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Mechanical Issues Hold Rico Abreu to 13th Place Finish in Stock Car Debut

Mechanical Issues Hold Rico Abreu to 13th Place Finish in Stock Car Debut

by January 25, 2015 0 comments

Photo credit: Wayne Thomas/The Fourth Turn

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — 2015 Chili Bowl winner Rico Abreu’s debut in a stock car didn’t quite go off without a hitch on Saturday night.

Abreu, who will drive full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks this year, finished 13th in a 25-driver field in a super late model in the Pete Orr Memorial 100 at New Smyrna Speedway after encountering mechanical issues late in the 100-lap race.

‘Forward progress’ was the theme of the night for the 22-year-old from Rutherford, California, as he slowly moved his way through the field from a 23rd-place starting position until his technical issues hit and held him to a finish 13 laps off of the lead.

As he stated on his Twitter account (@Rico_Abreu), Abreu’s goal for the race was to log laps to gain experience behind the wheel of a stock car for the K&N Series Pro East’s season opener at New Smyrna on February 15th.

@Rico_Abreu: Another cool day for me yesterday ran my first SLM race @ @newsmyrnaspeedway made lots of improvements throughout the night. Just logged laps

Despite crossing the finish line second, Bobby Good was crowned the winner of the race after Dalton Sargeant, who crossed the finish line first, was disqualified following post-race inspection after it was discovered that his car was too heavy on its left side.

Officially credited with top-10 finishes behind Good were Jake Perkins, J.J. Haley, Stephen Nasse, Tyler Dippel, Chad Pierce, Tyler Scofield, Anthony Sergi, Michael Atwell, and Ashley Rogero.

Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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