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Sieg surprised by second-place finish
Ryan Sieg talks about his career-best second-place finish at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Truex has near-miss with sliding Sieg
Martin Truex Jr. scoots past a spinning, sliding Ryan Sieg , whose No. 23 Toyota hits the grass infield at Michigan.
Ryan Sieg's Darlington scheme honors Dale Jarrett
RELATED: Full Darlington coverage " Throwback paint schemes Sugar Hill, GA (August 29, 2016) - RSS Racing is pleased to announce that Tri County Landscape will return as a primary sponsor for three more races in 2016 starting at Darlington Raceway . In addition to Darlington, TCL will be on the No. 39 car at Richmond and Charlotte. At Darlington, the team will run a special throwback paint scheme resembling the famous colors that Dale Jarrett ran in the late '90s. Ryan Sieg commented, "I'm thrilled to have TCL back for three more races and I'm honored to drive this special color scheme at Darlington. Growing up, our family always stayed at the same condo in Daytona as Robert Yates, Dale Jarrett, and their team. He was always one of my favorites and I think I even got tossed in the pool by DJ a few times one year! Needless to say, this will be a fun weekend for everyone involved." Sieg continues to hold down the 12th spot in points with three races left before the Chase begins for NASCAR's XFINITY Series. The RSS team will have two practices on Friday before qualifying and racing Saturday at Darlington. Dale Jarrett's red-white-and-blue paint scheme from 1997
For small teams of Sieg , Koch, Chase berth feels like a win
RELATED: Chicagoland race results " Chase Grid JOLIET, Ill. – Ryan Sieg rebounded from a pit-road speeding penalty and an errant pit stop. Blake Koch said it was a race-long vibration that raised his concerns. But the two drivers and their respective teams persevered to come home with top-15 finishes in Saturday’s Drive for Safety 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway and clinched spots in the series’ inaugural Chase. Sieg wound up 12th while Koch battled to a 15th- place finish in the 200-lap race. "We're going to have to be top 15 or better each race, be on our game and make no mistakes," said Sieg , driver of the No. 39 Chevrolet for RSS Racing. "If some other people make mistakes, we can benefit from that and make it to the next round. "You've got to race hard and get everything out of everybody; it's going to be a struggle but we're ready for it." Sieg , 29, will enter the seven-race playoff seeded ninth, 12 points behind Saturday's race winner, top-seeded Erik Jones ( Joe Gibbs Racing ). Sieg is not alone – nine of the 12 drivers in the field qualified for the Chase on points, and will begin with 2,000-point total after the reset. It's a daunting task for Sieg's group, as well as for Koch and others who have seen Sprint Cup -affiliated teams dominate the competition this season. But they'll all be racing for the same hardware come next week, and to be among the handful in that position is a win in itself. "This is huge," Sieg said. "It's like a race within a race – the Cup affiliated teams and the smaller teams. We're one of the top two smaller car teams. This is like our little championship here. It's exciting; I'm ready to go to the next three." For Koch, it was a stressful event at Chicagoland, in part brought on by a season spent on the Chase bubble. The vibration in the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet only made matters worse. The concern in his voice as the race wound down wasn't anything new. "How about a little concern in my voice all race long?" said Koch, who called the event "the biggest XFINITY race I've ever been a part of. "I had this little vibration that just scared me. When you're in this tight of a points battle you want everything to feel perfect and I had a vibration through my shifter; I don't know where it was. It never went away, it never got worse." It was not the first time the issue had cropped up; the last time it did, Koch said, he failed to finish the race. "So it just had my stomach in knots," the 31-year-old said. “Chris (Rice, crew chief) was able to use his psychology and get my head off of it and just race the race." The XFINITY Chase format consists of seven races and three rounds, with four drivers eliminated at the conclusion of each of the first two rounds. The drivers in the Championship 4 will go to Homestead-Miami Speedway to determine the champion. The Round of 12 will consist of stops at Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte while Kansas, Texas and Phoenix make up the Round of 8 races. "I feel like I've been points racing all year, like I've been the guy on the bubble every single race," Koch said. “You're going to have to be smart at Kentucky and get through there with a solid finish but then I think you can go to Dover and let it all hang out."
Sieg , Reed have incident in Pocono Garage
LONG POND, Pa. -- An incident between Ryan Reed and Ryan Sieg on the race track spilled over into a garage altercation involving their crews during a rain delay in the NASCAR XFINITY Series' inaugural event at Pocono Raceway on Saturday. Reed and Sieg made contact in the 24th lap of the Pocono Green 250 , a bump that sent Sieg's No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet into the outside retaining wall. Reed continued but crashed on Lap 40, putting his Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford behind the wall for extensive repairs. With both drivers and crews in the Pocono garage during a rain delay that ultimately halted the race after 53 of a scheduled 100 laps, Sieg and Reed engaged in a shouting match that evolved into a crewmember scrum. The drivers were physically separated, but hurt feelings persisted even after the incident had died down. "Went over to talk about what happened with Ryan Reed , but he obviously does nothing wrong," Sieg said. "I guess he's just brain-dead or stupid, I don't know which one. Probably both. We got wrecked. Any time you get around him, you always see him up in the fence or he always gets up in the fence. Just hate it. We had a really good car, and this is our car next week for Michigan, so now we're going to have to go back and thrash, which just sucks, you know what I mean." By coincidence, the teams' haulers were parked next to each other in the XFINITY garage. "I tried to talk to him, but there is no talking to him," Sieg said. "It wouldn't get through, you know what I mean. I figured he'd say, 'I apologize,' or whatever, but no, he didn't say that. It escalated and then he wouldn't shut his mouth, so I figured I'd shut it for him but none of his pit guys would let me do it, so it is what it is." Reed had his own version of what happened, saying he hoped to discuss the incident later in a less heated environment. "It was just a racing deal. Emotions run high, obviously, and that's racing," said Reed, the winner of the Daytona season opener last year. "I look forward to talking about it in a calm, cool, collected manner and working it out. Obviously we both race every week, and it's not going to do us any good to go out there and get into a battle royal, but at the end of the day, it's going to take two parties to agree and I think that we need to sit down and have a mature conversation and when that happens, then that happens." The two drivers, both in their third full season of XFINITY competition, had similar issues running in close quarters last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Sieg was inching toward a top-10 finish when contact with a laps-down Reed derailed his run. Through 12 races both drivers are currently in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase field. "I think he was upset about just racing each other hard," Reed said of their most recent run-in, "and so like I said, I have no problem sitting down and talking about it and working through, and if he's mad at me, I'll listen. We can go give each other room or we can go out there and wreck each other, but I don't see what good that does." MORE: Complete race results
Koch and Sieg secure NXS Chase berth
Blake Koch and Ryan Sieg secure berth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase after decent finishes at Chicagoland Speedway.
Sieg : 'I tried talking to him'
Ryan Reed and Ryan Sieg react to an on-track incident that spilled over to the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage between their two teams.
Sieg intentionally spins Clements
A frustrated Ryan Sieg intentionally turns Jeremy Clements at Kentucky Speedway.
Wheel falls off Sieg ’s car, collects Lajoie
Ryan Sieg ’s left-rear tire falls off the No. 39 car and collects the No. 98 of Corey Lajoie.
Drivers avoid Sieg as he spins
Drivers are forced to make moves as Ryan Sieg spins off the turn.