Rico Abreu – 2016 Martinsville Speedway Preview

Rico-Safelite-TSR-2016Team Information:
Crew Chief: Doug George
Manufacturer: Toyota
Engine: Triad Racing Technologies
2016 Driver Point Standings: 20th
2016 Owner Point Standings: 21st

Sounding Off – Rico Abreu:

You will be making your series debut on a half-mile track at Martinsville Speedway this weekend, but you’ve done some short track racing on the K&N side. Is short track racing intense for a driver?

“Martinsville will be intense, and we’ll build up some frustration – just because you can’t seem to get away from guys, and at the same time, you can’t really seem to get to them at times. It’s tough to pass, and that’s when it comes down to restarts, and bumping guys to get them out of the way. My ThorSport Racing teammate, Matt Crafton has been solid there, he’s won a couple races at Martinsville, so I’ll be able to lean on him throughout the weekend. I think we’ll have a fast Safelite Toyota Tundra this weekend, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the truck after this long break.”

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will utilize chassis No. 44 for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
  • Martinsville Debut… Making only his fifth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start, Rico Abreu will make his Martinsville (Va.) Speedway debut in Saturday’s 250-lap event at the .526-mile paperclip. In fact, this will be Abreu’s first career short track start in the NCWTS.
  • Short-Track Success… Abreu made seven starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2015 at tracks a half-mile or less in length. Among those seven starts included two poles – Langley Speedway in Hampton, Ga., and Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio, one win, at Columbus Speedway, a second-place finish at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pa., and six top-10 finishes.
  • Testing, 1, 2, 3, Testing… During the NCWTS “Spring Break” Abreu and his ThorSport Racing team tested at Sandusky Speedway in Sandusky, Ohio in preparation for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Rookie Stripe… Abreu, who is competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2016, was the third-highest finishing rookie contender following the NCWTS event at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (AMS) last month, and currently sits fifth in the standings following the second race of the season.
  • Atlanta Review… The ThorSport Racing driver started 27th, and finished a career best 11th in his AMS debut.
  • Safelite Repair, Safelite Replace… Safelite AutoGlass®, the nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 98 Toyota Tundra for all 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events throughout Abreu’s rookie season in 2016. For more information on Safelite AutoGlass visit Safelite.com

Abreu’s Career NCWTS Stats:

  • Four starts since 2015
  • Best start: 14th (Phoenix and Homestead, 2015)
  • Best finish: 11th (Atlanta, 2016)
Year Track Started Finished Laps Status Led
2015 Phoenix 14 28 44/150 Crash 0
2015 Homestead 14 13 134/134 Running 0
2016 Daytona 16 29 92/100 Crash 0
2016 Atlanta 27 11 130/130 Running 0

 

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
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