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STATESVILLE, NC – Halmar Friesen Racing (HFR) officials today announced plans to chase the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship with driver Stewart Friesen.

The ‘20 season marks a new beginning for HFR and the No. 52.

HFR makes the move to Toyota with the support of Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

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

HFR has secured a new base of operations in Statesville, N.C. Trucks will be purchased through Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Tripp Bruce returns to the team as Crew Chief. Gene Nead has been signed as Competition Director.

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

HFR principal Chris Larsen feels HFR has assembled a championship-caliber organization.

“The championship is our goal,” Larsen said. “Making it to the ‘Final Four’ was an accomplishment, but we’re all competitive. You want to be sitting at the head table at the series banquet. We’re working to be that team.”

Friesen, 36, enjoyed a career season on the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in ’19, placing fourth in points and earning the first two victories of his career: on the dirt at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in August and the ISM Raceway (Phoenix) in November.

In 23 events, Friesen’s two victories were accompanied by 12 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.

The Canadian-born Friesen, who resides in Sprakers, N.Y., enters his fourth season of NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series competition.

About Halmar Friesen Racing
Founded in 2017, Halmar Friesen Racing of Statesville, N.C., is a leading NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team fielding the Halmar International No. 52 Toyota Tundra for Stewart Friesen.

About Stewart Friesen
Born in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Stewart Friesen is a 36-year-old professional stock car driver in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Now a resident of Sprakers, N.Y., Friesen additionally competes in 50-plus Northeast dirt Modified events annually. Friesen has amassed 307 career victories.


RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (December 1, 2019) – Ransomville Speedway will welcome back the stars and cars of the BRP Modified Tour on September 11, 2020, following a successful first visit by the series to the “Big R” this past season.

Last September, Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway, Ontario bested a star-studded field of Modifieds in the inaugural visit by the BRP Tour. Justin Haers, Chad Brachmann, Alan Johnson and James Sweeting rounded out the top five in that event. Rex King, Jr. placed eighth to lock up the 2019 BRP Modified Tour championship. 

This addition to the 2020 schedule means that Modified racing will continue at the “Big R” in the final two weeks of the season once weekly DIRTcar points end for the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds on Labor Day weekend. The Friday, September 11 program will also feature a Sportsman/Novice Sportsman shootout, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. 

Ransomville Speedway will be announcing additional special events for the 2020 season in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to the speedway’s website and social media channels for the latest news.

Additional marketing opportunities for the 2020 racing season at Ransomville are now available. We have a variety of ways for your company’s message to reach our fans. Busch VIP suite rentals are also available for the upcoming year. Contact Jenn Martin at the speedway office at (716) 791-3602 to lock in your group or company’s date.

About Ransomville Speedway: Opened in 1958, Ransomville Speedway is located on Braley Road in the hamlet of Ransomville, just 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and Lockport. “The Big R” is a 3/8-mile DIRTcar sanctioned facility that is the home of the Summer Nationals. Ransomville also features a 1/16-mile Go-Kart track for action on the “Little R” on Thursday nights. For more information, please visit our updated website at as well as follow us on Twitter @Ransomville and like us on Facebook. You can also contact the speedway by phone by calling (716) 791-3602 or (716) 791-3611.

Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series will be highlight of 2020 season

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 12-1-19) The wheels are in motion for rolling out the 2020 race schedule at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway and although there are a number of items still being worked out, one thing that is for certain in a new and exciting slate of races geared at honoring select accomplished greats while also paying rewarding dividends to the participants.

Being dubbed the “Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series” (MVSHoFS), this will be a special five race series held throughout the season and run amongst the Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

The full soon to be released dates will see the Modifieds competing in extra-distance/higher dollar features with a very unique twist to the number of laps for each. They will all contest in a distance that was a signature car number to the particular honoree.

Race number one of five, which will be Opening Night, April 4, honors Doug Hoffman and his No. 60. Thus the feature will be 60 laps. Next will be a 77-lapper paying tribute to John ‘Peepers’ Yerger. That will be followed by an 81-lap affair which belongs to the revered George Wambold. The next feature will be 85 laps, the number made famous by Marvin Bartholomew and finally a 99-lapper that is associated with Hal Renniger, closes out the series on October 3.

“We’re very excited to bring the Hall of Fame Series to Mahoning Valley,” offered newly hired track promoter Keith Hoffman. 

“We wanted to honor all these important drivers for their contributions to the track. Our loyal fans and drivers will now have the opportunity to compete in meaningful ‘specials’ throughout the season.”

Even though the Hall of Fame Series is geared towards Mahoning’s history, these special events are also intended to bring in some outside competitors that will only enhance the five-race series. 

“I think with the point fund and good purse we’re offering, we’ll be able to pull some talented drivers from other tracks and states and showcase our product to everyone. Even though the off-season is just starting, I’m excited to say the least,” added Hoffman.

On those same nights the Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks will be taking part in the MVSHoFS and run regular distance features.

There will be a separate tally of points for each class and at the conclusion of the five events the top three will receive point fund monies. Drivers must compete in each of the five races in order to be eligible for the point fund money. There will be a nominal entry fee to run each of the specials.

And, while there will be separate points awarded, there is also 50-showup points as well that will be added towards that driver’s 2020 regular season standings amount.

Each class will draw for starting spots for both heats and features. Only feature points will count towards the MVSHoFS title of the respective divisions.

The point fund breakdown is as follows: $1500, $1000 and $500 to the top three in Modifieds. $1000, $600 and $400 for the Street Stocks and $500, $300 and $200 for the Hobby Stocks.

As an added incentive the Modifieds will be given the opportunity of a ‘gamblers fee.’ If a driver so chooses to take the gamble then he/she will win an additional $1000 for that feature. The gamblers fee is being sponsored by Gambler Transportation and Recovery of Whitehall.

More details on the MVSHoFS along with the complete schedule will be forthcoming.

Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

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