Hometown: St. Helena, California
24, 67, 97, 57
Abreu Vinyards, Keith Kunz Racing, Kyle Busch Racing, Paul Silva Racing
2014 USAC Midget Champion, 2014 USAC Indiana Midget Week CHampion ,2015 and 2016 Chili Bowl Champion....2016 Bill Brownell Memorial, 2012 Chris and Brian Faria Memorial, 3-Time Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial, 9 Different wins at the Louie Vermeil Classic, 4 Wins at the Gary Patterson Classic, 3 wins at the Peter Murphy Classic, 2014 Silve Cup Champion, 2016 and 2018 Gold Cup Race of Champions Champion, 2013 Johnny Key Classic Champ. 2019 Trophy Cup Champion and the 2014 Tyler Wolf Memorial Champ....
USAC Midget ROY
2014 Belleville Midget Nationals
Win List: 116 Wins so far....He has 15 King of the West Series Wins..16 USAC National Midget wins, 11 Wins at Silver Dollar Speedway,....Many wins all over the country...
Rico was introduced to outlaw karts for the first time in 2003 when he attended a race in Vallejo, California with sprint car driver Jeff Griffin. As Griffin raced the powerful 500cc kart, Rico fell in love with the excitement and competition provided and knew this was the perfect place for him to be racing. On his 15th birthday Rico was presented with his first outlaw kart. Again he headed out to the track on his property and spent the next year practicing with Griffin and others until he knew he was ready to go racing for real. On January 24, 2009, Rico made his debut in a 250cc outlaw kart at Lakeport Indoor Speedway, where he finished a very respectable fourth.
Two months later, soon after he turned 17, Rico returned to Lakeport and improved to a second place finish in the feature. Rico then ventured to the birthplace of outlaw karts and raced against the toughest competition anywhere, the indoor bullring of Red Bluff. At his second race there, competing against the largest kart count of the season in the West Coast Outlaw Kart Nationals, Rico qualified for the A-main event, where he finished 16th.
In October of 2009 Rico returned to the Red Bluff Outlaws Indoor Series to tackle his first full season of points racing competition there, electing to contest the 250cc division. After battling his way to an 11th place finish in points he topped the season long campaign with another strong showing at the West Coast Nationals, where he placed a very strong third in the final rundown. Even more impressive, at the Nationals Rico also competed in the top class of outlaw karting, the 500cc Open Outlaw Division, and came home with an outstanding fourth place finish against 67 entries.
In 2011 Rico started running pretty much full-time in any all sprintcars and Midgets.....He would finish 3rd in Taco Bravo Ocean Speedway Sprint Series with his best finishes at the track being two 2nd place finishes the first on July 29th and the other one on August 19. He would also get two 3rd place finishes on May 6th and July 8th. Rico would end the year with 7 top 5's and 15 top 10's. Rico won ROY at Ocean Speedway in Taco Bravo Sprint Series. He would also head to Australia for the first time to race during the winter.
He would experience his first 360 and 410 sprint car wins in 2012. He would get his first 360 win on April 27th at Silver Dollar Speedway Friday Night show. Would get his first 410 Sprint Car win two weeks later on May 12th at Thunderbowl Speedway on the King of the West action. What was so memorable about the win is Rico jumped from the wing into the waiting arms of Brent Kaeding it was one of the best scenes I have ever seen. Everyone loves Rico and his style of driving. He would come back just two weeks later to get his 2nd 410 Sprint win of the year this time at Calistoga Speedway in King of the West Sprint Series. He would end his year on a good night getting the Friday Night win at Trophy Cup on October 19th. Rico would start his career in Midgets and he started winning right away. His 1st Midget win came at Angel Park Speedway on POWRi Midget Series. He would win two more times on July 28th at Junction Speedway and then also in August 12th Belle-Clair Speedway. On September 2nd he also won in USAC Western States Midget series at Calistoga Speedway. He ended the year with 15 top 5's and 16 top 10's and 8 Wins on the year. Rico would add ROY in USAC National Midget Series and would make the Chili Bowl A Main for the first time.
Rico would chase King of the West Championship with Paul Silva as his crew chief. He picked up back-to-back wins in the early part of the season at Cocopah Speedway in his 360 Sprinter..
Rico ended the year running 102 races with 12 Wins in 3 different classes. He won 7 Midget races 4 USAC, 2 POWRi and 1 in USAC Western States Midgets. He won three Prestigious Sprint car races in Califorinia. He won the Dave Bradway Memorial race, The Gary Patterson Memoorial and the Johnny Key Classic..He won at Eldora in a Midget and also at Belleville. Rico would end the year woth 102 races with 63 Top Ten's and 46 Top Five's to go with his 12 wins.....so at the end of 2013 Rico now had 20 total Wins...
Rico wasted no time getting the 2014 season off with bang to the tune of $13,000 in winnings. He won the first 2 ASCS National races at Cocopah Speedway to start the season off on the right foot. Talk about staying hot after back-to-back wins with the ASCS National tour, Rico shows up on Saturday of the Silver Cup and wins that event and then On March 15th at Thunderbowl Speedway in Tulare, California running with the WoO he picks up his first WoO victory. You can't get off to a much better start to the 2014 season than Rico did. Friday night March 21st Rico kept it rolling with another win this time in the 360 Sprint at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, California the night before the WoO show on Saturday. He would go onto an incredible year with many more wins....
He would pick up 25 wins in 10 different series or events. He won in a 410 Sprint car both winged and non-wing, won in a 360 sprint, he also won in a Midget. He won the USAC Midget Championship for the 2014 year. He would have 53 top 5's and 71 top 10's for the year in 105 Races. He won the Belleville Nationals, The Dave Bradway Memorial race two years in a row, and also the Tyler Wolf Memorial race in August. He also was named the USAC National Midget Week Champion. He also won the Johnny Key Classic for the second year in a row. Won the Louie Vermeil Classic opening Night. He would end the year in December winning a Midget race in New Zealand. With his 25 wins he ran his Career total to 45 wins.
He started the season off the best way a driver of his ability can at the Chili Bowl. He won his qualifying night on January 14th and then Saturday the 17th in the A main for all the marbles he passed good friend Bryan Clausen and held off Kevin Swindell to win his first Chili Bowl Nationals win and it was maybe the most popular win at the event. The crowd went ballistic as Rico jumped into the arms of his car owner Keith Kunz, it was awesome. On July 4th Rico who was running the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series would find the winners Circle at Columbus Motor Speedway. Then on the very next night at Angel Park Speedway he would pick up his 2nd career win at the track in the POWRi Midget Series. He ended his year with 20 wins in 4 different classes, 9 different organizations....he would get in 107 races with 44 Top 5's and 59 Top 10's. 29th annual Chili Bowl Champion and was voted the NASCAR K&N Most popular Driver....Since 2012 Rico has now accumulated 65 Total Wins....Amongst his wins were 2 more WoO races, the Bill Brownell Race along with 8 Midget wins for car owner Keith Kunz. In 2015 Rico started in the NASCAR Truck Series...
Rico loves the Chili Bowl and he again would win his Qualifying night and then capped it off by winning the 30th Annual Chili Bowl and doing probably the most epic victory celebration of all time.....also whats so iconic is he beat his friend Bryan Clausen and there was the scene of Rico Jumping from the top of his Midget right into the arms of Clausen who came over to congratulate.....Clausen was beyond a class act. It was two in a row for Rico and he was and still is the most popular winner of this great race. Rico would win a big Money race at Badlands Motor Speedway for the $50,000 to win 410 Winged Sprint race. Then 21 days later pocketed another $25,000 for winning the famed Gold Cup in Chico, California for his 3rd WoO win in just over a month and $95,000 in winnings. Rico would sweep the King of the West 2-day show and scoring his first Cotton Classic on October 15 and 16th to end his year on a winning note and with 16 wins.....Rico saw his total win total grow to 81 wins for his career...He would enter 92 races his lowest total in a few years, but still a huge schedule...to go along with the 16 wins he had 33 Top 5's and 45 Top 10's on the year.
2017 saw him race a little less only 79 times but still picking up 11 wins....He started off the year not scoring his first win until April 8 at Arizona Speedway in WoO action. It would be his 7th WoO win of his career...2017 saw a brand new 360 Sprint Series start up in California and his family becoming part of the series called the Sprint Car Challenge Tour. He would get the win on April 21st at Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway. He would score his 3rd Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial win in the very popular and important event in California. He would then head out to the midwest and score another victory during the USAC Midget Week again at Lawrenceburg Speedway in the Keith Kunz #21. He would pick up his first PA Speedweek win on July 9th at Selinsgrove Speedway. It was onto Mansfield Speedway where he would win on one of the best last lap passes on Spencer Bayston to get the open 410 Sprint car show. He would pick up one more win in July this time with the MOWA 410 Series at Jacksonville Speedway on July 28th. In August Rico would join the All-Star Series for a few races and get the win at Atomic Speedway on August 25th. His last two wins for the year were at one of his favorite events of the year the Louie Vermeil Classic. On Sunday Night September 3rd he would win both Mains that night the 410 non-wing USAC/CRA race and then earlier he won the USAC/Western Midget race in his Keith Kunz Midget for his 10th and 11th win on the year. Rico had 31 Top 5's and 47 Top 10's.....he ran his win total to 92 for his young Career.
Rico scaled back his racing for the season still running 67 events but by far his lowest win totals since 2011 with only 5 wins on the season...He did win the Prestigious Gold Cup Race of Champions in WoO action at Silver Dollar Speedway. He also would the end the year winning the Gary Patterson Classic at Stockton Dirt Track. He would have 15 Top Five's and 29 Top Ten's on the year in 410's, 360's and Midgets and added two more WoO wins to his career.....he now has 97 wins on his career......
Rico rebounded from only five wins to 13 wins and he ended the year like no other doing somethimng that had never been done before. He sweept all three nights of the Trophy Cup one of the biggest races of the year anywhere and is the biggest in California. He won the SCCT 360 race at the Gary Patterson Classic to end his year. He won the Nor-Cal Posse Shootout at Palcerville. he raceed aroumnd 80 races with 37 Top Fibe's and 54 top Ten's and with his 13 wins he now sits at 110 for his career......
This will be known as the year of Covid-19 where if there were races most had no fans or limited fans and for the whole year there were no fans in California....Rico's home state...he would still get to race 58 times mostly in his 410 sprinter...would end up with 6 wins and in July he won three races in a row...he would get 29 Top Five's and 36 Top Ten's...he now sits at 116 Wins for his career....one of his wins was during the PA Speedweek which is hard to do.....
In his first 10 years of racing Rico has won a ton of big races in his career.....The Bill Brownell, Chris and Brian Faria Memorial, 3-Time Dave Bradway Jr Memorial, 9 wins at the Louie Vermeil Classic, 3-Time Peter Murphy Classic championships, Silver Cup Champion, 2-Time Gold Cup Race of Champions, 2-Time Johnny Key Classic Wins, 4-Time Gary Patterson Classic championships....he has won the Trophy Cup and by doing it did something no one has ever done is he won all three nights of the Trophy Cup....He also has won the Chili Bowl twice and the Tyler Wolf Memorial.
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