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Rico Abreu, small in stature and big on talent, made a name for himself wheeling sprint cars and midgets on dirt. It hasn’t taken long to get acclimated to stock car racing on asphalt.
In only his seventh start, the 23-year-old from St. Helena, Calif., earned his first NASCAR win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Columbus Motor Speedway Saturday night.
With his victory in the NAPA 150, Abreu continues his breakout year that saw him with the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, make his first stock car start in February, sign with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks and win his first Coors Light Pole Award in the previous K&N Pro Series East event at Langley Speedway.
Abreu captured his second Coors Light Pole Award in a row earlier in the evening at Columbus, but it was the decisive pass for the lead that he made on lap 115 that ultimately delivered his first victory.
I have watched Rico Abreu weheel sprint cars and midgets around some of the most famous race tracks on the West Coast for the last four or five years, and it was obvious to me that this young man had the potential to make it in “The Big Show”. It appears that my thoughts are starting to become a reality for this “wine country native”!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORTKING ON MY REDNECK!