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ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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A Close Victory for Friesen at Eldora Dirt Derby

By: Sarah Agnone

Canadian driver Stewart Friesen took a close win with 0.728 seconds on driver Sheldon Creed at the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby.

Fans were on their feet in excitement for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby. Canadian driver Stewart Friesen took a close win with 0.728 seconds on driver Sheldon Creed.

After lap 94 of 150, Friesen maintained the lead and prevailed in a close two lap race against Creed to the finish line, securing his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career victory. The first 94 laps were held by defending Eldora Dirt Derby Champion Chase Briscoe, who ended the race in seventh.

Grant Enfinger, the championship points leader, took third. Mike Marlar and Todd Gilliland came in fourth and fifth, respectively.

The slick dirt of the Eldora Speedway challenged many of the drivers, causing spin outs and multi-truck accidents. Three-time series winner Ross Chastain began in fifth, but suffered a lone spinout and finished in 12th place. Driver Harrison Burton lost his 8th place spot with a spinout and multi-truck collision. His accident put him in 31st place out of 32 drivers, and retired his No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

Friesen was long overdue for a victory after three seasons of six runner-up finishes. His last race at Pocono Raceway put him in last place and nearly cost him a spot in the eight driver championship lineup. His Eldora Dirt Derby win secured his place with breathing room.

Eldora Speedway

ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: General view during the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Eldora Dirt Derby

ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: The field does a four-wide military salute prior to the start of the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Horses at the Eldora Dirt Derby

ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Fans salute during the national anthem prior to the start of the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #27 DiaEdge Ford, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Friesen Post Victory

ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, applies the winner's sticker after the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Dust at the Eldora Dirt Derby

ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Riders at the Eldora Dirt Derby

ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Photo By: Matt Sullivan

Friesen celebrating post victory

ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, digs dirt from the track with his son, Parker, after winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Mid Race at the Eldora Dirt Derby

ROSSBURG, OHIO - AUGUST 01: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, leads Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 IdealDoor/Menards Ford, during the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on August 01, 2019 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Top ten drivers in the championship point standings:

  1. Brett Moffitt
  2. Grant Enfinger
  3. Stewart Friesen
  4. Austin Hill
  5. Ross Chastain
  6. Matt Crafton
  7. Johnny Sauter
  8. Tyler Ankrum
  9. Ben Rhodes
  10. Harrison Burton

The regular season series caps off at the Michigan International Speedway.

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