Date: Saturday, August 17th
Event: 58th Annual Johnny Key Classic
Series: Civil War Series (360c.i.)
Track: Ocean Speedway (Watsonville, California)
Rico Abreu A-Main Finish (Start): 3rd (13th)
ST. HELENA, Calif. (August 19, 2019) – After an extensive stretch through the Midwest, St. Helena, California’s Rico Abreu made his return to the Golden State during the recent weekend, resuming his 2019 campaign with the 58th Annual Johnny Key Classic at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California, on Saturday, August 17. Although the former event champion was unable to claim the $5,000-to-win showstopper in 2019, Abreu accomplished the next best feat and hard charged his way to a podium performance; rallying from 13th to finish third at the final checkers.
Unfortunately, an abrasive surface kept Abreu from any further advancement after battling his way to third.
The driver of the Rico Abreu/Curb Agajanian Racing/Abreu Vineyards/Curb Records/Lucas Oil Products/Southern Pacific Farms/Priority Aviation/Dewalt/MAC Tools/Self Made Racing/Dancer Logistics/No. 24 earned his way into the Civil War Series main event by finishing second during his respective heat race, kicking off the evening with the ninth fastest time during qualifying time trials.
“That was a lot of fun,” Rico Abreu said, who owns four victories in 2019. “I wish the track stayed racey. The last 25 laps of the 50 laps got pretty narrow, so we basically had to stay in our spot. I think we were good enough to win. We have a lot of our plate this week so we’ll see how it goes.”
Up next on the schedule, Rico Abreu and Rico Abreu/Curb Agajanian Racing will venture to four events in four days, crisscrossing much of Northern California with the King of the West-NARC Sprint Car Series. Action will commence on Wednesday, August 21, at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California, followed by a stop at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California, on Thursday, August 22.
Abreu’s four-race stretch will conclude with a two-day visit to The Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, California, on Friday and Saturday, August 23 & 24.
Fans are encouraged to follow Rico Abreu online, as well as on all of the available social media networks. Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RicoAbreuRacing, Twitter at https://twitter.com/Rico_Abreu, or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/rico_abreu/
Those seeking the lastest Rico Abreu Racing apparel should visit shop.ricoabreu.com. Abreu’s traveling merchandise vehicle will be a select events in 2019. A complete list of at-track merchandise availability can be found on Rico Abreu’s racing calendar via www.ricoabreu.com.
Rico Abreu Racing: http://www.ricoabreu.com/
2019 Rico Abreu Racing Statistics: (thru August 19, 2019)
Total Races: 50
Total Wins: 4
Total Top-5s: 19
Total Top-10s: 33
**Stats only reflect starts in RAR #24 Sprint Car
Photo Credit: Frank Smith
Rico Abreu/Curb Agajanian Racing
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