Earlier this year, Napa Valley native Rico Abreu announced he was not going to return to the ThorSport Racing team for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. His intention was to focus on racing sprint cars and midgets.
That has changed – for one race, at least.
Abreu will rejoin ThorSport Racing, his season-long team last year, at NASCAR’s Dirt Derby on the half-mile Eldora Speedway dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio, July 19. He will be returning to the NCWTS at a track where he scored his best finish in the series last year.
Abreu finished third behind a pair of drivers he has dueled with often on dirt – NASCAR driver Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell.
“I can’t wait,” Abreu told motorsport.com. “It’s Eldora. It’s dirt. It’s a track I’m really familiar with. And it’s a race I really want to win.”
Eldora Speedway, owned by Tony Stewart, is a high-banked oval set near Ohio cornfields and is the only dirt track on the NCWTS schedule.
Abreu will be at Eldora this weekend, too, for one of sprint car racing’s most prestigious races – Kings Royal – and biggest payout ($50,000), with preliminary qualifying races beginning Thursday.