Kyle Larson: Rico Abreu Handling Transition to Stock Cars Wellby Kyle Pokrefky April 21, 2015 0 comments
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BRISTOL, Tenn. — After successfully moving from racing sprint cars to racing NASCAR’s best in the Sprint Cup Series, Kyle Larson has noted that friend Rico Abreu is on his way to making a successful transition just as he did.
Larson stated in a media availability at Bristol Motor Speedway that Abreu, this year’s winner of the prestigious Chili Bowl dirt race in Tulsa, has been performing well through three K&N Pro Series East races and is progressively improving as a stock car driver.
“He has been doing good so far,” Larson said. “… it’s a really big transition being different race cars and different track surfaces. The cars are just so big it’s hard to get used to how far out your nose is, how far out your right-rear is.
“In sprint cars you sit right in the middle of the car and you kind of know where your nose is already and like you said you can’t really manhandle these like you can a sprint car. You’ve kind of got what you’ve got and have to deal with it. He’s been getting better.”
Of course, Abreu hasn’t yet perfected the art of driving a stock car through three K&N starts as Larson pointed out several nuances the 23-year-old out of St. Helena, Calif. can still improve on.
“I think the first time he has ever shifted a car was at New Smyrna (Speedway in Fla.) and he struggled there shifting,” Larson stated. “He is good now, so I didn’t give him any tips about shifting because I’m not the best at that.
“He is good. He just has to figure out the little things that make you a better stock car races and makes passing easier. Once he figures that out he will be good.”
Participating in the same press conference as Larson was Abreu, who stated that he’s having plenty of fun out on the race track in his rookie season in NASCAR.
Through three races this year, Abreu currently sits ninth in points in a HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks entry with respective finishes of 17th, 9th and 10th at New Smyrna, Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Bristol.
“It’s definitely been a different transition for me going from sprint cars to stock cars,” Abreu noted. “A lot slower compared to the sprint cars [with] heavier cars. We can’t manhandle them like we can.
“It’s fun though, I enjoy it. We’ve gone to some tough tracks and Bristol has been my favorite so far. I’m really enjoying it.”
Abreu will be in action next with the K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway for the Casey’s General Store 150.