Las Vegas: Shane Sieg preview

Mooresville, N.C. - Shane Sieg will be making his second-career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Sieg made four starts in the NCTS in 2003, including one in Las Vegas. When he climbs aboard the No. 07...

Mooresville, N.C. - Shane Sieg will be making his second-career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Sieg made four starts in the NCTS in 2003, including one in Las Vegas. When he climbs aboard the No. 07 Auto Air Colors/Lucas Oil Chevrolet this weekend in the Las Vegas 350, he will look to improve upon last year's 15th-place finish.

"We started off with four races at the end of last season, and we seemed to do pretty well," Sieg said. "We were in the top-20 in all four races and felt pretty competitive. The level of competition has increased so much in 2004 that it can be tough for an independent team like ours to be competitive week in and week out. But we have made some really good progress here the past couple of weeks and I have learned a lot too. It will be an uphill climb for us any time we go to a speedway, but I am optimistic about it. I know these guys are still putting in 14 and 16 hour days to get us ready, and if effort means anything, we should be pretty good out there."

Sieg also ran the NASCAR Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. He will use some of what he learned in that race to help him this weekend.

"We didn't make a whole lot of laps out there in March," he said. "We ended up getting caught up in someone else's wreck and it ended our day early. But when you're a rookie, any time you get additional experience can only help you, and I think we learned a little more about the track when we ran that Busch car."

Sieg currently sits 19th in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points, and is third in Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings. He has notched his best career finish in 2004, 8th at Milwaukee in June. His average start is 25.7, and his average finish is 18.5. He has finished on the lead lap in 9 of 18 starts in 2004.

Sieg and the Green Light Racing No. 07 Auto Air Colors/Green Light Racing Chevrolet will get the green flag in the Las Vegas 350 shortly after 10 P.M. Eastern on Saturday night. The race is scheduled for live telecast on Speed Channel and can be heard live on select affiliates of the Motor Racing Network. The race is also schedule for live broadcast on NASCAR Radio 144 on XM Satellite Radio.

-www.greenlightracing.com

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