Abreu Bumps & Grinds At Lawrenceburg
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Rico Abreu continued what has been a sensational Honda National Midget season with his third victory of the year on Saturday, a frenetic affair that featured countless slide jobs around Lawrenceburg Speedway.
Alex Bright edged Michael Pickens back to the line to lead lap one, but Pickens took command as they ran the extreme high line. Pickens and Bright were setting a torrid pace early, encountering traffic as Bright closed for the lead.
A turn-one slide job followed, and the two made contact in the middle of the corner with Pickens getting up into the concrete and collapsing his front end. He was done for the race.
After that, Bright was in command as Abreu worked on Tracy Hines for second, and cars were racing all over behind them. Brady Bacon was moving his way through the field, using every inch of the wide race track.
Abreu closed on Bright for the lead and pulled the trigger into turn one on lap 27, and again the lead duo ended up in the same spot, this time with Bright on the short end as he struggled to regain control exiting turn two. As his front end bounced around, Abreu raced away and scored a relatively easy win aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD No. 97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“Whether they boo me or cheer for me, I’ll be at Kokomo tomorrow night driving just as hard. Alex (Bright) is a hell of a driver and both of us are running as hard as we can. He got the short end of the stick on that one. I just have to thank my guys for giving me an incredible car once again. It’s good to be back in victory lane now after the injury. You have to respect these cars, as I’ve had my fair share of big ones,” Abreu said.
Bright held second until the final lap, when he could hold on no more and bounced to a stop through turn three just as Abreu was taking the checkered flag. Hines had flashed by with the runner-up spot aboard the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. No. 24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.
“I had a front-row seat for a lot of wild slide-jobs tonight, and they were from everybody. Our car was pretty good, and I’m happy to finish out a long day with a good finish after coming from the Silver Crown race at Gateway,” Hines said.
Friday night winner Christopher Bell returned to the podium with a strong run in third, again in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD No. 71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon, who started 18th, completed the top five.