By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
2016 has been a year of firsts for dirt racing standout Stewart Friesen. The Dirt Modified and Sprint Car standout made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Eldora Speedway earlier this year.
In the second heat race, Friesen started second and finished third. Friesen started the main event in 12th. After a multi-truck crash late in the race, Friesen ended up 28th.
Friesen, a 33-year-old native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, also made his pavement-racing debut in the No. 16 Halmar International Chevrolet Silverado for the Halmar Racing Team at Bristol Motor Speedway. Friesen started 23rd and finished 22nd, two laps down.
Last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Friesen spun in the first round of qualifying. Friesen rallied, putting his truck 19th on the starting grid. Friesen impressed throughout the day, finishing 13th and on the lead lap at the end of the day.
After the Truck race at New Hampshire, Friesen competed in the Super DIRTcar Series race at Fonda Speedway, where he finished fifth.
On Saturday, Friesen will compete in for the first time on a 1.5-mile track. Friesen will be in the field for the DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
In Friesen’s three Truck Series starts, he has an average start of 18th and an average finish of 21st.
Freisen currently sits second in the Super DIRTcar Series points standings, where he is a regular competitor. Friesen is currently 223-points behind Super DIRTcar points leader Matt Sheppard.
Friesen has over 240 career wins between Sprint Cars and Dirt Modifieds, including four Super DIRTcar Series wins so far this season. Friesen’s wins this season have come at Cornwall Motor Speedway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway (his home track), Mohawk International Raceway, and Ransomville Speedway.
The next Super DIRTcar Series race on the schedule is the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLV at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, N.Y. on October 9.