A familiar face drove into Victory Lane at the River Spirit Expo Center on Wednesday night as St. Helena, California’s Rico Abreu drove to his fifth Chili Bowl Midget Nationals preliminary win.
All five wins for Abreu have come with Keith Kunz Motorsports and it locks him into Saturday night’s A-Main.
It took Rico 13 laps to chase down World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. After a lap eleven slider attempt, Rico wheeled the outside of the race track two laps later and passed Sweet for the lead.
Abreu joins prelim night winners Cannon McIntosh and Kyle Larson as locks in the Saturday night A-main. Abreu has now won prelim features in five of the last six years.
Copeland’s second-place finish also locks him into the Saturday night A-main along with Tuesday night’s prelim second place finisher Jonathon Beason and Monday night’s second place finisher Tyler Courtney. Christopher Bell is locked into Saturday night’s main event with his win in the Race of Champions Race on Tuesday.