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Racing Around: Friesen to sport new paint scheme

When Stewart Friesen takes to the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway next Friday, he will be carrying the support of many new sponsors.

The HFR No. 52 Chevy Silverado piloted by Friesen, the current series point leader, will carry a special paint scheme featuring puzzle pieces in support of Autism Awareness.

The puzzle piece logo is the universal symbol for autism, to symbolize an autistic person’s struggles to fit in with others. Stewart and Jessica have a special interest as their son, Parker, was diagnosed with autism and they received support with ABA (applied behavior analysis) from the Crossroads Center for Children.

Fans can show their support by purchasing a piece of the 50 piece puzzle and have their name or business displayed as he competes in the Gander Outdoors Series JEGS 200.

“The idea of the scheme came from Jess,” Friesen said. “It was her idea to put this together and raise money for Crossroads Center for Children.”

Last season, panels from Friesen’s C.D. Coville throwback modified were auctioned off to support the cause.

“I’m sure we will be doing things with the modified as well this year, the extent of that hasn’t been set in stone yet,” he said. “Last year was a great fit with the CD throwback body.”

There has been a lot of support for the fundraiser so far with contributions coming from many different sources with almost all of the 50 puzzle pieces sold at $1,000 apiece heading into the final week.

“We set a pretty high goal for this based on the publicity and exposure of the truck series,” he said. “So far we are on pace. There are only a handful of pieces left. Donations have come from many different people within the racing industry and our families. Hermie and Elliott Sadler’s foundation was among the first to ‘sign up’ as they have a foundation which does a lot with autism. Also the reach that Halmar has within the construction industry has generated some big donations.”

On a recent Facebook post, Friesen thanked several contributors including Marcum LLP and E-J Electric Installation Company, Apple Betty & Westmoreland Golf Course, DKM Racecars, The Larkin Family, Roosevelt’s Towing and many more.

“Fans can visit hfrraceforautism.com to get involved,” Friesen said. “We are also selling shirts and stickers through that site with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Crossroads Center for Children.”

Friesen will be doing a photo with each piece and sending it to each donor. Donors of $5,000 will receive the actual piece cut from the truck after the race.

Fonda Speedway and pro stock driver Ivan Joslin are also showing their support for Autism Awareness. Joslin’s pro stock carries a special paint scheme featuring the puzzle pieces interlocked around the car.

The Track of Champions is hosting Corr/Pak Merchandising and One Zee Tee’s Autism Awareness night on July 13.

Pit notes

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park was scheduled to host an open practice Sunday, but due to wet grounds and anticipated wet and cold weather for Sunday, the management has opted to cancel this weekend’s activities.

Opening night at The Ridge is scheduled for May 5 with all regular weekly divisions on the card.

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