Abreu Rules Sue Thiel Memorial
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Rico Abreu passed Tracy Hines following a restart with nine laps remaining and led to the checkered flag to finish five car lengths in front of runner-up Darren Hagen to win the 11th annual Sue Thiel Memorial against an outstanding field in an event tri-sanctioned by the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, Honda USAC National Dirt Midget Series and the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series on Sunday at Angell Park Speedway.
Abreu went to the outside for the final restart on the 22nd lap and was side-by-side with Hines exiting turn two. The 21-year-old from Rutherford, Calif., moved ahead in turns three and four and had the lead in the Toyota-powered Bullet entering the front straight.
“I knew I had to make a move, the laps were running down,” Abreu said. “I got my momentum going. Going up top was real technical with that cushion. The cushion had gotten tall and built up during the race and you had to either run below or above it. I ran above. It was tricky to get your front wheels over without causing a problem.”
It was the second victory at Angell Park for Abreu, driving for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, and his fourth in POWRi. His first Midget victory was nearly a year ago in a POWRi/Badger co-sanctioned event at the one-third mile track. Abreu’s win Sunday was also his first in a USAC National Midget event.
“It’s awesome to have two wins at Sun Prairie,” Abreu said.