Last July, Dirt Late Model star Bobby Pierce garnered national attention with a second-place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at Eldora Speedway (OH). This July, a driver from a different realm of dirt racing will attempt to steal the show in his NCWTS debut at the Mud Summer Classic.
Thirty-two year old Dirt Modified racer Stewart Friesen will attempt to qualify for the race on Wednesday, July 20. Friesen, of Sprakers, New York, will make his debut driving for team owner Chris Larsen and the same Halmar International team that he drives Big-Block Modifieds for in the Northeast.
“It’s going to be fun,” Friesen told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We’re going to get to do a rookie development next week down south, and that should be pretty cool. Chris Larsen, everybody at Halmar has given me a tremendous opportunity here.”
Friesen has already had a big start to the month, winning at Accord Speedway (NY) in the Short Track Super Series Tuesday night. He followed that up with a Super DIRTcar Series triumph in Brett Hearn’s Big Show 8 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway (NY) in a photo finish over Billy Decker Wednesday night. Friesen looked ahead to the Ohio outing in victory lane.
“We’re looking forward to it. I’m cautiously optimistic that we can go out there, and hopefully have a good run,” he stated. “We’ll just see what happens. We’re new at that game, and we’re just going to go try and have some fun with it.”
Friesen will pull double-duty that week at Eldora by also driving the No. 44 Big-Block Modified in the Super DIRTcar Series races, which include a 100-lap event on Tuesday, July 19 at and a 30-lap race alongside the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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