Kyle Sieg began the ARCA Menards Series season with a then-career-best fifth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. On Friday night (March 12), Sieg bested his career-best finish with a fourth-place finish in the General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway.
Sieg made three ARCA starts last year, scoring his best finish of 10th in the race at Lucas Oil Raceway. This year, his family-owned team, RSS Racing, moved its part-time competitor/crew chief Jeff Green to atop the No. 28 ARCA pit box, giving Sieg a veteran presence. The team announced before this season that Sieg would run a part-time schedule in addition to his older brother Ryan Sieg continuing to run full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Sieg started the race at the one-mile track in Avondale, Ariz., in 16th place after qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather. The lineup was therefore set via the ARCA rule book.
Sieg steadily drove his way toward the front, avoiding the cautions and keeping his No. 28 clean. About a third of the way through this race, he had already driven up to the seventh place.
While Sanchez’s race ended due to a wreck, and Gibbs and Daytona winner Corey Heim drove their way to the top two positions, Sieg maintained his top five run.
On the final restart, Sieg was in third place. He lost one spot on the final green-white restart to Thad Moffitt, but Sieg crossed the finish line in fourth, a best for him as his team contemplates running full-time this year.
Ooh, another possible full-time ARCA competitor? MAVTV reports RSS Racing is contemplating fielding Kyle Sieg for this full season. He has veteran Jeff Green atop his pit box too – it would be a neat storyline for sure#ARCA #ARCANightInAmerica
— Mark Kristl (@MarkKristl) March 13, 2021
Sieg bested full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Derek Kraus, reigning ARCA Menards Series West champion Jesse Love and full-time ARCA Menards Series East driver Taylor Gray. It was an impressive night for the driver from Tucker, Ga., especially with new sponsors onboard his car.
— Kyle Sieg (@KyleSieg39) March 13, 2021
After two races so far this ARCA season, Sieg joins the two race winners, Heim and Gibbs, as the only drivers to score top-five finishes in both races this season. Furthermore, he is one of four drivers to earn a top-10 finish in both events this season too, and the fourth driver, Drew Dollar is only driving a part-time schedule this year.
Sieg is only 18 years old and has only made eight combined starts across all three ARCA divisions. The MAVTV broadcasters also were impressed by his debut in the 2020 Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway, arguably one of the most prestigious late model races. When ARCA heads to Talladega Superspeedway, it will be Sieg’s first start there. But he can lean on his brother Ryan, who scored his career-best Xfinity finish at Talladega last fall.
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Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.
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