NASCAR

Ryan Sieg to make Cup Series debut at Dover

Ryan Sieg will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, driving for BK Racing. The news was initially revealed on Tuesday when he was included on NASCAR’s entry list for the race.

Sieg currently competes in the Xfinity Series, driving the #39 for family-operated RSS Racing. Since his first full-time season in 2014, he has recorded six top-10 finishes, including two 3rd-place runs at the Daytona July race in 2014 and 2016. He concluded the 2016 season with his best points finish of 9th, in which he also qualified for the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase before being eliminated after the first round. After the first ten races of 2017, Sieg has recorded a top-20 in three races, including a best finish of 12th at Talladega Superspeedway; he is currently 14th in the standings.

Prior to racing in the Xfinity Series, Sieg was a regular in the Camping World Truck Series, running the full 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons with RSS. He ended each year with points finishes of 15th, 19th, 15th and 17th, respectively, as he placed in the top-10 on six occasions with a best finish of 6th in the 2012 race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Sieg will drive the #83 Toyota Camry for BK with sponsorship from JAS Expedited Trucking. For the first twelve races of the 2017 season, the car was driven by rookie Corey LaJoie, who is currently 34th in the standings with a best finish of 24th at the Daytona 500 and Bristol’s Food City 500. JAS is a family-owned, Michigan-based trucking company and sponsor of LaJoie for April’s Food City 500. Gray Gaulding will partner Sieg as he continues to drive the #23 car; also a rookie, Gaulding has competed in every race minus the Daytona 500 (run by Joey Gase) and is 36th in points with a best finish of 20th at Talladega.

The Tucker, Georgia native joins Floridian Ross Chastain as one of two drivers making their Cup Series debut at Dover. Points-wise, Sieg holds the advantage over Chastain’s 20th-place standing.

The AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover will be held on Sunday, June 4.

Featured image courtesy of NASCAR.com

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