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Tuesday January 25th, 2022 3:41AM

Rico Abreu tops Wednesday Chili Bowl qualifying night

By Bryan Hulbert
  Contact Editor

TULSA, Okla. - Landing in Victory Lane on Wednesday night for the seventh time, California’s Rico Abreu captured his fifth win in as many years on Hard Rock Hotel Casino Qualifying Night at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at Oklahoma’s Tulsa Expo Raceway.

“My guys do an unbelievable job on these racecars, and it shows,” Abreu said. “We’ve won three in a row this week, and my car as the race went on just built momentum. It would just shoot off the corner, but at the end, my pace slowed down just so I didn’t make mistakes on the cushion.”

Starting from the fourth position, Abreu worked to the runner-up spot on lap 11 after a multi-lap battle with Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Colby Copeland. A caution closed the gap from Abreu to leader Jason McDougal.

Abreu surged to the lead on lap 14, and paced the race the rest of the way, despite coming under fire a couple of times.

The first came with four laps to go, when Chase Randall tried to make a moved, but Abreu was able to hold him off. Then on the final lap, Kevin Thomas, Jr. made a run for the lead, but Abreu edged him out by 0.353-seconds.

Thomas, Jr. held on for second, with he and Abreu now locked into Saturday night’s A-Feature.

“I could sense Kevin (Thomas) behind me and was just kind of waiting to make that last-second move down there,” said Abreu. “I saw him right at the exit of turn two and was able to get enough launch to clear him and block his run.”

Blake Hahn finished in third, with Colby Cope in fourth and McDougal in fifth.

Brad Sweet, Chase Randall, Chase Crum, Corey Day, and Nick Drake rounded out the top 10.

Racing continues Thursday with John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night. For more information, visit ChiliBowl.com.

Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals
Tulsa Expo Raceway – Tulsa, OK
Hard Rock Casino Qualifying Night – January 12, 2022

1. 97-Rico Abreu*
2. 5T-Kevin Thomas, Jr.*
3. 52-Blake Hahn
4. 27W-Colby Copeland
5. 4B-Jason McDougal
6. 1R-Brad Sweet
7. 19A-Chase Randall
8. 26C-Chance Crum
9. 47Z-Corey Day
10. 55D-Nick Drake
11. M1-Colby Stubblefield
12. 83-Dominic Gorden
13. 21S-Karter Sarff
14. 25V-Billy VanInwegen, Jr.
15. 7M-Brody Roa
16. 21T-Tommy Kunsman
17. 2W-Tony Bruce, Jr.
18. 25K-Taylor Reimer
19. 17-Tanner Berryhill
20. 51-R.J. Johnson
21. 1G-Justin Peck
22. 19-Parker Price Miller-DNF
23. 4D-Robert Dalby-DNF
24. 8K-Jake Neal-DNF

*Top 2 advance to Saturday’s A-Feature

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