SYRACUSE, NY (OCTOBER 10, 2010) It was a thrilling occasion this weekend at the New York State Fairgrounds as bleachers full of American dirt track race fans rose to their feet after Stewart Friesen made a charge late in the race. The Canadian star, powered by VP's special DIRTcar blend D12, beat out local favorite Jimmy Phelps to capture the SEF Small Engine Fuels 200 Championship.

Friesen’s victory marked his first career Super DIRTcar Series win. The eager driver got to take home a $50,000 grand prize and the honor of having his name officially printed in the series record book. Freisen was titled – the first Canadian racer to win the headline championship at Super Dirt Week.  

Friesen had plenty to say about his victory, “I started conserving (fuel) during the national anthem,” joked Friesen. He made the most of his resources not only setting the record for first Canadian to clench the champ title, but one of the few racers to run 130+ miles on a single tank of gas and set of tires.

The champ continued by saying, “I have to thank my buddy Jeff Strunk , he was over in turn three and had a really good look at my lines down there. He just kept drilling it in my head … conserve, conserve, conserve. The cautions fell the way we needed them to, which we kind of banked on, and it really paid off. This car was just a rocket all day, probably could’ve run a second quicker if we needed to.”

This talented Northerner matched Matt Sheppard to be deemed the second straight 27 year-old to claim a Super Dirt Week Championship. Alan Johnson continues to hold the record of being the youngest victor, taking top honors just after turning 26 in the fall of 1983.

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