Chili Bowl champ Rico Abreu finishes 13th in stock car debut (UPDATED)


UPDATED (10:50 p.m. ET) A potential Top-10 finish by Chili Bowl champion Rico Abreu in his stock car debut was scuttled late in tonight’s Pete Orr Memorial Super Late Model race at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

The sprint car star and future NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitor had come from 23rd on the starting grid to run ninth with less than 15 laps left in the 100-lap event.

But according to the Associated Press’ Jenna Fryer, the rear end on Abreu’s No. 24 DLP Motorsports entry broke at Lap 87 and forced him into the pits.

He was set to be credited with a 15th-place finish. However, a pair of post-race disqualifications involving winner Dalton Sargeant and third-place finisher William Byron – two of his HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks teammates in K&N East – elevated Abreu to 13th at night’s end. reports that both Sargeant and Byron’s cars were hit with left-side weight infractions. The site says Sargeant’s car went across the scales at 58.2% left side weight, while Byron’s car had a 58.3% left side weight – both beyond the tolerances set in the track rulebook. Sargeant’s Twitter account said his car’s left side weight was 58.1%.

Conflicting numbers aside, Sargeant’s penalty meant that Good was declared the new winner upon his car passing inspection. Jake Perkins, J.J. Haley, Stephen Nasse, and Tyler Dippel rounded out the Top 5.

Haley, along with Scott Heckert (finished 11th), are also Abreu’s K&N East teammates in the HScott/Marks stable.

Sargeant had made headlines earlier in the month when he was held out of the ongoing Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. He was to co-drive a Prototype Challenge entry for Performance Tech Racing, but his lack of sports car experience caused IMSA to deny him a license to race (a story has more details).

Abreu and the rest of the HScott/Marks team will be back at the New Smyrna half-mile on Sunday, Feb. 15 for the K&N East season opener.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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