Abreu lands full-season deal in NCWTS

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Abreu lands full-season deal in NCWTS
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Jan 13, 2016, 4:40 PM

Rico Abreu will drive full-time for ThorSport in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Rico Abreu, NTS Motorsports
Matt Crafton, Thorsport Racing
Rico Abreu, NTS Motorsports
Rico Abreu, NTS Motorsports
Matt Crafton, Thorsport Racing

Sources confirmed to Motorsport.com that Abreu is expected to layout his plans during an announcement on Friday at the Chili Bowl Nationals. Abreu also hopes to include news of a pending sponsor. 

After completing his first full season in the K&N Pro Series East Tour, Abreu, who turns 24 later this month, made his Camping World Truck Series debut on Nov. 13 at Phoenix International Raceway. He finished 28th on the one-mile track after being caught up in a wreck.

In order to gain eligibility for the 2016 truck tour, Abreu also raced in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he finished 13th. 

Abreu won the 2014 USAC Midget Series title and the 2015 Chili Bowl prior to making his NASCAR debut last February at New Smyrna. His transition came quickly, with Abreu winning in just his seventh start from the pole at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.

In 14 NKNPSE starts, the St. Helena, Calif. native posted one win, four top fives and eight top-10 finishes. Abreu had an average qualifying effort of 7.6 and an average finish of 9.4. He led 119 of 1,690 circuits. 

ThorSport has competed in the truck series since 1996, and the Sandusky, Ohio-based squad is the longest-tenured Truck team in NASCAR.

Under the ownership of Duke Thorson, the organization has two championships with Matt Crafton, 12 victories, 13 poles, 98 top fives and 237 top-10 finishes. 

Abreu is expected to pilot the No. 98 Toyota Tundra with Doug George as his crew chief.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rico Abreu
Teams ThorSport Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Breaking news