Mooresville, N.C. - Shane Sieg heads to this weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on the rebound after a flat tire derailed his efforts in the last event in Indianapolis. Sieg and his Green Light Racing team...
Mooresville, N.C. - Shane Sieg heads to this weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on the rebound after a flat tire derailed his efforts in the last event in Indianapolis. Sieg and his Green Light Racing team look for a solid effort out of their No. 07 Auto-Air Colors/Lucas Oil Chevrolet to make up some ground in the NCTS Raybestos Rookie of the Year competition as well as to get back in the running for a top-15 points finish.
"We need to right the ship after last week," Sieg said. "We did everything we were supposed to do, but got bit by a little bad luck. We believe in the old saying that you make your own luck, but that was something out of our hands. We must have hit a small piece of debris and cut a tire down. It could have happened to anyone, but it happens that it happened to us. It hurt us in both points battles, but we have plenty of time to make it up."
While disappointed with the finish in Indianapolis, Sieg hopes the team's performance carries over to Nashville.
"The positive side of things is we had a great truck at IRP," he said. "After we had that flat tire, we came back out and ran with the leaders for quite a while. The truck was handling really well and the power was there. If we can get the Auto-Air Colors Chevy running that well at Nashville, and we can stay out of trouble we should have a decent finish. It is a pretty tricky place from what I hear, so we're going to work hard on staying out of someone else's problem."
Sieg is attempting to make his 19th career NCTS start. After 14 NCTS races in 2004, he sits 19th in points and is third behind leader David Reutimann and Tracy Hines in Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. He is just 22 points behind Reutimann for the Rookie of the Year award, and sits just 81 points out of 15th in the NCTS championship standings. His average start in 2004 is 24.1 while his average finish is 17.4. He has led two laps so far this season, and has been running at the finish of 12 of the 14 races so far. He has finished among the lead lap finishers in seven of the 14 races in 2004.
The Toyota Tundra 200 from Nashville Superspeedway is scheduled for live broadcast on Speed Channel, starting at 5 P.M. Eastern on Saturday. 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.