King of the West brings national hotshoe Rico Abreu to Placerville Saturday Night


By Bill Sullivan


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One of the hottest drivers in the country is set to join the King of the West 410’s on Saturday, with that being the always entertaining Rico Abreu. The Rutherford resident has captured a number of major wins this season, including those with the World of Outlaws, the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour and most recently last weekend a two-night sweep of the USAC National Midget sanctioned Kokomo Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old has quickly moved up the ladder as one of the very best talents across the USA and this Saturday will be looking to find victory lane with KWS in Placerville. Abreu last year claimed three wins with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

This Saturday’s event will be the second of five KWS shows this season filmed for airing by MAVTV American Real. The others include last week’s opener at the Tulare Thunderbowl, July 12 at Ocean Speedway, September 13 at Ventura Raceway and November 1 at the Stockton Dirt Track. The first event is scheduled to be aired the second week in June on MAVTV.

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission during the night.

The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm, cars will be hitting the track for wheel packing a little prior to 6pm, qualifying is scheduled for 6:30pm and racing is anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.
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The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667.

The track is a high-banked quarter-mile oval with distinctive red clay and features an all-time track record that stands at a blistering fast 9.913. The mark was set in the spring of 2004 by San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and then was amazingly matched by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs in March of 2009. The tight confines of Placerville Speedway offers a perspective very unique in Northern California and makes it one of the most popular tracks throughout the region.

The King of the West Sprint Cars will be joined Saturday by the Vintage Hardtops. Front gates open at 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30.