Rico Charges Forward in Both Features

PETERSEN MEDIA: In a tail of two different circumstances over the weekend, Rico Abreu overcame adversity, and a mistake to charge his way from the back of both packs to strong finishes last weekend against the King of the West Series and the Taco Bravo Series.

The weekend started off Friday night at the Ocean Speedway for the season finale.

With 22 cars on hand, Rico timed in his Abreu Vineyards/Kaeding Performance/Maxim in with the eighth fastest lap of the night.

The time put Rico on the front row of his heat, and he proceeded to check out from the field and win his heat, putting him directly in the feature, where he would line up in the third spot.

While running in the top five, trouble struck Rico as he lost steering in the third turn.

After a quick trip to the work area, Rico still had an issue an pulled off again to make repairs, though the race went back green, the red flag flew and no lap was completed and the Kaeding Performance team was able to repair the power steering line and get the rookie back in action.

After tagging the back of the field, the youngster looked like a season veteran as he carved through traffic by any means necessary. On the white flag lap, Abreu passed Jeremy Burt heading into the first turn and secured a fifth place finish.

With the finish, Abreu was also crowned the 2011 Rookie of the Year and finished third in the ultra competitive Taco Bravo series standings.

Saturday night, Abreu bolted in his 410 power plant and went to battle with the King of the West Series at the Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway.

With 27 cars checked into the pits, Abreu again put together another strong qualifying performance with a 10 place effort.

Another heat race win put Abreu in the dash, where a fifth place finish lined him up in the third row of the 30-lap feature.

The initial lap saw the St. Helena native get in the slick stuff and lose the handle resulting in an early spin, and a trip to the back of the pack.

Abreu would recover as he and Andy Gregg battled during the feature as the duo worked their way up the field and into the top 12.

As he exchanged the 11th spot with Gregg several times, Abreu would end up 12th at the stripe.

“It was really fun to come from the back on Friday night after the power steering line blew out,” said Rico. “My guys thrashed at got us back out there under that red, and I can’t thank them enough. Saturday I just messed up. I’m still struggling on the slick tracks so it was another good learning experience.”

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 now put their 360 back in and head for the Trophy Cup next weekend in Tulare, CA.

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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