Rico Abreu Takes The Golden Driller In 29th Annual Tulsa Chili B - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Rico Abreu Takes The Golden Driller In 29th Annual Tulsa Chili Bowl

Posted: Updated:
Rico Abreu spent January 16 in Muskogee, talking to a class of first graders about anti-bullying and accepting peoples' differences. Rico Abreu spent January 16 in Muskogee, talking to a class of first graders about anti-bullying and accepting peoples' differences.
Rico Abreu of California won the Chili Bowl A Feature Saturday night. Photo by Mike Spivey. Rico Abreu of California won the Chili Bowl A Feature Saturday night. Photo by Mike Spivey.
TULSA, Oklahoma - Rico Abreu raced to his first win at the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Saturday night at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa.

The Californian beat out former winners Kevin and Sammy Swindell (second and fifth), Damion Gardner in third place and Tanner Thorson in fourth. Last year's winner Bryan Clauson finished in 10th place and Blake Hahn of Sapulpa took 11th.

"I just tried to stay as patient as I could. You know the race is a not a long race, but it is a long race," Abreu said.

"For a few laps I just kind of got after it just to see where we were at and I hung with him [Bryan Clauson] pretty good,"Abreu said about his pass for the lead.

"I don't know how hard he was racing, but when the time was right I pulled the trigger and gave him a slide job and was waiting for him to slide me back. We dragged raced each other into three and I came out with the lead."

Get complete Chili Bowl Nationals results

Second-place finisher Kevin Swindell was involved in a crash on Lap 13 then closed on the lead but could not take it from Abreu.

Organizers of the Chili Bowl Nationals say this year's competition brought in record-breaking numbers of racers and spectators.

They say between 30,000 and 40,000 people filled the space in and around the event at the fairgrounds. This year 40 cars more than ever before signed up for the race with a total of 326 drivers.

Oklahoma racing legend Emmett Hahn, Chili Bowl co-founder, said the event also brings around $14 million to the area's economy.

Next year's Chili Bowl is set for January 12-16. 

Learn more about Rico Abreu

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.