings with 130, behind leader David Reutimann (161 points) and Tracy Hines (138 points).