Husband-wife pairing set for Bristol dirt debut

Stewart and Jessica Friesen have actually contended versus each other prior to in numerous sprint automobile and customized departments, collaborating as a powerful husband-wife mix at regional and local dirt-track places. They haven’t formed a 1-2 punch on rather as big a phase as they prepare to next weekend, with both Friesens gone into in the NASCAR Outdoor Camping World Truck Series’ very first race on Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt surface area.

Ought to Jessica certify, it would mark her NASCAR nationwide series launching.

The whole circumstance has the couple’s 5-year-old boy, Parker, a bit perplexed.

“He’s still very confused on that, I think,” Jessica stated in a Wednesday video call with press reporters. “He says, ‘No, Mom. Dad races the truck, you race the modified, and trucks don’t race on dirt, trucks race on the pavement.’ So he was just kind of getting his mind wrapped around all that. He was still, two years ago at Eldora (Speedway), a little bit young to really soak it all up and quite understand exactly what was going on.”

The March 27-28 weekend guarantees to be a huge one for the Friesens. The Halmar Friesen Racing operation will field a 2nd truck, putting Jessica in the No. 62 Toyota with her other half wheeling his familiar No. 52 entry. And Stewart’s weekend work simply increased with Tuesday’s statement from Spire Motorsports that Sunday’s centerpiece will mark his Cup Series launching in the No. 77 Chevrolet.

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The Friesens’ racing efforts have actually been mainly restricted to a smaller sized scale on dirt tracks in the northeast, however their success has actually been available in bigger step. The couple — who counts motorists’ conferences at Utica-Rome (N.Y.) Speedway amongst their very first dates in the early 2000s — swept to a dominant 1-2 surface in big-block customized competitors as just recently as last August at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway’s dirt half-mile.

Jessica stated she matured in racing, beginning with go-karts at age 7 and working her method up the regional ladder. She has actually put her motorsports efforts mostly on the back burner over the last few years, putting her household and take care of her boy, who is on the autism spectrum, as a leading concern with the household’s screen-printing service — One Zee Tees — coming 2nd.

That pecking order left racing 3rd on the list, however when the chance emerged to bend her dirt-track abilities in the Bristol inaugural along with her other half, it was too luring to skip.

“This will be a story for our grandkids someday,” Jessica stated. “No matter what happens at this race, we went and did this. We kind of went out there, had fun and hopefully it turns out well. Hopefully, we’ll see. Who knows what could happen. Stewart says no pressure, so I’m just going to keep having that mentality.”

Jessica stated she has actually been leaning on her other half’s experience with trucks, considered that at-track time will be restricted prior to initial certifying heats up and the included Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt (March 27, 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). He ought to be an important resource, thinking about the very first of his 2 Outdoor camping World Trucks triumphes began Eldora’s Ohio clay back in 2019.

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When it pertains to expectations, Stewart stated there are no friendly wagers in between the 2 regarding who may fare the very best at Bristol. The group, nevertheless? Stewart couldn’t assist be smile.

“I think on the crew, there’s a lot of side bets going on with our guys,” he stated.

As far as the youngest Friesen in the household is worried, Parker’s rooting interests still seem a divided commitment.

“He’s been asked that a couple times, and he changes his outlook on it depending on what he’s trying to get from mom or dad at that moment,” Jessica stated. “I’m not so sure he knows.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.