LONG POND, Pa. – Ryan Sieg had hopes of taking the car he ran at Pocono Raceway on Saturday to Michigan next weekend, but RSS Racing has a lot of work to do to make that happen.
Sieg got into it with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed on track in the Pocono Green 250 before things then escalated in the garage. While neither driver confirmed there was a physical altercation, witness says the two did get together and crews had to intervene.
“He kept jabbing off, and I figured I’d shut it up for him,” Sieg said. “Then all the crew guys jumped in on me, and I couldn’t get a hold of him.”
Both the owner and driver of the No. 39 Chevrolet, there are only a handful of individuals who work for Sieg, and they were quickly outnumbered. But Sieg made sure his point was made with the media.
With their haulers parked next to each other in the garage, Sieg said Reed doesn’t believe he does anything wrong, and he hasn’t “figured it out yet.” Furthermore, Sieg said there is no talking to Reed.
“You can’t race around the kid. He’s got a lot of money, and he’s got a Roush car, but can’t drive it. Just an idiot,” Sieg continued. “Everywhere you go just seems like he’s in a wreck or whatever. Money can’t buy skill, obviously, with him.
“We had a really good car, but sucks get torn up here in the garage and have nothing to show for it from somebody that obviously can’t see, or he’s braindead, can’t drive. Probably all three.”
Reed emerged a short time later to address the media but didn’t have much to say. Passing the incident off as a racing deal, Reed admitted words were exchanged between the two drivers and that emotions ran high.
“It’s racing. I look forward to talking about it in a calm, cool, and collected manner and working it out,” Reed said. “We both race every week and it’s not going to do 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 here to agree, and I think we need to sit down and have a mature conversation and when that happens then that happens.”
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