Friesen wins twice in STSS ‘Carolina Swing’
GAFFNEY, SC – Stewart Friesen has had a great week in the Carolinas, capping off the weekend with a Short Track Super Series win at Cherokee Speedway after a tough battle with Larry Wight.
It was Friesen’s second win in three days and gave him three podium finishes and a nice $4,000 check.
The event was broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV and run before large crowd spread around the facility.
A rough start to the 40-lap feature meant polesitter Larry Wight had to fend off front row partner Erick Rudolph multiple times in the first laps, with multiple restarts in the early stages.
Alan Johnson slipped by Rudolph to grab the runner up spot early, with Friesen following suit into third. While Wight cruised out front, Friesen stalked Johnson and snagged second on lap eight.
Unfortunately, Johnson slowed to a stop on lap 10, ending his strong run a quarter of the way into the event. Wight’s unchallenged experience out front was over, as Friesen latched onto Wight’s rear bumper on the restart.
With Wight down low, Friesen tried lower, then switched to the top near halfway. After a couple close bids on the cushion, Friesen dropped low once more, trying to pry Wight off the lightning fast bottom lane.
On lap 28, Friesen did so, getting under Wight and getting the lead. With the leaders in traffic, Wight didn’t drop off of the pace nor give Friesen an ounce of breathing room.
“Larry was doing a good job out there,” Friesen said of the battle. “I don’t know whether it was rubber or just the abrasion of the surface, but the bottom was super gripped up. I tried to roll him up top, I was pretty good up there in three and four, but he slipped up and I got him on the bottom.”
However, Friesen held the point as the laps wound down, working lapped cars methodically. With five laps left, Anthony Perrego slowed with a flat tire, drawing the yellow and removing the traffic the leaders had been dealing with.
Friesen snuck away on the late-race restart, leaving Wight to fend off Rudolph. Wight surrendered second to Rudolph in the final circuits, allowing Friesen to cruise to his 22nd career Short Track Super Series victory at Cherokee.
In the 602 Sportsman feature, Tim Hartman Jr., outraced Brian Calabrese for the victory in the 35-lap affair. Hartman worked forward from seventh. He first took second from Eric Kormann before making a mid-race charge to get by Calabrese for the $1,500 win.
Calabrese settled for second with Joe Toth finishing third. Kormann claimed fourth with young Tanner Van Doren finished fifth.
HURLOCK AUTO & SPEED RACE SUMMARY – CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, MAY 23
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Erick Rudolph, Larry Wight, Peter Britten, Danny Creeden, Billy Decker, Tyler Dippel, Matt Sheppard, Danny Bouc, Danny Johnson, Brett Tonkin, Allison Ricci, Mike Maresca, David Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Kyle Weiss, Anthony Perrego, Alex Yankowski, Richie Pratt Jr., J.R. Hurlburt, Tyler Siri, Mike Franz, Alan Johnson, Danny Tyler, Andy Bachetti, Barry White, Jeff Strunk, H.J. Bunting. Did Not Qualify: Josh Delea, Billy Pauch Jr.
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (35 laps): TIM HARTMAN JR., Brian Calabrese, Joe Toth, Eric Kormann, Tanner Van Doren, Ryan Conrad, A.J. Custodi, Kyle Belmont, Vinny Troia, Maverick Eldridge, Nick Van Winkle, Bobby Flood, Tom Moore Jr., Scott Hulmes, Derrick McGrew Jr., Scott Hitchens, Tom Princiotta. Did Not Start: Greg Nailor
HURLOCK AUTO & SPEED RACE SUMMARY –
TRI-COUNTY RACETRACK FRIDAY, MAY 22
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): RICHIE PRATT JR., Alex Yankowski, Stewart Friesen, Danny Tyler, Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, Brett Tonkin, Erick Rudolph, J.R. Hurlburt, Allison Ricci, Peter Britten, David Schilling, Dillon Groover, Danny Creeden, Larry Wight, Jeff Strunk, Billy Pauch Jr., Jessica Friesen, Michael Maresca, Jared Umbenhauer, Anthony Perrego, Matt Sheppard, Andy Bachetti, Tyler Dippel, Josh Delea, Alan Johnson, H.J. Bunting, Tyler Siri, Danny Bouc. Did Not Start: Billy Van Pelt
HURLOCK AUTO & SPEED RACE SUMMARY
TRI-COUNTY RACETRACK THURSDAY, MAY 21
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Larry Wight, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Billy Decker, Tyler Siri, Alex Yankowski, Danny Creeden, Danny Tyler, Brett Tonkin, Jared Umbenhauer, J.R. Hurlburt, Michael Maresca, Alan Johnson, Allison Ricci, Danny Bouc, David Schilling, Anthony Perrego, Dillon Groover, Jeff Strunk, Richie Pratt Jr, Billy Van Pelt, Tyler Dippel, Erick Rudolph, H.J. Bunting, Matt Sheppard, Peter Britten. Did Not Start: Jessica Friesen, Jeremy Smith, Josh Delea.