Rico Abreu Wins First Career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race In Columbus

Rico Abreu Wins First Career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race In Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In only his seventh NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start, Rico Abreu in the HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks No. 98 GoPro Motorplex/AccuDoc Solutions/Curb Records Chevrolet captured back-to-back Coors Light Pole Awards and his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in the NAPA 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The 23-year old Californian entered the 2015 season with plenty of dirt racing on his résumé, but racing stock cars on asphalt is entirely different. Entering the weekend, the NASCAR Next driver was coming off his first career Coors Light Pole Award and a ninth place finish at Langley Speedway. On Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, Abreu started on the pole and led 86 laps, most of any driver en route to the victory. Abreu currently sits ninth in the championship point standings with one win, a top-five and four top-10 finishes.

“Everybody here at HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks got me to this point,” Abreu said. “It’s kind of incredible that we came into this season just looking for a top-10 finish and now we have a win before we even got a top five. It shows how good this team is and how hard they work back at the shop. It was just a tremendous job all weekend with the pole, and the pole last time out at Langley. We had a top-three car at Langley too and just got shuffled back on the restarts. I just keep learning and learning, which I’m happy with. Every race we’ve gone to, we keep showing big improvements and that counts in the end of these races.”

Grant Quinlan finished second in his debut start in the series. Quinlan had an impressive performance, leading on four occasions for 63 laps. Kaz Grala finished third, followed by Jay Beasley and Ronnie Bassett finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Rounding out the top-10 was Dalton Sargeant, Austin Hill, Dillon Bassett, J.J. Haley and NASCAR Diversity driver, Kenzie Ruston.

Point leader, William Byron had a rough night at Columbus Motor Speedway. He finished a disappointing 14th after spinning out in Turn 2, bringing out the caution on lap 109. However, despite the finish, he still continues to lead Austin Hill by 20 points in the standings. South Carolina’s Kyle Benjamin sits third in the standings, 25 points back from Bryon.

“We had a lot of adversity tonight in Columbus, but I learned a ton,” Byron said. “It’s not the night we wanted, but we will come back strong at New Hampshire. We have a lot of motivation to go there, so I’m looking forward to that one and going to get another solid finish for this No. 9 Liberty University team.”

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, July 17 for the Granite State 70.

NAPA 150 Results:

1.) #98 Rico Abreu

2.) #30 Grant Quinlan

3.) #3 Kaz Grala

4.) #42 Jay Beasley

5.) #4 Ronnie Bassett Jr.

6.) #51 Dalton Sargeant

7.) #22 Austin Hill

8.) #44 Dillon Bassett

9.) #5 J.J. Haley

10.) #4 Kenzie Ruston

11.) #15 Nick Drake

12.) #6 Devon Amos

13.) #2 Collin Cabre

14.) #9 William Byron

15.) #34 Scott Heckert

16.) #27 Kyle Benjamin

17.) #12 Gray Gaulding

18.) #94 Dylan Hoffman

19.) #32 David Garbo Jr.

20.) #47 Mike Senica

21.) #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching

22.) #45 Christian Celaya


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #9 William Byron 283

2.) #22 Austin Hill 263

3.) #27 Kyle Benjamin 258

4.) #34 Scott Heckert 255

5.) #51 Dalton Sargeant 253

6.) #12 Gray Gaulding 245

7.) #15 Nick Drake 240

8.) #04 Ronnie Bassett Jr. 239

9.) #98 Rico Abreu 238

10.) #3 Kaz Grala 236

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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