Dale Earnhardt Jr Pushed by Fans to Endorse Ryan Sieg After He Nearly Completes the American Dream at Texas

Published 04/14/2024, 4:43 AM EDT

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway saw a photo finish as RSS Racing’s Ryan Sieg and JR Motorsports‘ Sam Mayer battled for the lead till the checkered flag. Mayer was looking for his first win this season and Sieg was after his maiden race win in the competition. At the end of the day, the JRM driver came out on top. Team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr was a happy man at the end of proceedings, but fans were a lot more impressed with Ryan Sieg, so much so that they even called for his recruitment into Junior’s team.

Dale Earnhardt Jr admits to supporting rival despite Texas race win

Mayer has had a tough start to the 2024 Xfinity Series season, finishing in the top 10 only twice before the Texas race. The manner in which this victory was earned will instill a lot of confidence in the driver of the #1 car who is aiming to win his first championship. Dale Earnhardt Jr expressed his satisfaction with his driver’s victory but admitted that a part of him was rooting for Ryan Sieg too. It just goes to show that more than a team owner, the former Xfinity Series champion is a fan of racing.


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“Holy 💩 what a finish @sam_mayer_ @JRMotorsports. Man that was thrilling. Part of me really wanted that one for @RyanSiegRacing because they put so much into their program to be competitive,” he wrote in a tweet. The 49-year-old also stated that now the #1 driver and crew chief can take it easy for a while and focus on the playoffs as they have sealed their place in the last 16.

At 36 years of age, Ryan Sieg is a veteran of the sport and has won the hearts of fans with his performance at Texas. In a competitive car, the racing veteran can have consistent chances of winning races. One of the most competitive teams in the Xfinity Series is JR Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Jr has fans urging him to sign Sieg for next season.

Fans push for Ryan Sieg to JR Motorsports in 2025


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While it is unlikely that Junior will sign the veteran to a deal in JRM, he is a man who always takes fans’ opinions into account. The team could do with one more veteran in its ranks, even if they are there in a part-time role and Sieg has the full backing of a lot of supporters based on the Texas result.

“Put Ryan Sieg in your car next year,” one user commented. “@RyanSiegRacing to the 88,” quipped another. Driving for the #88 team would mean that the 36-year-old would be there on a part-time basis, sharing the car with the team owner himself. One fan pointed out just how good the veteran’s performance really was, as it had even the race-winning owner supporting him for a while instead of his own driver.

“Even the winning car owner was pulling for Seig bruh 😭😭😭,” they wrote. Another user explained that it was because of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s love for motorsports as a fan more than as an owner. “That’s because you are a fan of the sport & know/remember what it takes for a small family team to run up front. It was great to see such an awesome finish. Part of all of us was pulling for Ryan,” they quipped.


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Junior was not alone in this. JRM has plenty of fans thanks to the popularity of its owner, but even they were rooting for Ryan Sieg to pick up the victory over Sam Mayer in Texas. “Same, pulling for JRM but Sieg would have been great 👍,” one user commented. “As a JR Motorsports fan, at the end I wanted to see Ryan Sieg win,” quipped another.

The ending of the race certainly had everyone on the edge of their seats and despite losing, Sieg clearly won a lot of hearts. Will Dale Earnhardt Jr sign the veteran, even on a part-time basis, for next season? Share with us your thoughts!


Written by:

Nilavro Ghosh


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Nilavro Ghosh is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports, where he is known for his creative yet easy-to-read writing style. Before taking up his role as a sports journalist at ES, Nilavro has written for some of the top publishing houses, like The Telegraph. While most journalists stop at covering live events and taking the news to the readers, Nilavro goes the extra mile to give fans a platform for them to express their thoughts through his 'race reaction' pieces.
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Ariva Debnath