KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – official team release — Chris Seelman photo —
NTS Motorsports announced Friday night that Rico Abreu will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at Phoenix International Raceway, piloting the No. 31 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet Silverado.
Abreu, the 2014 USAC Midget National Champion and a three-time World of Outlaws winner, began this season by winning the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. He then embarked on a full-time effort in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) driving for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks while still competing nationally in a midget and winged sprint car.
The 23-year-old earned his first NKNPSE win at Columbus Motor Speedway in July, ultimately finishing fifth in the 2015 standings with one win, three poles, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in his first year of stock car racing.
“This is a great opportunity with NTS Motorsports and I think the time is right for me to make my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut,” Abreu said. “I believe we’re starting out at the right track with Phoenix International Raceway. I’ve heard that it’s a really cool place to race and it’s somewhere I’ve been looking forward to racing. I’m surrounded by a good group of guys who have gotten me pretty comfortable in this truck so far. I just want to thank Bob Newberry, Chris Rice, AccuDoc Solutions and everyone at NTS Motorsports for this opportunity. I hope I can get them a great run.”
Pending NASCAR approval, Abreu also will be behind the wheel of the No. 31 in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I could not be more excited to have Rico Abreu joining our NTS Motorsports team for the final two Truck Series races,” said team owner Bob Newberry. “Our team prides itself on providing opportunities for young, up-and-coming drivers, and we have been extremely impressed by his accomplishments in 2015. This season has been our team’s strongest to date, and we feel very confident we will visit Victory Lane before this year is through.”
In 2015, NTS Motorsports has fielded one full-time and two part-time trucks in the NCWTS, tallying five top fives and 17 top 10 finishes. Daniel Hemric, driver of the team’s full-time entry, currently sits seventh in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings and second in the series’ Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
CREDIT: NTS Motorsports