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Halmar Friesen Racing switching to Toyota for 2020 Truck Series season

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After winning two Truck Series races and making the Championship 4 in 2019, Halmar Friesen Racing will switch from Chevrolet to Toyota for the 2020 season, the team announced Tuesday.

The team, which fields the No. 52 truck driven by Stewart Friesen, goes from an alliance with GMS Racing to receiving support from Toyota Racing Development. It will purchase trucks from Kyle Busch Motorsports.

The team has also acquired a new headquarters in Statesville, North Carolina.

Tripp Bruce returns to the team as crew chief. Gene Nead has been signed as Competition Director.

Friesen, 36, will compete in his third full-time season on the circuit next year.

“We were all very impressed after spending time with Toyota,” Friesen said in a press release. “TRD has been welcoming to our organization. With their support, knowledge and technology, we hope to bring our team to another level.

Added Friesen: “Through this transition, we’ve been able to retain several members of our team from last season. They’ve remained loyal to us and have new energy going into 2020.”

Friesen’s wins came at Eldora Speedway and ISM Raceway, which was his first win on pavement.