Rico Abreu in Victory Lane at Eldora Speedway. (Photo by Frank Smith)
ROSSBERG, Ohio – Rico Abreu drove the last 24 laps of the BeFour The Crowns showdown Friday at Eldora Speedway to claim his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Series win in four years.
Resilient and determined to weather the agony of 105 consecutive losses, the St. Helena, California native fended off the wrath of four different competitors—Spencer Baston, Brad Sweet, Donnie Schatz and James McFadden through 30 laps.
After slipping past Bayston on lap six, the 30-year-old’s fan-favorite never gave up the lead, but he could feel the full-time outlaws breathing through his neck the entire time.
Not only did Friday’s win bring Abreu back to the NOS Energy Drink Victory Lane for the first time since September 8, 2018, but it was also his first World of Outlaws win since the off-season addition of Hall of Fame Crew chief, Ricky Warner.
“This is a huge confidence booster,” Abreu said. “As race car drivers, you get very hard on yourself through these contradictions. We put together another new team this year and I am so grateful to have Ricky Warner in my corner. He makes any driver look great. He shows the harmony in our team, it’s great to be with such a This wonderful group.”
Abreu is now a four-time winner of the Eldora’s #4Crown Nationals, adding a World of Outlaws win with All Stars winning and a pair of USAC National Midgets.
Hit the outlaws
“Standing up here against the outlaw world is all about it,” Abreu added. “All we do here is learn, practice and collect data when the Crown Jewel races come back in the summer. I had never thought in a million years that I would win a race down below at Eldora Speedway, but it shows how comfortable my car is now. These guys made some last minute tweaks. before we pushed them, and they succeeded.”
Short of 1.051 seconds on the checkered flag, McFadden took his fourth result this year and 10th on the podium since joining Ruth Motorsports.
“I was hitting the top really hard there,” J-Mac said with a big smile. “That’s why I came to the Dora, it’s a blast. I actually got to the front on the bottom, but the top was coming in during that last run, so I just started hitting it harder. I’m happy to get second tonight because I know he’s coming to us if We kept putting ourselves in a position to win.”
Schatz was aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing podium, Ford Performance, Carquest Auto Parts No. 15th.
“We just needed to get better in the end, and that’s a recurring problem for us,” Schatz said. “We could kind of hang around three to five laps, but then I’d stop. All I could do at that point was re-win, keep the tires under them, and hang on. Rico didn’t make any mistakes tonight, so get him the caps. We’ll keep going. blockage.”
Advantage (30 laps) – 1. 24-Rico Abreu [$10,000]; 2. 83- James McFadden [$6,000]; 3. 15- Donnie Schatz [$3,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [$2,800]; 5. 41- Carson Macedo [$2,500]; 6. 1A – Jacob Allen [$2,300]; 7. 5-Spencer Paystone [$2,200]; 8. 13- Justin Beck [$2,100]; 9. 1S- Logan Schuchart [$2,050]; 10. 8 – Aaron Roetzel [$2,000]; 11. 2- David Gravel [$1,600]; 12. 11X-Buddy Kofoid [$1,400]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$1,200]; 14. 7BC- Tyler Courtney [$1,100]; 15. 11- Logan Sevi [$1,050]; 16. 9- Cassie Kahn [$1,000]; 17. 21H- Brady Bacon [$1,000]; 18. 3Z- Brooke Zervos [$1,000]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$1,000]; 20. 1M – Landon Myers [$1,000]; 21. 7S- Ruby Price [$]; 22. 91- Kyle Reinhart [$1,000]; 23. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [$1,000]; 24. 26- Zip Wise [$1,000]; 25. 5TX – Travis Filo [$1,000].