TUCKER, Ga. — Shane Sieg, a former part-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and older brother to current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Sieg, died Sunday just three days shy of his 35th birthday.
Ryan Sieg confirmed the news via his racing Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon.
Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. We lost a great driver and an incredible person. Forever in our hearts. RIP Shane. pic.twitter.com/KAz8XSGYOu
— Ryan Sieg Racing (@RyanSiegRacing) August 22, 2017
Shane Sieg debuted at the NASCAR national level in 2003, when he took the No. 08 SS-Green Light Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish in his NASCAR Truck Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He ended up being tabbed as the team’s full-time driver for the 2004 season, earning a top-10 finish at the Milwaukee Mile after charging from 33rd to finish eighth, but was pulled from the truck after 19 of 25 races.
Despite the six races he missed, Sieg still finished a career-best 24th in the 2004 Truck Series point standings.
Followin a two-year hiatus, Sieg returned to the Truck Series in 2007, running a return race with SS-Green Light and three more with Billy Ballew Motorsports before being tabbed by Ballew to pilot his No. 51 entry in 2008, during races when NASCAR Cup Series regular Kyle Busch could not pilot the truck.
That season saw Sieg score a top-10 finish at Memphis Motorsports Park, in what Sieg hoped to be a springboard to a full 2009 season in Ballew’s second entry, the No. 15 truck. However, when solid sponsorship for that effort did not materialize, Sieg left Ballew’s team after just five races.
From there on, Sieg largely start-and-parked to help support brother Ryan’s racing endeavors in the NASCAR realm, though the duo originally had plans to run the full 2010 Truck schedule as a two-truck team for their family-owned RSS Racing operation.
His final Truck Series start came at Pocono in 2011, though he scored a 12th-place finish at Darlington earlier in that season in one of his final full-race attempts.
On Aug. 22, 2011, NASCAR announced that Sieg had been indefinitely suspended for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. He had not competed in another NASCAR national series event prior to his passing.
In addition to his tenure in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Sieg also made two starts in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series, driving for Rick Ware Racing early in the 2004 season.
However, arguably Sieg’s brightest moment in the major-league racing spotlight came in 2008, when he wheeled the No. 52 Victor Ford late model to a stellar fourth-place finish in the annual Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.
Driving an entry owned by James Finch that day, Sieg charged from 36th to finish fourth, trailing only race winner Augie Grill, now-Truck regular Grant Enfinger and Matt Hawkins to the checkered flag.
The staff at Race Chaser Online and the Performance Motorsports Network sends its condolences and prayers to the Sieg family, as well as all those affected during this difficult time.