2012 Starts with Pair of Top 10’s for Abreu

PETERSEN MEDIA: While continuing his first stint down under, Rico Abreu has rang in the new year with a pair of top-10 finishes while competing at the Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane, AU.

The St. Helena, CA native’s 2012 got underway on New Years Day, and got off to a quick start as he timed in third fastest behind fellow Americans Shane Stewart, and Donny Schatz.

Abreu then proceeded to charge to a third place finish in his first heat, as he then worked his way up to a fifth place finish in his second heat, transferring his Abreu Vineyards/Kaeding Performance/Shaver powered No.89 machine into the dash.

Abreu scored a fourth place finish in the six car dash. Ordinarily that would of lined his Swift Finishing’s/SCI/Yak Graphics machine in the second row, but second place finisher, Donny Schatz, elected to take the challenge, which inverted the field and added five laps to the race and lined Abreu up in the 12th spot.

As the 35-lap feature got underway, Abreu searched around the track as he worked his way through traffic, and quickly entered the top-10.

With laps beginning to wind down, Rico moved to the top of the track and grabbed the sixth spot at the line as he chased winner and fellow American, Shane Stewart, Donny Schatz, Dan Murray, Bryan Mann, and Daryl Hodges across the stripe.

The Abreu Vineyards Racing team was back in action last night, again at the Archerfield Speedway with a few more top Americans on hand.

Rico again wowed the crowd as he timed in with the fifth quickest lap of the night, with a very star studded field checked in.

The first heat showcased Abreu charge up from his eighth starting stop to score a second place finish, as he then finished sixth in the second heat. Heat race action was good enough to transfer into the dash, where he would pilot his Stadlehofer Construction/Factory Kahne Shocks/Maxim to a sixth place finish, lining him up sixth in the feature.

When the feature went green, the bottom of the speedway was the preferred line, as the field fought with each other for bottom real-estate.

Coming from the sixth spot, Abreu was only able to get up to the fifth spot during the feature, but would eventually fall back to the seventh spot as the race came to an end as he chased Jason Meyers across the stripe.

Robby Farr would pick up the win over fellow Americans Donny Schatz and Shane Stewart.

“It was a pretty good night tonight,” explained Abreu. I wish the track would have been a little more race friendly during the feature, but we will take the seventh place finish. I have to thank my crew for all their hard work, and hopefully we can get a win this weekend before we head home.”

Abreu would like to thank Abreu Vineyards, Kaeding Performance, Stadlehofer Construction, Factory Kahne Shocks, Sprint Car Innovations, Santomauro Racing Products, ButerBuilt, Swift Metal Finishing, and 7 Industries for their continued support.

ON TAP: Rico and his Abreu Vineyards team will return to the Brisbane Speedway on January 6-7, before heading home for the Chili Bowl.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with Rico by visiting his website at www.ricoabreuracing.com, ‘liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/ricoabreuracing or following him on twitter @RicoAbreu24.

VIDEO: Be sure to check out http://www.youtube.com/ricoabreuracing for video of Rico, as content is constantly being uploaded!

MERCH: Don’t forget to stop by and visit with Rico after the races and pick up a 2011 Rico Abreu T-shirt!

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