Stewart and Jessica Friesen enter Bristol
Jessica Friesen will try to make her NASCAR nationwide series launching at Bristol Motor Speedway for a prospective face-off with her partner in the Truck Series race.
Stewart Friesen remains in his 5th complete season of Truck Series competitors and his other half restricts her racing to run automobile and customized departments. Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend has actually been transformed into a dirt track — a surface area matched for Jessica Friesen’s experience — so Halmar Friesen Racing went into a 2nd truck for Saturday night.
If she makes the field, Jessica and Stewart Friesen would be the very first couple to complete in the very same NASCAR race because Elton Sawyer and Patty Moise in a 1998 second-tier series occasion. Jessica Friesen is slated to drive the No. 62 Toyota while her partner will remain in his normal No. 52 Tundra.
The accumulation has actually been puzzling for their five-year-old boy, Parker, who takes a trip with his moms and dads to their particular races. When Parker was identified on the autistic spectrum, Jessica Friesen downsized her racing to look after him while likewise concentrating on the household printing organization.
“He’s still very confused,” Jessica Friesen stated of her boy. ““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.”
The Friesens have actually completed in the very same occasion prior to, consisting of a sprint automobile race in upstate New york city 2 days after their 2014 wedding event. They completed initially and second — however Jessica Friesen is seeking to alter the outcomes at Bristol.
“It was ‘Stewart Friesen and wife ran one and two,’” she stated. “I’m looking forward to changing that a little bit, those headlines a little bit.”
Jessica Friesen will need to certify her method into the race through the 4, 15-minute heat races prior to the Saturday night centerpiece and the field is stacked: There are 7 full-time Cup Series chauffeurs amongst the 44 attempting to make the 36-truck field.
“This will be a story for our grandkids someday,” Jessica Friesen 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.”
Bristol has actually changed its concrete surface area with 20,000 truckloads of clay in order to host NASCAR’s very first Cup race on dirt in 70 years and the surface area has actually developed several chances this weekend.
The day after the Truck Series race, Stewart Friesen will make his very first profession Cup start, chosen by Spire Motorsports to drive its No. 77 Chevrolet. Stewart Friesen has more than 330 profession wins in dirt customized racing and won the 2019 Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.
“It’s a dream come true to compete in the Cup Series,” Stewart Friesen stated. “It’s the peak of motorsports in The United States and Canada. As a race fan myself, it has actually constantly been something I’ve dreamed about doing. There’s some things we can draw from our dirt experience with the truck at Eldora and use to the Cup automobile, to ideally be extremely competitive at Bristol.”
More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.