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Stewart Friesen Remaining in Truck Series, Moving to Toyota in 2020

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Halmar Friesen Racing will remain in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series in 2020, though the team will have a slightly different look.

The No. 52 will move from Chevrolet to Toyota in 2020, the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Stewart Friesen remains the driver of the No. 52 full time, and Tripp Bruce remains its crew chief. Gene Nead, meanwhile, will be its competition director.

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

After a previous partnership with GMS Racing while with Chevrolet, HFR will purchase trucks from Kyle Busch Motorsports for 2020.

Next season will mark Friesen’s third full-time year in the Truck Series, following a pair of part-time runs beginning in 2016. He has two wins — both coming in 2019 — 23 top fives and 37 top 10s, and Friesen finished fourth in points in 2019.

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    Not sure it will make any difference what manufacturer he switches to bc all the trucks have the same spec engines.

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      There is also aero to look at as well.

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      If you decide to align with KBM, you naturally align with Toyota to gain the benefits that KBM have gained with the Toyota program. If Toyota takes you on as a supported Team, further benefits may become available. So the switch is not just likely, but probably a positive development in support, PR, sponsor access and other benefits. Having a top 4 Team move to KBM is a positive thing for Manufacturers points, Team points and overall data sharing. Quite a coup!

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