Rico Abreu – 2016 Canada Preview

Rico-Safelite-TSR-2016Team Information:
Crew Chief: Doug George
Manufacturer: Toyota
Engine: Triad Racing Technologies
2016 Driver Points: 13th
2016 Owner Points: 14th

Sounding Off – Rico Abreu:

This weekend’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is the only road coarse race on the schedule. I know you’ve done a little bit of road course racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, is this something that you enjoy?

“I actually really enjoy it. I wish we had a few more road courses, but I’m very new to it, and we only did two races last year. I’ve got a little seat time from Canada on my iRacing at home, so we’ll see. It’ll definitely be interesting. There’s a lot of blind spots it seems like, just by getting a little bit of time up there on the computer, I feel like it will help. I just have to have a smart race, and what it really comes down to is just having fun. Finishing, and not destroying a truck, not making it too hard on the guys back at the shop.” 



News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 47 for Sunday’s NCWTS 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP). This is the same chassis Johnny Sauter piloted to a sixth-place finish at CTMP in 2015.
  • Canada Stats… Abreu, who will be making his 16th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Sunday, will also make his track debut at the 2.459-mile road course.
  • Road Course Stats… Abreu has two starts on a road course in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at VIR, and Watkins Glen (2015).
  • 2016 Dirt Success… In 73 races this season, Abreu has 11 wins, 25 top-five, and 36 top-10 finishes.
  • Rookie Stripe… Abreu, who is competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2016, is currently fifth in the standings after 14 races this season.
  • Race Rewind – Michigan… Making his track debut at MIS in the NCWTS, Abreu qualified 15th, ran as high as third, and finished 13th in the rain delayed event.

Abreu’s 2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 14
  • Top-5 Finishes: 1
  • Top-10 Finishes: 4
  • Best Start: 10th (Charlotte)
  • Best Finish: 3rd (Eldora)
  • Laps Completed: 2154 of 2176 (99.0%)
  • Laps Led: 1 (Charlotte)
  • Start: 19.1
  • Finish: 15.6

Abreu’s Career NCWTS Stats:

  • 16 starts since 2015
  • Top-5 finishes: 1 (3rd, Eldora, 2016)
  • Top-10 finishes: 4
  • Laps Led: 1 (Charlotte, 2016)
  • Laps Completed: 2332
  • Best start: 10th (Charlotte, 2016)
  • Best finish: 3rd (Eldora, 2016)
  • Average Start: 18.4
  • Average Finish: 16.2

2016 Dirt Highlights:

  • 73 Total races
  • 11 Wins
  • Top-5 Finishes: 25
  • Top-10 Finishes: 36

Wins:

  • Jan 13 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Expo Raceway – Preliminary Qualifier Night, 30th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals – Keith Kunz Motorsports, Midgets.
  • Jan 16 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Expo Raceway – 30th Annual Chili Bowl Feature Event – Keith Kunz Motorsports, Midgets
  • April 15 Chico, CA – Silver Dollar Speedway – Abreu Vineyards 410 Winged Sprint Car
  • April 15 Placerville, CA – Placerville Speedway – Abreu Vineyards 410 Winged Sprint Car
  • May 28 Orrville, OH – Wayne County Speedway – Abreu Vineyards 410 Winged Sprint Car
  • June 5 Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway – Keith Kunz Motorsports, Midget
  • June 20 Orrville, OH – Wayne County Speedway – Abreu Vineyards 410 Winged Sprint Car
  • July 23 Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway – Abreu Vineyards 410 Winged Sprint Car
  • August 6, Pevely, MO – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – 410 Winged Sprint Car
  • August 12, Knoxville, IA – Qualifying Night, 56th Annual Knoxville Nationals – 410 Winged Sprint Car
  • August 21, Brandon, SD – Badlands Motor Speedway – Abreu Vineyards 410 Winged Sprint Car

Abreu’s Career Stats:

  • 2011 360 Winged Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2012 won the Trophy Cup at Thunderbowl Raceway
  • 2012 USAC National Midget Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2013 & 2014 Belleville Midget Nationals Winner
  • 2013 4 Crown Nationals Winner at Eldora Speedway
  • 2013 & 2014 Johnny Key Classic Winner – One of five drivers to win back-to-back titles
  • 2013 USAC Gold Crown Midget Nationals
  • 2014 USAC Midget National Champion
  • 2015 Chili Bowl Nationals Winner
  • 2015 Pepsi Nationals Winner
  • 2015 NASCAR K&N Series Most Popular Driver
  • 2016 Chili Bowl Nationals Winner

Race Information:
Date: Sunday, September 4, 2016
Time: 2:30pm ET on FOX Sports 1, and MRN Radio
Track: 2.459-mile road course
Distance: 64 laps/157.37 miles

 

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