Stewart Friesen

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Stewart Friesen
Stewart Friesen at Bridgeport Speedway March 2018.jpg
Friesen at Bridgeport Speedway in March 2018
BornStewart J. Friesen
(1983-07-25) July 25, 1983 (age 36)
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
70 races run over 3 years
Truck no., teamNo. 52 (Halmar Friesen Racing)
2018 position7th
Best finish7th (2018)
First race2016 Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby (Eldora)
Last race2019 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
First win2019 Eldora Dirt Derby (Eldora)
Last win2019 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 37 3
Statistics current as of November 8, 2019.

Stewart J. Friesen[1] (born July 25, 1983) is a Canadian professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 52 Chevrolet Silverado for Halmar Friesen Racing. He also competes part-time at local dirt tracks in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, driving the No. 44 for HFR.[2]

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Friesen's modified car at Georgetown Speedway in March 2018

Friesen got hooked on racing early in life, his family owning Ransomville Speedway in western New York.[3] After racing go-karts, Friesen raced big-blocks with widespread success in the Northeast United States, advancing to the 2010 World Finals at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[4]

He was one of the top competitors in the SuperDIRT Series in the mid-2010s, and he also has triumphed in the World of Outlaws sprint car series.[5] He has won the Syracuse 200 Modified race four times.[6] Friesen has run over 900 dirt races in his career.[7] Eventually, he met Chris Larsen, who gave Friesen his first NASCAR ride at Eldora Speedway, which was supposed to be a one-time deal. However, the partnership blossomed into a full-time ride.[8]

Sometimes, Friesen runs NASCAR and dirt on the same day.[9] He maintains an active presence on New York dirt tracks like Fonda, Ransomville, Five Mile Point and Utica-Rome.[10]

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

Breaking into NASCAR with the 2016 Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby, Friesen put his No. 16 Halmar Racing truck into the twelfth starting spot on the grid by virtue of a second-place finish in his heat. However, contact with Caleb Holman ruined his night,[11] and Friesen's maiden voyage resulted in a 28th-place finish. Running five more races in the season, Friesen recorded three top twenty finishes, the best being a 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.[12]

On January 9, 2017, Friesen announced that he would run the full 2017 season in the Halmar Friesen Racing No. 52 with Tommy Baldwin Jr. coming on as a team manager.[13][14] In June, following the first seven races of the season, HFR announced it would undergo a two-race hiatus before returning at Kentucky in July.[15] At Eldora, Friesen won the pole and stayed in the position for the start of the feature after winning his heat race.[16] He led over half the laps and claimed the victory in the second stage but lost the lead to Matt Crafton in the closing laps, finishing a career-best second.[17] About a month after Eldora run, the team took another two-race break while severing its relationship with Baldwin and making a new technical alliance with GMS Racing.[18] After returning to competition, Friesen scored four finishes of seventh or better in the season's last six races, climbing to fourteenth in the season-ending points tally.[19]

For 2018, HFR continued the alliance with GMS, so much so that GMS driver Johnny Sauter referenced Friesen as a teammate. After advancing to the playoffs and a best finish of 2nd 3 times throughout the year, he finished 7th in final points after being eliminated in the Round of 8.

Friesen remained at HFR in an alliance with GMS for the third straight year in 2019. He was also contacted by JR Motorsports to run a partial schedule in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but nothing came of it.[20] At Kansas Speedway in spring, Friesen led both practices, won both Stage One and Stage Two and led the most laps, but ran out of fuel with three laps to go due to a pit communication on the previous pit stop, handing the win to Ross Chastain and relegating Friesen to 15th, furthering a streak of near-misses for Friesen.[21] On August 1, 2019, Friesen finally broke through to win his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Eldora.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Friesen grew up in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and played hockey as a child. He eventually attended the University of Windsor, attaining a degree in science.[23]

Friesen is married to Jessica Zemken,[24] who had previously raced for[25] and dated driver Tony Stewart.[26] The two have one son.[3] Friesen and Zemken also run a t-shirt printing business, which was originally a fallback plan in case racing didn't work out.[23]

In 2014, Friesen did an interview with ESPN in which he said that Stewart used his car as a "weapon" when Stewart killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a dirt-track accident.[27]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2016 Halmar Racing 16 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD
28
POC BRI
22
MCH MSP CHI NHA
13
LVS
19
TAL MAR TEX PHO
18
HOM
29
33rd 69 [28]
2017 Halmar Friesen Racing 52 DAY
31
ATL
19
MAR
25
KAN
32
CLT
23
DOV
28
TEX
22
GTW IOW KEN
12
ELD
2*
POC
12
MCH
13
BRI
29
MSP CHI NHA
5
LVS
23
TAL
17
MAR
6
TEX
14
PHO
6
HOM
7
14th 422 [29]
2018 DAY
27
ATL
6
LVS
5
MAR
20
DOV
23
KAN
3
CLT
6
TEX
2
IOW
9
GTW
13
CHI
19
KEN
2
ELD
3
POC
4
MCH
8
BRI
2
MSP
7
LVS
17
TAL
6
MAR
11
TEX
8
PHO
5
HOM
4
7th 2265 [30]
2019 DAY
10
ATL
18
LVS
4
MAR
5
TEX
2
DOV
12
KAN
15*
CLT
3
TEX
20
IOW
5
GTW
3
CHI
3
KEN
2
POC
32
ELD
1
MCH
8
BRI
4
MSP
7
LVS
19
TAL
5
MAR
6
PHO
1
HOM
-* -* [31]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

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  15. ^ "Halmar Friesen Racing taking two-week hiatus from Truck competition". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
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