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Stewart Friesen Officially Enters the NCWTS Playoffs

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Going into Bristol, Stewart Friesen was just outside being on the bubble for making the NCWTS playoffs.  If the race were to be won by a driver with no other wins, Friesen and Matt Crafton would have had to compete for the final 8th spot. 19 points were needed by Friesen to finish ahead of Crafton to clinch it.  With Sauter taking first, both Friesen and Crafton would secure their playoff positions.

Having finished 2nd in his no.112 Super Late Model at Bristol earlier in the season for the Short Track U.S. Nationals,  Friesen went into Thursday’s race confident that he would get the finish the team needed for a playoffs run.  Friesen’s short track prowess was on full display as he took 2nd place again at the world’s fastest half mile, finishing just behind Johnny Sauter.It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Friesen, who started 13th despite being fastest in practice.  Although having one of his worst starting positions of the season, he was quickly able to work his way up, finishing the first stage in 7th place and the second in 4th, picking up 7 stage points.

In the final 20 laps of the race, Friesen was able to reach front runners Nemechek and Sauter who were caught up in lapped traffic.  With just 5 laps remaining, Sauter and Friesen were able to pass the no.8 of Nemechek.  Running out of laps, Friesen pushed for the lead but was unable to steal it away from Sauter, ultimately finishing just 2 tenths of a second behind 2016’s points champion.

HFR fans have been waiting on the edges of their seats for a Friesen win and came as close as ever last night.  Despite their disappointment, Friesen has officially made the playoffs and is in contention for the championship in only his second full-time NCWTS season.  Asked about winning, Friesen said “Wins will come, but battling for wins is all you can ask for, and that’s what we’re doing as a race team.”

Next week, Stewart Friesen heads to his home country turf at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the Chevrolet Silverado 250.

Stewart Friesen Battled his way to Victory at the First Ever “Battle of the Midway 100” at OCFS

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By FRANK CATIZONE

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Stewart Friesen is sizzling at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

Since last season’s Eastern States Weekend Racing Festival, Friesen has been nearly unbeatable at the historic racing facility – winning five of the last six races he’s competed in – including last Thursday night’s inaugural Battle of the Midway 100.

The event, which was recently added to the 2018 Super DIRTcar Modified Series, earned Friesen his third OCFS feature victory in as many attempts during the racing campaign and a whopping first-place prize of $10,000. Friesen won two long-distance races during Eastern States Weekend a year ago before settling for a second-place finish to Brett Hearn in the Eastern States 200.

Friesen also picked up his third triumph on the Super DIRTcar tour this season to deadlock Matt Sheppard for the most wins in 2018. However, Sheppard has a decisive lead in the standings after 12 events as he attempts to defend his championship.

Friesen, who is running a limited schedule this season because of his commitment to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has now notched six career wins at OCFS. He captured his second Hard Clay Open 50-lapper and a regular-season 30-lapper earlier in the year.

However, prior to his recent hot streak, Friesen has also found the going rough at the track. He was winless in 2016 as a weekly competitor before breaking through with his only Eastern States 200 victory later that season. His initial OCFS Modified win came in the 2015 Hard Clay Open.

Friesen showed he was going to be a factor from the get go as he turned in the second quickest lap during the time trial sessions with a clocking of 21.119 seconds – an average speed of 106.539 seconds around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval.

Friesen, who won the second qualifying heat, drew sixth position for the 100-lap grind as the top three finishers from four heats picked for the top 12 positions. Tim Fuller grabbed the pole and appeared to be the driver to beat in the early going.

Stewart Friesen wins at Grandview Speedway Bruce Rogers Memorial

Stewart Friesen picked up Halmar Racing Team’s first win of 2018 at Grandview Speedway

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Story By: ERNIE SAXTON / GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY – BECHTELSVILLE, PA – Mother Nature finally cooperated with the racing community on Saturday night and produced beautiful weather and the 56th racing season at Grandview Speedway got underway in front of a very large turnout of fans. Close to 50 small and big block Modifieds lined the pits to participate in the events leading up to the first annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker 50-lap race sponsored by VP Racing Fuels. The race was run in honor of the late Bruce Rogers, who passed away last March. Bruce, along with his father Forrest, built the track close to 60 years ago.

Three laps shy of a victory in the prestigious memorial event, Stewart Friesen wrestled the lead away from Mike Gular as the front runners had to deal with lapped traffic. Friesen held on and went on to collect the $7,500 top prize money along with beautiful hardware signifying the victory. In 2014 Friesen, now a regular in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, won the season opener along with the rich Freedom 76 Classic.

Kevin Hirthler, doing double duty in the Modified and Sportsman divisions, took the lead when leader Ryan Lilick dropped out of action and chalked up the victory in the 25-lap Sportsman feature.

Through a heads-up draw, Don Norris Jr., returning to action after a year hiatus, started on the pole in the 50-lap Memorial feature, but it was second-place starter Tim Buckwalter that took the early lead and Gular followed through for second.

Buckwalter and Gular were bumper to bumper for several laps while back further Norris Jr., Friesen and Jordan Henn diced for positions.

Gular dove underneath Buckwalter for the lead along the homestretch on the 12th lap and heading down the backstretch Buckwalter pulled into the infield out of contention.

With 15 laps in the books Gular, Norris Jr., Friesen, Craig Von Dohren and Matt Sheppard, the third, first, fourth, 12th and sixth-place starters continued to hold down one through five as they encountered slower moving traffic that were also racing for positions.

Kevin Hirthler, who had just broken into the top ten, spun in the fourth turn on the 22nd lap and went pit side. Gular held his line on the restart, but Friesen was right there leaving him no room to slip-up and Friesen knew Von Dohren was pressuring him too.

Sheppard’s solid fourth place run ended on the 24th lap with a right rear flat tire. After a pit stop he rejoined the pack, but was only able to get back to 11th until the end.

At the half-way marker Gular, Friesen and Von Dohren, who all ran the top lane; Watt and Frank Cozze completed the top five.

In the final stages of the event, lap cars hampered the front runners and Friesen had a full head of steam built up even though he abused his tires and was coming on strong as it appeared Gular was having problems getting through turns one and two.

On the 47th lap, three short of a victory for Gular, Friesen passed him. Gular didn’t surrender easily and tried to regain the top spot.

Friesen continued his pace and pulled into the winner’s circle for his third win at the oval followed by Gular, Von Dohren, Watt and Cozze. Rounding out the top ten were Duane Howard, Meme DeSantis, Rick Laubach, Billy Pauch Sr. and Mike Mahaney.

SHORT TRACK RACING STRATEGY

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For the first time in 25 years a NASCAR event was postponed due to snow. Despite the frustration it caused, Stewart Friesen and crew powered through it to race on monday morning.

Friesen didn’t have as easy a time as expected on the short track. Despite leading 6 laps to pick up 21 championship points, he was unable to pull off a top 10 finish. It was a long hard battle on a short track for Friesen, who took damage on lap 16, and was later put 2 laps behind for a pit penalty.

A still positive Friesen says “We left Martinsville happy with a solid qualifying effort. After waiting out the snow day on Sunday the Halmar team ultimately had a tough race on Monday. We will use the break until Dover to work on our short track program and clean up our race strategy with the 52 Chevy Silverado. I’m excited to do a bunch of dirt racing with our 44 Halmar Modifieds in the next few weeks.”

With a scheduled month long break in the NCWTS, Friesen will get in some serious seat time with his dirt modified, returning to the northeast.

6 Teams from Halmar Racing are Headed to Georgetown Speedway

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HRT (Halmar Racing Team) is sending 6 teams to Delaware for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend at Georgetown Speedway, March 16-17.

Leading the charge is HFR (Halmar-Friesen Racing) driver Stewart Friesen, fresh off a stage win and top 5 finish at Las Vegas Speedway in the Nascar Camping World Truck Series.  Stew will compete in Saturday’s 49-lap, $6,949 to win STSS Modified event and Friday night’s 30-lap, $4,049 small-block main, both in the No.44 Halmar International Car.  Over the past 2 years, Friesen has won 3 times at Georgetown.

The defending STSS Modified Melvin L. Joseph event winner, Jimmy Horton, will return in his No.43 Halmar International Car, looking to make it 2 in a row.

Halmar drivers Matt Janiak, Allison Ricci and Tyler Boniface will all make their debuts in Georgetown this year, also competing in the STSS Modified event.  Allison and Tyler will be pulling double duty in the small-block event as well.

Halmar’s sixth team in attendance will be that of Danny Morgiwicz, from Goshen, NY, who will be racing in the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman event on Saturday.

For a full list of events and ticket info for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend, check out bdmotorsportsmedia.com

 

Stewart Friesen Secures His First Stage Win of 2018 in the NCWTS at Vegas

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With a solid top 10 finish in the bag after Atlanta, Stew went into the Stratosphere 200 at Las Vegas Speedway reinvigorated. Picking up his first stage win of the year, Friesen secured a point towards the playoffs season as well as 49 regular series points with a 5th place finish overall, earning him an impromptu on-air interview from commentator Michael Waltrip. Waltrip even gave a shout out to all the Big Block Modified fans cheering on Stew in the northeast and tweeted after the race “And to the Big Block Modified racers in the northeast thank you for loaning us @StewartFriesen What a great performance tonight. Dirt racers doin it on asphalt are a joy to watch.”

Now 3 races into the season, Friesen sits at 6th place in championship points, just 47 points behind leader, Johnny Sauter. Between 2 solid top 10 finishes, qualifying 2nd in Vegas and finishing strong with a stage win, Stewart’s second full season in the NCWTS is off to a great start. As strong as Stew’s performance behind the wheel has been, credit is is also owed to the “We Build America” crew whose performance in the pits was a major factor in Stew’s success at Vegas.

With a 2 week break from trucks, Stew will be back in the number 44 Big Block Modified in Delaware at Georgetown Speedway, joined by 5 other teams from Halmar Racing, for the Short Track Super Series Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend. The event has been expanded to 2 days for 2018 and will run March 16-17. Last year’s big block feature was won by Stew’s Halmar teammate, Jimmy Horton, who will return to the event again this year.

With Dirt season on the horizon, Stew looks forward to getting back out there for all the Big Block Modified fans in the northeast who are currently still digging out from a nor’easter. It’s been a long winter for race fans eager to see Stewart’s return to dirt, and if his performance on asphalt is any indication, its going to be quite the season for Friesen.

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Stewart Friesen finishes 6th in Atlanta Truck Race

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Stewart Friesen qualified 7th for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  An exciting race with a finish that kept you on your toes.  He finished stage 1 in 9th and earned valuable points.  The pit stop after stage 2 brought with it a penalty for man over the wall too early, which sent Stew to the back of the pack (17th).  He had his work cut out and by the end of the race had worked his way back up all the way to 6th place.

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Strong Showing at Daytona for Stewart Friesen ends early in Accident

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Column By: JOHN DOUGLAS / RPW – DAYTONA BEACH, FL

Original Link to Article: http://raceproweekly.com/rpw/2018/02/zpromising-truck-series-run-ends-with-with-accident-at-daytona-for-stewart-friesen/

– Big Block Modified competitor Stewart Friesen set his sights on Florida to start yet another season in his racing career.

For the last two seasons that trip has been focused around his move to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Daytona International Speedway.

Friesen’s promising run ended in the final segment of the NextEra 250 but his performance out shined the results.

To know what Friesen accomplished in his No. 52 Halmar Friesen Racing with GMS Chevrolet on Friday night, is to know how he got there.

As a racer, Friesen cut his teeth on the dirt tracks of the Northeast and Canada. Racing against grizzly veterans who have more experience racing their modifieds than most racers have in anything, anywhere. The competition Friesen faced in the dirt modified ranks of the northeast pound for pound and dollar for dollar was the best proving ground Friesen could have asked for as he made the step up to the big time world of Stock Car racing.

His wins on the Syracuse Mile in a 200 lap event with aerodynamically massaged cars at higher speed than they ran all season and oh yeah, live pit stops just like the NASCAR folks like to do, were all part of his learning experience. Friesen knew how to win long races before he ever got to a paved track or NASCAR itself.

Starting ninth in a field of 32 trucks, Friesen was excited to get underway with his NASCAR season.

“I’m really happy,” Friesen said. “The whole Halmar / GMS Racing affiliation has been really great for us. These guys worked really hard all winter on this piece so I’m looking forward to getting out there in the draft and doing some work.”

Friesen was patient. Learning what he needed to learn from his truck and the trucks around him, he found himself in 12th position at the end of the first 20 lap Stage, just outside a top 10 playoff points paying position.

Stage two was much more promising. Working his way methodically through the pack, Friesen made more than one bold move to the outside lane taking things three-wide with little help from behind. He eventually found himself slotted into second place behind his GMS alliance-mate Johnny Sauter.

Friesen finished second in stage 2 as he pushed Sauter across the line for an ever important 10 playoff points and the Stage win.

The final Stage started out much like the first. After pit stops Friesen was relegated outside the top 10 for the restart with 54 laps to go. Boxed in by slower machines mid-pack, Friesen’s trek to the front was more difficult this time around.

With just 37 laps remaining Friesen again found himself moving all the way from 5th to 2nd place with the help of Johnny Sauter. Friesen merged back down to the low groove as the single file train at the front of the pack began to form up. Once again the HFR-GMS alliance was showing its strength at the front of the field.

A caution the very next lap brought most of the field down pit road, however John-Hunter Nemechek stayed out and assumed the lead. The shuffle of pit stops again relegated Friesen to the middle of the pack in seventh place. Unfortunately, for Friesen the three trucks ahead of him starting in his inside lane were not running competitive times with the leaders and on the restart the outside lane easily cleared most of the competition below.

John-Hunter Nemechek took the lead during the shuffle, but made contact with Ben Rhodes No. 41 Toyota, causing a tire rub on the No. 8 machine. The crew made the decision to leave Nemechek on the track and in turn three with just under 30 laps to go the tire gave way.

“I don’t know,” Friesen said after being released from the infield care center. “The JEGS truck had problems and a flat tire down the back. He got out of the way and then the eight (J.H. Nemechek), whatever problems he had the lap before obviously bit him in turn three there. I don’t know if he had something cut down there or what. I tried to get up and avoid it and got clipped in the right rear.”

Friesen’s night ended with a 27th place finish. Yet he showed his competence for not only asphalt racing but for patience and a level headed attitude, along with a lot of other traits that point to him being a future winner in the Camping World Truck Series.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 24th for the Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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Stewart Friesen 2nd on Thursday at DIRTcar Nationals

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Stewart Friesen finished 2nd in the Thursday night feature at the Winter DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park! On Friday, Friesen will be racing at Daytona for the Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250! Jimmy Horton will be at Volusia on Friday for the third round of with the 43 Halmar International Modified.

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