NASCAR took the truck ahead of the first practice session; Team forced to backup
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has unloaded on a Thursday at Kentucky Speedway. This morning, the division has two practice sessions, qualifying as well as their race later tonight.
However, before cars took to the track, NASCAR confiscated the No. 52 driven by Stewart Friesen. The Chevrolet is fielded by Halmar Racing.
The truck was rolled to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series hauler and sat alongside, uncovered. Several crew chiefs from competing teams came to check out the truck as it sat on display.
Two NASCAR officials later sat outside the hauler in chairs placed by the truck. A cover was eventually placed over the top of the truck.
NASCAR officials stated the reason for the confiscation was related to the rear firewall of the truck.
No crew members were immediately ejected. For now, NASCAR just won’t allow him to use the truck in question. Penalties could still be pending but likely won’t be released until the mid-week penalty report.
Friesen and the team unloaded the backup truck, which was cleared by NASCAR. He sat 7th on the times sheet following the early morning practice session.
The rule states that if a team goes to a backup, they have to go to the rear. Typically, that doesn’t happen before a single lap on the track. However, Stewart Friesen will still be required to start the race from the rear, regardless of his qualifying efforts.