ELDORA RECAP: Stewart Friesen, No. 52 Halmar International Chevrolet Silverado

START: 4th

– Stewart Friesen won the 7th Annual Eldora Dirt Derby, his first victory in 63 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts. Friesen had finished second six times prior to Thursday night’s event.

– This is Friesen’s first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2019.

– This is Friesen”s first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Eldora Speedway.

– Friesen is currently third in the point standings, 55 points out of first. He is locked into the playoffs and projected in the fourth position in the playoff standings, with one victory and seven playoff points.

“Thank you to all the race fans that stuck with us, that kept pulling for us. Everyone that came to our dirt modified hauler and said ‘man, I thought this was the week.’ Today, this is the day and this is the week. Just a big thanks to everybody, to all these great race fans. This was meant to be, we needed to get it done on the dirt. We missed the win last two years here and this is such a special event. I don’t even know what to say. Thanks to Halmar, Chevrolet and the GMS Fab shop for working their butts off here the last couple weeks. We appreciate it all, we appreciate that these guys have been down and out and they keep busting their butts for me and working on stuff and fixing stuff and putting in such long hours. I can’t thank everybody enough.”

“We knew getting clean restarts was going to be tough. We just couldn’t get a long run going, especially in those first two stages. I knew we couldn’t have been too hard on the tires and we weren’t using a lot of fuel. Trip left it up to me and the driver always wants track position so we took it and held them off.”

Halmar Friesen Racing competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series with driver Stewart Friesen.

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