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- Updated: January 9, 2017
After testing the waters in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last season, Chris Larsen and Stewart Friesen are ready to give the full tour a try in 2017.
Larson and Friesen announced in a release on Monday the formation of Halmar Friesen Racing (HFR), a new organization set to compete in the full upcoming NCWTS schedule.
Friesen, a known name in the Modified and Sprint Car ranks, competed in six NCWTS races in 2016, starting with his series debut at Eldora Speedway in July. Friesen earned a career-best finish of 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the stint.
“I’m super excited to be part of the Halmar Friesen Racing team,” Friesen said. “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.”
Overseeing operations at HFR will be Tommy Baldwin, whose Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series venture came to a close at the end of 2016.
— Tommy Baldwin Racing (@TBR_Racing) January 9, 2017
Larson, owner of Halmar International, noted Baldwin as the reason for the team’s full-time commitment.
“We got our feet wet at Eldora last season mostly because we wanted to have some fun,” Larson said. “After that, we ran several more races to get a sense of where we were. When an opportunity came to work with Tommy (Baldwin) and it was a no brainer for us. Because of the relationship with Tommy we have committed to running the whole season. We know we will be prepared, we have good equipment and a great driver.”
Serving as Friesen’s crew chief will be Trip Bruce, a veteran of the series whose resume includes 10 victories and a series championship with Johnny Benson.