Watch: Stewart Friesen’s Car Suffers Heavy Damage in NASCAR Truck Series Crash

Published 08/08/2020, 10:25 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Michigan Speedway on Friday was an eventful race, to say the least. A nasty collision on Lap 50 of the race caused heavy damage to the car of Stewart Friesen and spoiled the race for a few others as well.

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A record 11 caution periods were brought out in the race due to various incidents. Christian Eckes finished the race in second place, just .318 seconds behind another youngster and good friend Zane Smith.

But he was almost knocked out as well before a late surge gave a key podium finish.

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Friesen, Crafton, and Gravel involved in NASCAR Truck Series crash

The crash on Lap 50 took shape when Stewart Friesen’s and Christian Eckes’ cars collided with each other. Others behind them who also took a hit, as a result, were Matt Crafton, Ryan Truex, and David Gravel.

Friesen’s No. 52 car was seen incurring heavy damage after the crash. He finished the last of the 39 tracks in the race.

Crafton finished in 23rd place. He had a very previous good race weekend at the Kansas Speedway with two top-five finishes, including a win.

David Gravel too left the incident behind himself and secured a top-10 finish. Meanwhile, Ryan Truex finished in 19th place.

The crash brought out the 5th caution of the race.

Stewart Friesen

Grant Enfinger was leading the race for the most time before another collision ended his hopes as well.

Enfinger led for 38 laps of the 107 laps in the race. He was involved in a three-truck collision at the front that also involved Austin Hill, who won the race at the same venue last year.

Chandler Smith eliminated after crash

NASCAR Cup Series rookie John Hunter Nemechek was also affected in the crash. Enfinger’s lead slipped away and he finished in 33rd place, as a result.

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Chandler Smith also had an unfortunate ending to his race. He was eliminated after an incident on Lap 60 where he crashed with Ben Rhodes. Smith finished 38th, just in front of Stewart Friesen.

The race was won by 21-year-old Zane Smith who notched up his first NASCAR career win.

Source – Twitter: FOX:NASCAR, NBC Sports

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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