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

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

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– Stewart Friesen’s victory Friday night at is his second victory in 70 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at ISM Raceway.

– Friesen started on the outside of the front row after qualifying second for Friday night’s event, but was forced to drop to the tail end of the field at the end of the first caution on Lap 6 after NASCAR officials ruled he jumped the initial start coming to the green flag. Friesen had battled back inside the top-10 by the end of Stage One on Lap 45. By the end of Stage Two he had broken into the top five.

– Friesen took conrol of the lead on Lap 107 and never looked back, leading the remainder of the race and earning his second victory and 16th top-10 finish of 2019.

– By virtue of his victory at ISM Raceway, Friesen will compete as part of the Championship 4 in Homestead Miami next week for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series title.

“We came back to win because of a great race team, a great spotter. Rick Carelli kept me calm there, he’s the best spotter in the business. Trip (Bruce, crew chief) is the calmest guy I’ve ever met in my life. What a great racecar! Thanks to the GMS Fab shop, Chevrolet, Chris Larsen, Halmar. Chris we did it buddy! We’re on to next week, we got the momentum.
Looking at the replay on the initial start, the 16 just spun their tires, I don’t know what you could do when the 99 was pushing me so it is what it is. We had a great truck tonight. We were able to pass them all and pass them all clean, that was some racing. Jess and Parker, everybody at home. I love you and I’ll see you Saturday morning and we’re going to party this one up.”

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

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