Stewart Friesen
Halmar Friesen Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Friesen was the biggest disappointment of the top tier drivers last year. The Canadian raced a winless campaign in 2020 and saw his Top-10 totals drop from 16 to 12 from 2019 to last season. Friesen's average finish ballooned from 8.5 in 2019 to an inflated 15.7 last year. He'll look to correct these inconsistencies and issues in the upcoming season. The young driver will once again drive the No. 52 Toyota and be paired with crew chief, Trip Bruce. This same duo finished fourth in the driver points in 2019, so they have big potential. Getting all the way back to that level won't likely happen all at once. This small race team has some very stiff competition, and Friesen will likely have to claw his way back inside the Top 5 of the driver rankings one step at a time going forward. Read Past Outlooks
HFR Switching to Toyota
Gander Outdoors Truck
December 3, 2019
Halmar Friesen Racing officials announced plans to chase the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship with driver Friesen. In addition, the team will make the move to Toyota with the support of Toyota Racing Development, stewartfriesen.net reports.
ANALYSIS
Friesen has been a serious championship contender with this race team the last two seasons. The 2019 campaign has been the best effort to-date with two victories and 16 Top-10 finishes en route to a strong fourth-place points finish. The move to Toyota could be the factor that puts this team over the top and makes Friesen a Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
The Canadian driver took big steps in 2019, and took this No. 52 HFR team into championship contention in the process. Friesen won two events and posted career-high marks of 12 Top-5 and 16 Top-10 finishes. The 36-year-old veteran raced his way deep into the playoffs, but pulled up short of the title finishing 11th-place at Homestead. It was still a very impressive campaign for the four-season driver. Friesen will once again pilot the No. 52 truck again in the upcoming season, but HFR switches from Chevrolet to Toyota. The team will get trucks from Kyle Busch Motorsports in a cooperative effort with that strong organization. Trip Bruce will once again call the shots as crew chief, and Friesen will slug it out with all comers looking to win the championship.
The veteran Canadian racer grew by leaps and bounds last year in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Friesen started all 23 events in his No. 52 Chevy Silverado and posted some great numbers. His nine Top-5 and 16 Top-10 finishes were career-best marks. Friesen would make a good push into the truck series playoffs, but fall short of racing for the crown at Homestead. Still, he would race among the leaders in last season's finale and finish an impressive fourth in the last race of last season. Friesen has served notice that he can compete at the front of the pack and challenge for victories. While he's yet to break through into victory lane to this point in his career, Friesen should make that breakthrough in 2019.
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Awarded Truck Series Pole
Gander Outdoors Truck
November 15, 2019
Friesen was awarded the pole for the Ford EcoBoost 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Homestead Miami Speedway Friday after rain cancelled qualifying.
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Fast Truck Series Happy Hour
Gander Outdoors Truck
November 15, 2019
Friesen was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Ford EcoBoost 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday. He turned a fast lap of 165.320 mph.
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Wins Lucas Oil 150
Gander Outdoors Truck
November 8, 2019
Friesen won the Lucas Oil 150 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at ISM Raceway Friday night.
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Fast Truck Practice at LVMS
Gander Outdoors Truck
September 13, 2019
Friesen was fastest in opening practice for the World of Westgate 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday. He turned a fast lap of 179.635 mph.
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Wins Eldora Dirt Derby 150
Gander Outdoors Truck
August 1, 2019
Friesen won the Dirt Derby 150 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway Thursday night.
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