Abreu tops USAC/POWRi/Badger Field at Angell Park


By Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., June 23—Rico Abreu took advantage of a caution flag with nine laps remaining to win the 11th annual "Sue Thiel Memorial" Sunday night at Angell Park Speedway. The event was tri-sanctioned by the USAC Honda National Midget, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and Stark Automotive Group-Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series.
Abreu paced the initial four laps of the feature before Tracy Hines took over the top spot for two circuits. Fast qualifier Caleb Armstrong passed Hines for the lead on lap 7 running the high groove. Armstrong's engine began to misfire on lap ten and stalled while leading.
Numerous close battles throughout the top ten kept the attention of the large crowd. Hines led Abreu, Darren Hagen, Andrew Felker, and Jerry Coons Jr. at the midway point. A caution for a stalled car on Lap 21 bunched up the field.
On the restart Abreu took the lead from Hines and open up a slight advantage. Hagen passed Hines for second place on Lap 24, and chased Abreu for the remainder of the event. Abreu driving the Kunz-Curb-Agajanian No. 67 finished three-car lengths ahead of Hagen. Hines, Coons and Felker completed the top five.
"Angell Park is one of my favorite tracks to race a midget, Keith Kunz and crew had the car perfect for me" commented the 21-year old California driver. The win was his fifth career midget feature victory, second at Angell Park and first in USAC National competition.

12-lap Semi Feature Winner: Kuhn.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Ferns, Coons, Hatton.
Fast Time: C. Armstrong, 14.324 seconds.
Cars Present: 27 Feature Lap Leaders: Abreu 1-4, Hines 5-6, C. Armstrong 7-10, Hines 11-21, Abreu 22-30.

QUAL HT 1 B-FEAT A FEAT
1 7C C. ARMSTRONG 14.324 1 FERNS 1 KUHN 1 RICO
2 3 HAGEN 14.337 2 FELKER 2 THORSON 2 HAGEN
3 57 SHUMAN 14.377 3 DAUM 3 BLACKHURST 3 HINES
4 11A FELKER 14.394 4 BRIGHT 4 D.ARMSTRONG 4 COONS
5 71 BELL 14.417 5 C.ARMSTRONG 5 DARLAND 5 FELKER
6 24 HINES 14.428 HT 2 6 HESS 6 BRIGHT
7 67 THORSON 14.486 1 COONS 7 THOMAS 7 CLAUSEN
8 67K RICO 14.514 2 BROWN 8 BELL 8 THORSON
9 39 CLAUSEN 14.570 3 HAGEN 9 STOCKTON 9 BELL
10 27 BRIGHT 14.584 4 ABREU 10 WEISENSEL 10 BROWN
11 63 COONS 14.600 5 WAELTI 11 WALTERS 11 KUHN
12 1 HATTON 14.657 HT3       12 DARLAND
13 10 KUHN 14.657 1 HATTON     13 DAUM
14 7 BROWN 14.730 2 HINES     14 WAELTI
15 25 BLACKHURST 14.797 3 CLAUSEN      15 THOMAS
16 55 FERNS 14.806 4 STRATTON     16 HESS
17 20 WEISENSEL 14.872 5 SHUMAN    17 BLACKHURST
18 2S STRATTON 14.909         18 D.ARMSTRONG
19 5D DAUM 14.923         19 STRATTON
20 7A D.ARMSTRONG 14.938         20 SHUMAN
21 11 STOCKON 14.968         21 FERNS
22 2X DARLAND 15.047         22 HATTON
23 5 WALTERS 15.079         23 C.ARMSTRONG
24 2T THOMAS 15.113         24 STOCKON
25 1H HESS 15.210        
26 51 WAELTI 15.320