Rico Abreu says there’s still a lot for him to learn after 1st stock car race


If not for a rear-end failure with less than 15 laps to go, Rico Abreu would have likely finished seventh in his stock car debut last night at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway when you factor in the disqualifications of the race winner and third-place finisher.

Instead, Abreu had to settle for a 13th place result in the Pete Orr Memorial 100 Super Late Model event.

A lot of that can be chalked up to avoiding a pair of multi-car incidents along the way, but at the end of the night, he had still made an impressive jump of 10 spots from where he began. That’s not a bad way to begin your stock car career.

Early this morning, he tweeted his thoughts on Saturday’s proceedings:

That last part of the tweet is the main goal right now for Abreu, the 4-foot-4 sprint car sensation that will also compete full-time for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Abreu further elaborated about his night to Motorsport.com, saying that he had good long-run pace but failed to “get up on the wheel” in restart situations.

“I moved around more and felt where the car was comfortable,” Abreu added. “My spotter, Frank, helped me a lot telling me where the line was, and when I turned a good lap and a bad lap.”

“It’s just about getting comfortable. And these aren’t really long races, but they are a lot longer than I’m used to in sprint cars and midgets. I’m planning to come back here and test before [New Smyrna’s February] Speedweeks. I still have a lot to learn.”

Abreu will open his 2015 K&N East campaign on Feb. 15 at New Smyrna as part of its World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing (Feb. 12-21). In addition to the K&N East race, events for Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will be in abundance throughout that week.

While Abreu is not yet on an entry list for those latter races, it would not be surprising if he pops up to get more stock car seat time.

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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