USAC: Larson, Abreu Return To Their Roots For Indiana Midget Week

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Kyle Larson will be looking to repeat his Indiana Midget Week win at Montpelier Motor Speedway. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Fan-favorites Kyle Larson and Rico Abreu will join the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team for this year’s edition of USAC Indiana Midget Week.

Both drivers will be aboard the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports-prepared machines for the six-race series that begins Tuesday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Larson will compete in the first two Indiana Midget Week events, coming at Montpelier on Tuesday and Gas City I-69 Speedway on Wednesday.

The NASCAR star, who currently sits second in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points, has won at both venues during his USAC National Midget racing career, including a Gas City triumph in 2013.

Just last year, Larson raced to victory in the series’ first appearance at Montpelier, where he outdueled teammate Tanner Thorson in the final laps to score the win. The 24-year-old wheelman has collected 14 USAC National Midget victories in all, including his most recent appearance at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway’s Turkey Night Grand Prix last November.

Abreu is one of the most decorated and popular USAC Midget drivers of this era and he’ll be in action all six nights of Indiana Midget Week. Abreu, the 2014 USAC National Midget champ, has won Indiana Midget Week events in each of the past three years.

Rico Abreu at speed during Indiana Midget Week last summer. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

Last June at Kokomo Speedway, the 25-year-old stormed to the front, passing Chad Boat with nine laps remaining to capture one of his 15 USAC National Midget victories on his way to third in the final standings.

Abreu was the Indiana Midget week champion in both 2014 and 2015, but has only made one USAC National Midget appearance this year, charging from 22nd to fourth in April’s Kokomo Grand Prix after flipping on his qualifying run.

Larson and Abreu will join teammates Tanner Thorson (2016 USAC National Midget champion), Spencer Bayston, Holly Shelton, Ryan Robinson and Tanner Carrick on the seven-car Kunz/Curb-Agajanian stable for the opener at Montpelier.

The team has yet to win in the series this season, but has won the past seven Indiana Midget Week races, including a five-race sweep in 2016 with five different drivers (Larson, Bayston, Thorson, Christopher Bell and Abreu).

Following Tuesday’s Montpelier round, Indiana Midget Week picks up Wednesday at Gas City. Thursday takes the series to Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway, while Friday finds the series at Bloomington Speedway’s red clay.

The series heads to the high banks of Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday night, before the series finale hits one of USAC’s most regularly-visited tracks, Kokomo Speedway, on Sunday night, June 11.


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