Halmar Friesen Racing has been announced as a new full-time team in the Camping World Truck Series with its day-to-day operations led by Tommy Baldwin Jr.
The team is founded by Chris Larsen and Stewart Friesen. Friesen, who will drive the No. 52 Chevrolet, is a veteran of modified and sprint car racing who made his Truck debut last year at Eldora Speedway as part of a six-race program with Larsen.
Friesen’s best result was 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“I’m super excited to be part of the Halmar Friesen Racing team,” said Friesen in a press release. “We did a bit of racing last year to get our feet wet on asphalt, and we were pleased with our success. Everything we have going on with Tommy is exciting. It’s great to have his experience guiding our team so we can hit the ground running in Daytona.”
The team purchased the trucks and points that were used by JR Motorsports, which closed its truck program following the 2016 season.
Baldwin’s managing position with the team comes after he sold Tommy Baldwin Racing’s charter in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last month. TBR fielded the No. 7 driven by Regan Smith last season. Despite selling his charter to Leavine Family Racing, Baldwin says all of his Cup equipment is still in his possession.
“I have all my assets,” Baldwin said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday. “I have the Cup program just sitting there.”
Baldwin said he expected to make further announcements in the coming week about more of his 2017 plans.
Baldwin’s relationship with HFR began when he lent the team equipment last year.
“All of our employees that were with TBR at time, most of them have shipped over to the truck side,” Baldwin said. “I let all of the guys know probably a month and a half before the season ended so they could get a head start on everybody trying to find some work. … This truck programs started probably in November gaining some momentum.”
The Truck Series season begins on Feb. 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
The state of New Mexico is known more for IndyCar racing, with the Unser family being the state’s favorite sons.
Al Unser won four Indianapolis 500s, brother Bobby three and Al’s son Al Jr. a two-time winner (this weekend’s 500 marks the 25th anniversary of Little Al’s second 500 triumph).
But there’s a strong grassroots racing scene in the Land of Enchantment, particularly in the far southeast corner of the state at Cardinal Speedway, a half-mile dirt track in the little town of Eunice.
NASCAR America continues its My Home Track series of 50 states in 50 shows.
Wednesday, we visit New York state.
2018 NASCAR schedule changes: EVP Steve O’Donnell breaks it down (video)
On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell joined us to discuss the NASCAR Cup schedule changes in 2018, including running a road race at Charlotte and having Indianapolis be the final race before the playoffs.
“I’m real excited about these changes,” said O’Donnell, who cited unprecedented cooperation between NASCAR, its teams, drivers and sponsors to reach agreement on the schedule changes.
Among the key changes: Las Vegas will kick off the 10-race playoffs in 2018 (Chicagoland Speedway, which will have hosted the last seven playoff openers, will return to its more traditional race date in early July/late June and serve as a run-up to the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona.
Several other changes include:
The fall playoff race at Charlotte will move up a couple weeks in the schedule and also incorporate competition on both the infield road course and part of the speedway itself.
After 14 years as the deciding race to qualify for the NASCAR Cup playoffs, Richmond International Raceway will now become the second race of the playoffs.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway will see it’s Brickyard 400 go from late July to become the final qualifying race for the playoffs in early September.
Catch up on all the changes in the above video.
Tony Stewart pulled over by state trooper, but it’s not for speeding
That, or they’re not Stewart or NASCAR fans. They ordered Cunningham to delete the tweet, which he did.
It’s unclear what Stewart, who was stopped on his 46th birthday, was doing in the Land of Lincoln.
But his luck went from bad to worse a few hours later. According to USA Today, Stewart and others were stuck in an elevator in a Madison, Wisconsin hotel for about 20 minutes before being rescued by firefighters.
We can just imagine what the elevator riders talked about while trapped.
How much do you want to bet Stewart said, “Man, do I have a story about a cop that I have to tell you.”
Cunningham then posted another tweet on Sunday after attending church services.
@TonyStewart as I was sitting in church today, the preacher preached forgiveness is the core. I apologize 4 the stir the picture caused.
Criticism was raised after last weekend’s 70-lap event featured only three lead changes. Kyle Busch took the lead on the restart to begin the final 10-lap stage and went on to win. It marked the fourth time in the last five years the All-Star winner led every lap in the final stage. In 12 All-Star Races at Charlotte since the track was repaved, there have been two lead changes in the final five laps.
Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, was clear in a call with reporters Tuesday that the All-Star Race is set for Charlotte.
“We’ve finished our discussions for ’18,” he said. ” We’ll begin looking at ’19 and beyond in the near future.”
The All-Star Race debuted at Charlotte in 1985, moved to Atlanta in 1986 and returned to Charlotte the following year. It has been held at Charlotte ever since.