Friday, November 24, 2023

Finally! Stewart Friesen Captures First-Career Truck Series Win

ROSSBURG, OHIO – AUGUST 01: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, stands by his truck during a qualifying race for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The long wait is finally over for Stewart Friesen. The Canadian driver grabbed his first-career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win in his 63rd-career start Thursday night at Eldora Speedway in the Dirt Derby.

Friesen had finished runner-up six times through his first 62 races, so the pressure had been on to finally reach victory lane. However, Friesen explained before the race that his wife had convinced him to finally just not sweat it and have fun. He did. And the win finally came.

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Friesen was in position to win through the first two Stages, but it was ultimately the call to not pit at the conclusion of Stage 2 that handed Friesen the lead and eventually the victory.

Friesen managed his fuel load and won the race.

Sheldon Creed came home in second, while Grant Enfinger, Mike Marlar and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top-five finishers in the race.

Christian Eckes was sixth.

Chase Briscoe, who led every lap in the first two Stages, pitted at the end of Stage 2 and was mired deep in the pack. After being involved in several incidents on his path back to the front, Briscoe finished seventh.

Tyler Dippel, Tyler Ankrum and Matt Crafton finished eighth through 10th.

Post-Race Stat Pack:

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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