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Ryan Sieg Confesses Ill Intentions After Heartbreaking Texas Photo-Finish

Published 04/13/2024, 5:33 PM EDT

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RSS Racing driver, Ryan Sieg had to swallow a bitter pill after failing to convert his advantage into a win at Texas Motor Speedway. The 36-year-old driver was door-to-door with Sam Mayer coming to the checkered flag on the front stretch. They ended the race with a photo finish. The last call rested in the hands of the officials. After the review, Sieg lost the race by 0.02 seconds, making it the third time he finished in the runner-up position.

Desperate times call for desperate measures

On the final lap, both drivers bumped each other and even switched leads in a desperate bid to gain an advantage. However, on Turn 4, Mayer decided to go wide with the wall and caught Sieg by surprise. With the win on the line, Sieg was ready to make a desperate attempt to ram Mayer into the wall, which he confessed after the race.

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From being the favorite to win the race to seeing yourself lose out by just mere inches and a millisecond, it was a sucker punch for the veteran driver. Explaining his feelings after the race, Sieg said, “Sucks, you know what I mean. We had a really good car. Just kind of I got tight and then I tried to change my line and do different things.”

He even admitted to intentionally wrecking the JR Motorsports driver coming to the start-finish line. “I fell behind, saw him coming, and I was doing all I could do and in the end, I was trying to run him in the wall to try to win the race. We were so close, just sucks. I’ve been on second before for too many times… We got to keep fighting, we’re right there, just got to keep it up, and we’ll have our SciAps forward in the victory lane. I thought we had it at the end just got tight and sucks.”

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While the loss today was a huge missed opportunity, Ryan Sieg believes that his team is doing better, and this result is a step in the right direction.

Sieg is optimistic about building on today’s results

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NASCAR drivers always try to play to their strengths. For some, it is racing on a short-track, while others perform on the mile and a half. Ryan Sieg falls into the latter category. After a solid outing in Las Vegas, finishing seventh, he went on to improve his run today in Texas. Sure, a win would have done wonders for him and his team, but he is taking the positives from the heartbreaking loss and hoping to build on this strong run.

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It’s definitely a reward to show we can do it, I can do it. Just got to have the right stuff, finally we got there. We got the sponsorship, and we got Ford behind us, so we got a good thing going, and we got more to come with Haas, and they’re working with Ford, so big things are coming. It’s the start of it. We ran good in Vegas, and then we come here, so it’s going on place and got good tracks coming up, so it should be fun with the group of guys I have,” he further explained.

Currently placed 11th in the driver’s standings, with a long road ahead in the season, Sieg can expect to find himself in the playoffs.

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Chintan Devgania

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Chintan Mahesh Devgania is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As someone who likes to dive deep into the sport, he often takes up less explored topics to eventually see them make their way into top stories. His report on Toyota’s young recruit, Jade Avedisian, sharing her thoughts on Late Model Racing, was an example of that.
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Shreya Singh