Abreu Scores Third and Fourth Place Finishes at Fall Nationals

Rico Abreu. - Bill Miller Photo


 Back in his home state of California racing his winged sprint car, Rico Abreu was in action for three races and scored three top-10 finishes.


“It was a fun week racing back home, and we had a pretty good week,” Abreu said.

Rico Abreu. - Bill Miller Photo
Rico Abreu. – Bill Miller Photo


Hitting the Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday and Saturday night for the Fall Nationals, Abreu kicked his weekend off on Friday night by timing his Abreu Vineyards/ButlerBuilt/FK Rod Ends backed machine in 13th fastest.


Lining up on the pole of his heat, Abreu slipped back to the second spot, where he would finish, but earned the ultra important berth into the night’s Dash, and Main Event.


Lining up seventh in the Dash, Abreu would finish in the sixth spot, on the extremely fast ¼ mile speedway, putting him in the third row of the feature event.


Lining up sixth, Abreu jumped into the fifth spot when the race went green, as he held his throttle to the floor.


Moving at a blistering pace, Abreu would work into the fourth spot as he leaders got into traffic, and would hang on to the position at the finish line.


Saturday night was a night and day different surface, as the track was slick early in the evening.


With 51 cars on hand, Abreu timed his machine in second fastest, putting him in the second heat race.


Scoring a fourth place finish, Abreu transferred into the feature event, and also earned a spot in the Dash based on his qualifying time.


Lining up fourth in the Dash, Abreu was able to move into the third spot, putting him in the second row for the 30-lap feature event, on a track that was very narrow, and taking rubber.


When the race went green, Abreu simply got into line in the third spot, and focused on hitting his marks for 30-laps, and saving his tire.


Though there was a couple of restarts, Abreu held tough, and scored a third place finish.


On Wednesday night, Rico and his Abreu Vineyards team were in action at the Placerville Speedway taking on the Civil War Series.


Experiencing brake issues halfway through he feature, the Rutherford, CA driver was able to fight the thick Placerville Speedway and score a seventh place finish.


“I have to thank Paul Silva, and everyone who works hard on this car,” Abreu said. “It wasn’t that greatest conditions to race on over the weekend, but we had a car that was able to put us where we needed to be, and we were able to get some strong finishes out of it.”


Rico and his team would like to thank Abreu Vineyards, ButlerBuilt, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld, Keith Kunz Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, and Willwood for their support.


2013 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-89, Wins-10, Top 5’s-37, Top 10’s-52


ON TAP: Abreu will now return to his Keith Kunz Motorsports team for this weekends Gold Crown Nationals.


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