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.