Jessica Friesen had hopes of making her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series début in the Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but Mother Nature had other plans as rain resulted in her missing the grid. Instead, she will try again in July when the series visits Knoxville Raceway. On Monday morning before the Pinty’s Dirt Race, husband Stewart Friesen via radio interview confirmed she will once again drive the #62 Toyota Tundra for Halmar Friesen Racing at Knoxville.
A statement on social media from HFR read, “As Stewart Friesen mentioned on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Morning Drive this morning we are excited to announce that we are bringing Jessica Friesen back to qualify at Knoxville Raceway with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series!”
Primarily a modified and sprint car racer who has competed in series like the World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions, Friesen married her husband—who races full-time in the Truck Series—in 2014 and the two have frequently raced against each other on dirt. The two were to be team-mates at Bristol and had things worked out, they would have been the first spouses to enter the same NASCAR national series race together since Elton Sawyer and Patty Moise in what is now the Xfinity Series in the 1990s and the third overall after Frank and Sara Christian in the now-Cup Series in 1949.
Friesen set the nineteenth and twenty-seventh-quickest times in the two practice sessions on Friday, but rain resulted in Saturday’s heat races being cancelled and the starting grid being set by formula instead. As the #62 was entering its first-ever race, it had no owner points and she failed to make the lineup. Stewart would finish Monday’s Truck race in twelfth followed by twenty-third in his Cup Series début later in the afternoon.
The Knoxville race, scheduled for 9 July, will be NASCAR’s inaugural visit to the famed Iowa sprint car track. Host of the prestigious Knoxville Nationals, it is the second and final dirt race on the Truck calendar.