Wingless 410 @ Calistoga

(WOMR file photo)

Sunday night at Calistoga the racing really heated up for the winner’s share of the BIG prize money, in the Louie Verneil Classic.

Little Rico Abreu of Rutherford, Calif., all 3′ 6” of him, piloted the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Toyota to victory in Sunday night’s 25-lap “Louie Vermeil Classic” USAC Mopar Western Midget race at Calistoga Speedway. Small in stature, but he has a very heavy right foot, Abreau took the lead on lap four from Scott Pierovich and led the rest of the way to beat fast qualifier Shane Golobic, Evan Margeson, our man David Prickett, and Alex Schutte.  Those were the top five finishers in the midgets Sunday night.

I have got to say that a very interesting, and different, mechanical event plagued David Sunday night.  During hot laps I noticed that David’s fuel cell was starting to fall off of its mount!  After the races I went down to meander through the pits, and talk to David, as well.  What I saw was a repair that boggled my redneck mind!

There was a 2×4 duct tapped to the back of his seat as a support, then the craftily used ratcheting cargo strap to secure the tank to the 2×4!  I do believe that he “was working on his redneck”!  And in spite of a weird mechanical issue, David still brought home a 4th place finish in the midgets!

Gang, if you live on the West Coast, and you like midgets and Sprint Cars, the Louie Vermeil Classic in Calistoga is a cool venue!  Add to the fact that you are in the heart of wine country, and all the wine tasting that you can handle, why wouldn’t you want to go?


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