Friesen Back In Trucks, Moving To Toyota

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Halmar Friesen Racing will shift from Chevrolet to Toyota in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2020. (NASCAR Photo)
Halmar Friesen Racing will shift from Chevrolet to Toyota in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2020. (NASCAR Photo)

STATESVILLE, N.C. – Stewart Friesen and Halmar Friesen Racing will again pursue the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship next year, but they’ll be doing so under the flag of a different manufacturer.

After working with Chevrolet since the team debuted in 2016, Halmar Friesen Racing will switch Toyota next season with support from Toyota Racing Development. The team most recently operated with support from GMS Racing.

“We were all very impressed after spending time with Toyota,” Friesen said. “TRD has been welcoming to our organization. With their support, knowledge and technology, we hope to bring our team to another level.”

Halmar Friesen Racing has secured a new base of operations in Statesville, N.C. Trucks will be purchased through Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Tripp Bruce returns to the team as crew chief while Gene Nead has been signed as competition director.

“Through this transition, we’ve been able to retain several members of our team from last season,” Friesen said. “They’ve remained loyal to us and have new energy going into 2020.”

Halmar Friesen Racing principal Chris Larsen feels the team has assembled a championship-caliber organization.

“The championship is our goal,” Larsen said. “Making it to the final four was an accomplishment, but we’re all competitive. You want to be sitting at the head table at the series banquet. We’re working to be that team.”

Friesen, 36, enjoyed a career season on the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2019, placing fourth in points and earning the first two victories of his career at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in August and the ISM Raceway in November.

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