Indy IRP: Shane Sieg preview

Mooresville, N.C. - Shane Sieg heads to Indianapolis Raceway Park looking to pick up his second top-10 finish if the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, and make up some ground in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year championship. His Green...

Mooresville, N.C. - Shane Sieg heads to Indianapolis Raceway Park looking to pick up his second top-10 finish if the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, and make up some ground in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year championship. His Green Light Racing team will have the same No. 07 Auto-Air Colors/Lucas Oil Chevrolet that carried Sieg to a top-10 finish at Milwaukee in June.

"This team has always been very good on short tracks and flat tracks," Sieg said. "No one gets around a short track any better than Bobby Dotter does, and we have definitely leaned on him for some input as we head to IRP. He has a lot of laps there, and has run well there in the Busch cars as well as the Trucks. We're taking a really good truck, one we have had some success with in the past, so we'll have a really good chance at running up with the leaders at IRP."

Sieg will be making his debut at the tricky, flat 0.686-mile oval.

"The groove is right up next to the wall at IRP," he said. "I don't have a lot of experience running places like that, but I am sure we'll get used to it in a hurry. I love short track racing. I really puts all of us back on a level playing field. We really think we can come and run with some of these big teams on a short track."

"It is a major accomplishment to look at where we sit in the standings," Sieg said. "We don't have the big budget to go test every week and go to the wind tunnel twice a month. But we are running with and beating some of the teams that do. I have to give all the credit in the world to the Green Light Racing team, Doug Howe, Bobby Dotter, and all the guys. These guys give it all they have and you have seen that in our results on the track."

Sieg will look to make his 18th career NCTS start. He currently sits 16th in 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points and is second to David Reutimann in Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. His average start in 2004 is 23.5 while his average finish is 17.3. He has led two laps so far this season, and has been running at the finish of 11 of the 13 races so far. He has finished among the lead lap finishers in seven of the 13 races in 2004.

The Power Stroke Diesel 200 from Indianapolis Raceway Park is scheduled for live broadcast on Speed Channel, starting at 9 P.M. Eastern on Friday. The race will also be broadcast live on select Motor Racing Network radio affiliates nationwide and can be heard on NASCAR Radio 144 on XM Satellite Radio.

-www.greenlightracing.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Dotter , Shane Sieg