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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An Ooltewah, TN native, Christian has been writing since July of 2015. In 2017, Christian transitioned from his own blog to a few different websites, joining OnPitRoad in February. In 2005 Christian attended his first race as a fan at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s been around racing his entire life and enjoys being at the track more than anything. He made his media debut at Bristol in 2015. His favorite tracks are Iowa Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Phoenix. He enjoys talking about racing with just about anyone and makes occasional appearances on numerous radio shows across the country. In his time attending races he’s attended almost ninety races among the six racing series. Along with NASCAR, He loves Minor and Major League Baseball. He’s a Minnesota Twins and Chattanooga Lookouts. He also enjoys watching Iowa State Cyclones college football.