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Outlaw Rico Abreu Tops World of Outlaws at Lincoln Speedway

Rico Abreu

Dirt Racing’s Winning Moment: Rico Abreu’s first sprint car start of 2023 ended in victory lane, with the declared High Limits Sprint Car Series regular blowing by defending World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet on lap 22 of Saturday night’s (March 18) 35-lap feature at Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania.

The win marked Abreu’s 10th in WoO competition.

On the back of a fourth-place finish, Carson Macedo grabbed a $10,000 bonus check for winning the spring mini series within the WoO schedule, a series that ended up consisting only of the two Bike Week features at Volusia and Saturday’s Lincoln show thanks to rain-outs at Port Royal and Williams Grove over the last two weeks. That bonus paid as much as the win Saturday night.

Dirt Racing’s Dramatic Moment: The modified sportsman feature that ended Saturday’s Short Track Super Series program at Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania was red-flagged for a nasty restart incident with 17 laps to go that sent both Brian Papiez and Levi Riley airborne on the frontstretch.

Fortunately, all drivers involved walked away. Between this incident and some destructive heat races at Lincoln, Pennsylvania was home to a lot of dirt racing carnage this weekend, though this incident was arguably the most violent of the bunch.

What Dirt Racing Fans’ll Be Group Chatting About This Morning

I don’t know who was responsible for putting the word “Posse” in chalk across turns 3 and 4 at Lincoln on Saturday, but considering the event snapped a four-race winning streak for Pennsylvania Posse drivers in WoO-sanctioned races, keep the chalk for the restart line. Anyone that’s seen The Mighty Ducks knows to “score, not spike.”

Big-name drivers including Sweet and Brent Marks had plenty to say on DirtVision about the new Hoosier rear tires that were mandatory starting this weekend at Lincoln, but if there was ever an inconclusive race to debut with it was this one. Unseasonably cold weather on a notoriously tight racetrack that was made even more so with provisionals producing a bloated 31-car starting grid is hardly a conclusive test case for what to expect for big-league 410 racing in 2023. The WoO to their credit posted an excellent Tech Talk on the subject.

So about that 31-car starting grid. Yes, the rulebook was followed to the letter in setting the lineup. And had rain not cost the WoO tour pretty much the entire month of March so far, the number of…

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