Stewart Friesen finishes 5th in NASCAR truck race in St. Louis

Stewart Friesen started 13th in Sunday’s NASCAR Truck Series at the Gateway Speedway outside of St. Louis, Missouri, but finished in fifth place in the crash-marred main event.

The Sprakers, New York, driver ran 10th most of the event, but he managed to dodge several mishaps that marred the closing laps, and he brought his Chris Larson-owned Halmar Toyota home fifth.


The pavement modifieds had a pair of high-dollar special events in New Hampshire this weekend, and Matt Hirschman and Justin Bonsignore came away with well-earned victories.

Friday night at the Claremont (New Hampshire) Speedway, Hirschman crashed in his qualifying heat and was forced to run the consolation event. The second-generation Northampton, Pennsylvania, driver started last in the 100-lap feature and slowly began working his way up through the field on the one-third-mile Claremont track.

Midway through the feature, most of the leaders pitted for tires, but Hirschman ran the race without pitting and easily moved into the lead and walked away with a nice $10,000 check. Matt Kimball was second, with Les Hinkley, Eric Goodell and Andy Jankowiak following.

Sunday afternoon, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour had a 200-lap point race at the Monadnock (New Hampshire) Speedway. Current Whelen Tour point leader Justin Bonsignore overhauled leader Ronnie Silk on the 175th circuit and went on to his third Whelen triumph of 2020.

It was the 29th career Whelen win for the Holtsville (Long Island) winner. Silk held on for second, while six-time Whelen tour champion Doug Coby was third. Claremont winner Matt Hirschman ended up sixth.

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