ST. HELENA, CA – It was a weekend to remember for Rico Abreu, as the St. Helena, California-native secured three consecutive podium finishes in two days, highlighting his three-race, two-day stint at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., with a Peter Murphy Classic victory on Saturday, June 8.
The King of the West-NARC Series triumph, awarding an $11,000 top prize, was the result of a combination of speed and being in the right place at the right time. Abreu, driver of the Rico Abreu/Curb Agajanian Racing/Abreu Vineyards/Curb Records/Lucas Oil Products/Southern Pacific Farms/Priority Aviation/No. 24 sprint car, was actually racing in the runner-up spot during the Peter Murphy Classic finale when caution flags waved on the final circuit. Fortunately enough, the caution involved the race leader, ultimately surrendering the top spot to sixth-starting Abreu.
A green-white-checkered finish was all that Abreu needed to endure to clinch the five-figure payday.
In addition to his victory during King of the West-NARC competition, Abreu earned a pair of podium finishes during Kings of Thunder 360 Sprint Cars action at Thunderbowl Raceway on Friday and Saturday, June 7 & 8. Abreu finished third during the Faria Memorial on Friday night, followed by a runner-up finish during the Kings of Thunder portion of the Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday.
“What a weekend,” Rico Abreu explained regarding his two-day visit to Thunderbowl Raceway. “I really can’t say enough about this team. They are an amazing group to work with and they never give up. We were in a position to win all three nights and that’s really exciting. We have a lot on our plate over the next few weeks. I know the guys are ready and so am I.”
Up next on the schedule, Rico Abreu and Rico Abreu/Curb Agajanian Racing will tackle Ohio Sprint Speedweek with the All Star Circuit of Champions; nine races in nine days across much of the Buckeye State, visiting eight tracks in the process: Attica Raceway Park, Eldora Speedway, Muskingum County Speedway, Wayne County Speedway, Sharon Speedway, Atomic Speedway, Mansfield Motor Speedway, Limaland Motorsports Park, and Wayne County Speedway, respectively. The nine-day campaign will activate on Friday, June 14, at Attica Raceway Park.
Helping Rico Abreu and Rico Abreu Racing chase the All Star Circuit of Champions up and down the Ohio Sprint Speedweek campaign trail is Derek Snyder, founder of Self Made Racing, as well as the Executive Manager and Partner of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC and Pace Performance.
Creating an added level of support that will ultimately push Abreu to the peak of his potential, the St. Helena, California-native will fly the Self Made colors for the duration of Ohio Sprint Speedweek, working for not only his first All Star victory of the season, but the ultimate goal of attaining an Ohio Sprint Speedweek title.
“We are very excited to have Derek Snyder of Self Made Racing join our team for Ohio Sprint Speedweek,” Rico Abreu said. “Derek is a proud supporter of sprint car racing, as well as a devoted fan. His love for the sport is unmatched in a lot of ways and we are more than proud to represent his mission.”
“Rico Abreu is a class act and a fierce competitor,” Derek Snyder said, who also helps promote the Salute to the Troops program at BAPS Motor Speedway in August. “I’m sure he’ll represent Self Made, Sweeney and Pace Performance at the highest level. I’m excited to see how his week in Ohio unfolds.”
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|2019 Rico Abreu Racing Statistics: (thru June 10, 2019)|
|Total Races: 26|
|Total Wins: 2|
|Total Top-5s: 11|
|Total Top-10s: 16|
|**Stats only reflect starts in RAR #24 Sprint Car|