Abreu Claims First World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Victory

Californian cruised into victory lane at Thunderbowl Raceway

TULARE, Calif. – March 15, 2014 – Rico Abreu earned the biggest victory of his career on Saturday night when he powered to the checkered flag at Thunderbowl Raceway for his first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory.

Abreu took the lead from Terry McCarl on lap eight, and then had to hold off veterans McCarl and Joey Saldana to earn the victory.

Rookie Logan Schuchart followed up a strong run on Friday night by eventually finishing second after making a daring late pass to the outside of McCarl on the banked one-third mile dirt oval. McCarl, who set quick time and then became the first driver to benefit from the “0” being pulled in the dash draw, settled for third after coming back from a near wreck on a restart. Sammy Swindell finished a season-best fourth while two-time event winner in 2014, Brad Sweet, was fifth.

Abreu made the pass on McCarl for the lead on lap 8 in turn one in his Abreu Vineyards #24. Abreu then had to defend the position on a restart for the first time on lap 11 after Cody Darrah brought out a red with a wreck in turn one.

Abreu restarted on the inside and has a strong jump while McCarl went high and bicycled the Country Builder #88 in turn one and fell to fourth.

The red flew again on lap 13 for a multiple car incident in turn one. McCarl was working to come back through the field on the following restart and was racing Schuchart for third before another stoppage, for the 41 entry of Dominic Scelzi with a flat right rear. On the ensuing restart Abreu surged to a strong advantage followed by Saldana and McCarl with Schuchart falling to fourth.

Saldana continued to run second and was reeling in Abreu when he was collected in a spin in turn four, forcing him to surrender his position on the restart and moving Schuchart into the third.

A final five-lap dash to the checkered flag unfolded with a single-file restart. Abreu again pushed to the lead followed by McCarl, Schuchart, Swindell and Sweet. Swindell tried to slide around Schuchart, but the rookie held his line and maintained the position and went after McCarl.

Schuchart built a run going into turn three to drive the Your Auto Source #1s Shark Racing entry around McCarl for the second position coming to the line with two to go, but nobody was going to touch Abreu, who cruised under the checkered flag to win for the first time.

“That was incredible,” said Abreu, of St. Helena, Calif. “The pressure built up was huge, lining up next to Joey and my restarts this year have been terrible. Those were some pretty damn good starts. You race with the Outlaws so you can’t over think things and that’s what I tend to do. I was getting winded and I started breathing and slowing my arms down and slowing everything down and that was the key to winning this race tonight.”

Schuchart rebounded from a bitter sweet finish on Friday night when he led 22 laps before falling outside the top five with an ill-handling car.

“It definitely feels good to come out here run good with these guys,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, Pa. “We had doubts in our mind that we could come out here and run good. To come out here and run good and up front with these guys is good for our team. I wish I would have had a couple more laps and been able to race with Rico, but he’s very fast and he’s hard on these types of race tracks.”

McCarl, of Altoona, Iowa, represented the Midwest and fought back from near disaster for a third-place finish.

“I left the same two tires all night long, we just cut them and siped them. I’ve lost a lot more races getting this thing too tight here. I almost dumped it on that restart to come back up and contend for a win was great. I’ve got to congratulate Rico and Paul Silva.”

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series spring break in California returns to action on Saturday, March 22, at the Stockton Dirt Track.

THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

Terry McCarl was the fastest qualifier around the high-banked, one-third-mile of Thunderbowl Raceway with a time of 13.049 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Joey Saldana (4 points), David Gravel (3), Rico Abreu (2) and Donny Schatz (1). Bryan Clauson, Logan Schuchart and Bud Kaeding won heat races. … The dash draw was a 0 for the first time this year… Terry McCarl won the dash for the first time this year.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Thunderbowl Raceway; Tulare, Calif.; March 15, 2014

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Thunderbowl Raceway; Tulare, Calif.; March 15, 2014

A-Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 24-Rico Abreu [3] [$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6] [$5,000]; 3. 88-Terry McCarl [1] [$3,000]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [4] [$2,700]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [12] [$2,500]; 6. 3-Craig Stidham [9] [$2,200]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [13] [$2,000]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10] [$1,800]; 9. 51-Paul McMahan [14] [$1,600]; 10. 83SA-David Gravel [5] [$1,450]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [23] [$1,300]; 12. 83-Tim Kaeding [21] [$1,200]; 13. 11-Steve Kinser [19] [$1,100]; 14. 82-Bryan Clauson [8] [$1,000]; 15. 15-Donny Schatz [11] [$950]; 16. 71M-Joey Saldana [2] [$900]; 17. 21M-Jason Meyers [20] [$850]; 18. 4-Cody Darrah [16] [$750]; 19. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [17] [$725]; 20. O-Bud Kaeding [7] [$700]; 21. 4F-Mike Faria [15] [$700]; 22. 41-Dominic Scelzi [18] [$700]; 23. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [24] [$700]; 24. 55-Trey Starks [22] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Terry McCarl 1-7, Rico Abreu 8-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman [+12]

Qualifying – 1. 88-Terry McCarl, 13.049; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.127; 3. 83SA-David Gravel, 13.151; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.154; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.178; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.246; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.266; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.268; 9. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.273; 10. 82-Bryan Clauson, 13.361; 11. 3-Craig Stidham, 13.368; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.395; 13. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.406; 14. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.426; 15. 4F-Mike Faria, 13.426; 16. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.430; 17. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.430; 18. 41-Dominic Scelzi, 13.457; 19. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.486; 20. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.492; 21. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 13.507; 22. OO-Cory Eliason, 13.522; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.541; 24. 21M-Jason Meyers, 13.567; 25. 83-Tim Kaeding, 13.591; 26. 88N-DJ Netto, 13.612; 27. 55-Trey Starks, 13.715; 28. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.719; 29. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.793

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 82-Bryan Clauson [1]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 5. 88-Terry McCarl [4]; 6. 83-Tim Kaeding [9]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 8. 4-Cody Darrah [6]; 9. 44W-Austen Wheatley [10]; 10. OO-Cory Eliason [8]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 2. 3-Craig Stidham [1]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [5]; 7. 88N-DJ Netto [9]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [7]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. O-Bud Kaeding [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 83SA-David Gravel [4]; 5. 41-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 6. 55-Trey Starks [9]; 7. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [7]; 8. 4F-Mike Faria [5]; 9. 21M-Jason Meyers [8]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 88-Terry McCarl [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [5]; 5. 83SA-David Gravel [3]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 7. O-Bud Kaeding [7]; 8. 82-Bryan Clauson [8]; 9. 3-Craig Stidham [9]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 4F-Mike Faria [1] [-]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [4] [-]; 3. 4-Cody Darrah [2] [-]; 4. 21M-Jason Meyers [8] [-]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] [-]; 6. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [5] [-]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7] [$200]; 8. 44W-Austen Wheatley [10] [$180]; 9. 88N-DJ Netto [9] [$175]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [11] [$160]; 11. OO-Cory Eliason [6] [$150]

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos. Driver Total Diff Wins T-5 T-10 QT
1 Paul McMahan 1147 0 1 4 8 3
2 Donny Schatz 1126 -21 2 6 6 0
3 Daryn Pittman 1123 -24 1 4 6 1
4 Steve Kinser 1112 -35 1 4 6 0
5 Brad Sweet 1110 -37 2 5 7 0
6 Kerry Madsen 1101 -46 0 4 7 0
7 Tim Kaeding 1034 -113 0 1 4 0
8 Joey Saldana 1031 -116 0 2 5 3
9 Kraig Kinser 1007 -140 0 0 3 0
10 Cody Darrah 1005 -142 0 1 5 0
11 Sammy Swindell 988 -159 0 1 3 0
12 Jason Sides 915 -232 0 1 2 0
13 Terry McCarl 897 -250 0 2 3 1
14 Rico Abreu 874 -273 1 1 2 0
15 Logan Schuchart 827 -320 0 1 2 0
16 Lucas Wolfe 802 -345 0 0 0 0
17 Danny Lasoski 678 -469 0 0 0 0
18 Jac Haudenschild 626 -521 0 0 1 0
19 Brian Clauson 614 -533 0 0 0 0
20 Jacob Allen 600 -547 0 0 0 0

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.

Sources: Sam Martin/World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars PR


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