DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Saturday afternoon‘s season opener for the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway displayed a calmer start compared to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race the night before.
The race was filled with single file racing up against the wall; with less than five laps to go it was the same old songg. The only driver who really tried to make moves at the bottom was Chase Elliott. It was not shocking because he was the only one with the same technique during Thursday night’s Gander RV Duel event.
Due to the single file racing, the event helped many teams take their cars back home in one piece. That is significantly important for the small teams with less resources.
One of those was Ryan Sieg Racing, which had two cars finish in the top-10. The No. 39 Chevrolet piloted by Ryan Sieg finished fourth and the No. 93. Chevrolet driven by Jeff Green placed seventh. Furthermore, Sieg received stage points after finishing in the top-10 after the first stage.
“It’s great, its spectacular for both of our little teams out of Georgia to come home with two top-10s at Daytona,” Sieg told POPULAR SPEED. “Just fantastic, all the guys behind it is the reason this thing goes, and they work their tails off. We only got just a few guys so to do three cars it’s a lot of work and they put it all in. “
The hard work certainly paid off this weekend, marking his first top-five since Iowa in 2017. On the other hand, the last time Green finished in the top-10 was in 2017 at Talladega Superspeedway.
As we look ahead, Atlanta is the next circuit on the schedule. Strong starts to the season can be big for teams like Sieg’s.
“It’s a big deal, it’s always good to run good to start off the season and it does build confidence,” said Sieg. “You show that you can run towards the top-10. We’ll see how we stack up next week, but we should be pretty good, we’ve got some better stuff. We have new guys, new crew chief and they’re all part of it.”
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