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Halmar Friesen Racing Ditches Chevy for Toyota in 2020

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Halmar Friesen Racing had its best season in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series to date after Stewart Friesen scored his first two wins at Eldora and Phoenix and made the Championship 4 this season.

They’re now taking a wise gamble of leaving the Chevrolet Silverado and alliance with GMS Racing in favor of the Toyota Tundra with support from the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) next season, hoping it can translate into more wins and capturing the series title.

“We were all very impressed after spending time with Toyota,” Friesen said. “TRD has been welcoming to our organization. With their support, knowledge and technology, we hope to bring our team to another level.”

HFR also announced that Tripp Bruce will be back making the calls for Friesen and will operate in Statesville, North Carolina with trucks being purchased through Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Friesen added that having support from TRD along with several of his No. 52 team members retained certainly helps make the transition much easier.

“Through this transition, we’ve been able to retain several members of our team from last season,” Friesen said. “They’ve remained loyal to us and have new energy going into 2020.”

After finishing fourth in the final standings, team principal Chris Larsen said a championship is their main goal, which would make Friesen only the second-ever foreign driver to win a NASCAR national touring title and the first in Trucks.

“Making it to the ‘Final Four’ was an accomplishment, but we’re all competitive,” Larsen said. “You want to be sitting at the head table at the series banquet. We’re working to be that team.”

In 71 starts, Friesen has those two wins from this season along with three poles and 23 top-fives to his name.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.