Second No More For Abreu At Belleville

Zach Daum (5) and Rico Abreu battle for the lead during Saturday night's Belleville Midget Nationals. (Ken Simon photo)
Zach Daum (5) and Rico Abreu battle for the lead during Saturday night’s Belleville Midget Nationals. (Ken Simon photo)

With the pass made, Abreu continued to trace the outside rail of Belleville, opening up his lead as Daum also enjoyed a comfortable advantage over the battle heating up for third between Tracy Hines and Christopher Bell.

Abreu had a close call in traffic, and then could not complete a slide-job with about 15 to go, allowing Daum to close in a bit. Daum could not draw close enough to make a move, however, and Abreu carried on.

With nine laps to go, the second and final caution appeared, giving Daum another chance to go after Abreu. The Honda National Midget point leader was again on his game, though, and nailed the restart to gain himself a large advantage. He took his fourth win of the season and eighth of his young career.

Daum finished a fine week that never saw him worse than second, which is where he finished in the Belleville finale aboard the Daum Crop Insurance – Weld Wheels No. 5d Eagle/Stanton Toyota.

“You know Rico is gonna go good, especially when the track moves up that high,” Daum said. “I knew he’d be coming at that point. He slid me and there was nothing I was gonna do about it. I didn’t know how close second was, so I was making sure I didn’t give anything away at the end. It was obvious there was no catching him without a major mistake or a problem. I’m really happy with our week.”

Hines fended off Bell’s last-turn slider for the final podium position in the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. No. 24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.

“I messed up a little off two on the last lap and knew he was coming, but I just turned back under him and was able to beat him to the line,” Hines said. “I think we proved between Zach and myself that our Stanton engines were every bit as strong as the others, and we’re happy with our week. We didn’t blow any up and we kept it up front.”

Bell, the defending race winner, came home fourth in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD No. 97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Windom rebounded all the way to fifth.

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The finish:

Rico Abreu, Zach Daum, Tracy Hines, Christoper Bell, Chris Windom, Dave Darland, Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons Jr., Michael Pickens, Cody Brewer, Stu Snyder, Jeff Stasa, Matt Johnson, Isaac Chapple, Garrett Hood, Johnny Murdock, Robert Bell, Tyler Dunkle, Don Droud Jr., Ty Williams