Rico Abreu came away with the victory in Wednesday’s River Spirit Qualifying Night for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
Abreu started sixth and marched to the front quickly, taking the second spot after only two laps. The California driver battled with Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas for the lead, swapping spots multiple times. Thomas would maintain the lead until a restart on Lap 12, where Abreu was able to make quick work of Thomas on the bottom of Turn 1 to grab the lead spot.
The caution would again fly on Lap 21 for a three-car pileup, which allowed Thomas to catch back up with Abreu for the final restart of the race. Abreu was able to use the high line to his advantage on the restart to run away with the victory.
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"I believe last year that’s kind of how it went too," Abreu said after the race. "Started on the front row of my heat and my qualifier and won those. Started sixth in the feature, started sixth this year, so kind of a good spot as long as you win them.
"I feel like you have to win every time you are on the track here and tonight went really smooth."
Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
Tulsa Expo Raceway – Tulsa, Okla.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
River Spirit Casino Qualifying Night
Car Count: 81
Event Count: 166
Budweiser Heat Races: Top 40 in passing points advance to Qualifiers