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Friesen ready to get back to the track

Stewart Friesen poses in Victory Lane after winning a modified race at Fonda Speedway on Sept. 14, 2019. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

With the announcement this week that the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Super Series and Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Dirt Series will restart their seasons next week, Stewart Friesen is busy getting the haulers loaded and ready to head south.

“We are excited and ready to get back to racing,” Friesen said. “We will be racing with the modified at [Brett] Deyo’s events in North Carolina and also with the truck at Charlotte.”

Friesen’s season was off to a good start with three modified wins in Florida and Delaware to go with a 21st place finish at Daytona and a ninth place finish in Las Vegas with the Halmar Toyota Tundra truck.

Both series were shut down by the Coronavirus pandemic in March.

During his time at home in Sprakers, Friesen has managed to keep busy during the down time.

“I have been home here with Jess and Parker,” he said. “We have a go-kart track out back so I have been hanging out there with Parker and also doing a little bit of teaching along with keeping busy in the shop with the modifieds.”

While Friesen has been here in New York, the Halmar Truck team has been getting back to work at the Halmar Friesen Racing shop in Statesville, N.C.

“With the truck, it [the break] has been kind of a blessing in disguise,” he said. “It has given us time to work out some of the bugs and get more trucks ready to go.”

Friesen and his wife Jessica, who runs One Zee Tees, announced a new business venture.

“It was a great time to start a clothing line that is produced here at One Zee Tees called Keen Klothing,” Friesen said. “We are excited about this. $10 from each shirt purchased during the month of May at www.keenklothing.com will go to No Child Hungry to help kids in need during these uncertain times.”

Trying to stay sharp for his return to the track, Friesen has been spending time on a simulator and participating in iRacing events.

“It has been fun competing against different drivers,” he said. “But I have to tell you, some of these young guys are really good at it.”

Friesen will be back behind the wheel for live action starting May 21 and 22 at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, N.C. for non-point STSS events

The May 21st event will be a 35-lap, $3,000-to-win main event with a 40-lap, $5,000-to-win program on May 22.

The invited teams include the top-15 current STSS Modified Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central drivers following the opener at Georgetown Speedway on March 7 and the top-15 in the final Halmar International North Region STSS Modified standings from 2019.

Friesen will stay in North Carolina and head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the May 26 running of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 for the Gander RV & Outdoors Super Series trucks before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas 250 on May 30.

Teams will be following CDC guidelines and social distancing policies but, unfortunately, due to COVID-19 mandates, no spectators will be allowed at any of the scheduled events.

Friesen said it may take a couple of weeks to get back into racing shape.

“I am not really a go-to-the-gym type of guy, so I hope my firesuits still fit,” he laughed.

∫ Note: Deyo announced that the STSS events will be broadcast exclusively through Dirt Track Digest TV with one- and two-night packages.

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