Stewart and Jessica Friesen to run Bristol

Stewart and Jessica Friesen are trying to be the very first couple to race in the very same NASCAR race considering that Elton Sawyer and Patty Moise.

Stewart Friesen’s Halmar Friesen Racing group stated Thursday that Jessica would try to certify a 2nd truck for the group for the March 27 Truck Series race on the Bristol dirt track. If Jessica certifies, the Friesens will be the 2nd couple to race in the very same nationwide NASCAR race and the very first to race for the very same group.

Stewart drives the No. 52 truck full-time and is presently 6th in the points standings. Jessica, who has actually raced at dirt tracks around the nation, will try the race in the No. 62 truck.

“I’ve been racing sprint cars and modifieds on dirt for my entire racing career and it’s amazing to get an opportunity to compete at this level,” Jessica Friesen stated in a declaration. “I’m looking forward to the experience of driving a truck for the first time.”

NASCAR revealed ahead of the 2021 season that the spring races at Bristol Motor Speedway would be on dirt rather of the track’s standard concrete surface area. Bristol has actually trucked in loads and lots of dirt to cover the half-mile track for what will be the very first NASCAR Cup Series race on dirt.

The Truck Series has actually raced on dirt prior to. The series raced at Eldora Speedway in Ohio from 2013-19 prior to the race was canceled in 2020 since of the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR and Eldora owner Tony Stewart — a three-time Cup Series champ and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing — did not concern an arrangement to restore the agreement for 2021 and beyond.

Sawyer and Moise ran in the Busch Series

Sawyer and Moise raced in over 100 races together in NASCAR’s second-tier Busch Series (now the Xfinity Series) from 1986-1998.

Their very first race together in the series came at Roadway Atlanta in 1986 and their last race together was Moise’s last start in 1998 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While Sawyer won one race throughout Moise’s Busch Series profession, it came at Myrtle Beach in 1994 in a race that Moise didn’t go into.

The last significant NASCAR couple to race together was Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. They completed in the Cup Series while they were dating from 2013-2017.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.