LEBANON, TENN. — As pit strategies shook up the finishng order, RSS Racing drivers Ryan Sieg and Parker Retzlaff found benefitted at the end of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Ryan Sieg finished ninth after running the final 83 laps on a single tank of gas. Sieg was told by his crew to “Back her down more!” repeatedly, as drivers who pitted on Lap 93 – 13 laps before Sieg – made their final stop to make it on fuel with 15 laps to go.
Sieg’s crew had a bottle of ether ready to go in case he pitted for fuel. He didn’t need it, as Sieg made it on fuel and finished ninth.
Three positions behind Sieg was Parker Retzlaff, who started 25th and – thanks to a pit stop on Lap 119 – finally moved up into the top-20 during the final 59-lap green-flag run.
While exhausted, Retzlaff finished 12th as the last driver in the finishing order who pitted on Lap 119. The 12th-place finish ties his second-best finish in five NXS starts this season – and ever.
Retzlaff’s other NXS finishes this season are 36th at Phoenix after a fuel-pump issue, 10th at Richmond, 12th at Martinsville and 17th at Dover.
While Sieg’s next NXS race is the July 2 Henry 180 at Road America (2:30 p.m. ET; TV: USA/Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90), Retzlaff’s next race is Sept. 10 at Kansas Speedway.