Friesen Quietly Earns First Top-5 on Pavement

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A new relationship with GMS Racing seemingly clicked on Saturday for Stewart Friesen at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

While the spotlight was on the playoff drivers, Friesen sneaked his way into the top-five and ran up there a majority of the second half of the race. A fifth-place finish would be the best finish for the Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario native since he finished second at Eldora.

The new relationship comes after the organization split with Tommy Baldwin Racing and realigned with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship winning team GMS Racing. Before the top-five finish took place, Friesen earned his best pavement start of 11th. His previous best start on pavement came at Pocono earlier this season where he started 15th.

Halmar Racing has teamed with GMS for the remainder of the season, meaning Friesen could spoil the party for the playoff drivers more often.

Friesen returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the second season in a row. Last year, he finished 19th after starting 19th.

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Christian is from Ooltewah, TN, a town on the outskirts of Chattanooga. He began writing about NASCAR in July of 2015 when he started his own blog. In 2017, Christian moved to OnPitRoad from his blog, He also contributes writing to a few other news sources. His first race he ever attended came in 2005 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and his first race as media came in 2015 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. His favorite track to attend is either Iowa Speedway or Bristol Motor Speedway and his favorite track he hasn't been to yet is Phoenix. Christian makes occasional appearances on The Race Trim Radio Show on Frat House Sports and really enjoys talking about racing with anyone. Along with NASCAR, Christian loves Minor and Major League Baseball and Football. His favorite teams include the Minnesota Twins, Washington Nationals, Chattanooga Lookouts, Iowa State Cyclones, and The Detroit Lions.

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