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RICO ABREU TAKES CUP OPENER at the TROPHY CUP
by: Ron Rodda

The Abreu Vineyards 26thth Annual Trophy Cup Presented by Rudeen Racing opened the 3 day event at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway on
Thursday and Rico Abreu captured the 30 lap main event for winged 360 sprints.

Abreu took the lead on the last corner to earn the $4000 winner’s pay as well as 100 points. The purse for Thursday night was $29,630.

A 89 car field jammed the pit area and was split into two groups for qualifying. Each group had a fast time, therefore two drivers earned
150 points in qualifying with a one point drop per position.

Four invert 6 heats for the fastest 40 qualifiers in each group were held sending the heat winner plus the highest point car directly to the
night’s A main. Winning a heat earned 36 points with a 3 point drop per position.

After the 8 heats moved 16 cars to the A main grid, all remaining cars were assigned to a main event with the top 40 in points filling the
front 10 rows of two B mains. The pair of B mains inverted 6 by points and moved the top 4 to the night’s 30 lap A main.
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