Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown @ Pigeon Hills
Lincoln Speedway (PA) | Abbottstown, PA
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Race Recap  

ONE FOR ONE: Rico Abreu Masters Lincoln for World of Outlaws Win in First Race of 2023; Carson Macedo Claims Spring Showdown Title

Rico Abreu made a powerful opening statement for his 2023 Sprint Car season.

On a night that was all about World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars battling the PA Posse, it was a driver not fitting into either category coming out on top.

Making his 2023 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season debut, Abreu topped a thriller at Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA) on Saturday night in the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown finale. The St. Helena, CA native outdueled four-time and defending Series champion, Brad Sweet, in the 35-lap Feature to take home the $10,000 check.

The victory marked his 10th with The Greatest Show on Dirt and first in the state of Pennsylvania. Abreu became the 48th different driver to reach double digit World of Outlaws wins and only the eighth from the state of California.

Needless to say, Abreu was thrilled for he and his #24 crew to come out swinging so forcefully to begin his year.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Abreu said. “It’s incredible for my team. I think that’s the coolest part for me is for my team to experience something like that. Those are definitely difficult wins to come by.”

The majority of the 35 laps proved to be a three-horse race between Abreu, Sweet, and Raymond, WA native turned PA Posse driver, Devon Borden.

Sweet controlled the early portion of the race, taking off from the pole position. The driver of the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 faced an early challenge from Freddie Rahmer as traffic became a factor early on. However, on lap nine Rahmer’s chances vanished as he nosed into Sweet’s tail tank and spun in Turn one.

Rahmer’s misfortune moved Borden into the runner-up spot. On the ensuing restart, it appeared as if Sweet may get away, but lapped traffic again posed an issue for him, allowing Borden to close in. Around the halfway point, Borden made one valiant attempt at the lead as he drew even with Sweet down the front straightaway, but Sweet got his elbows up and pulled away after catching a glimpse of the Shuttlesworth-Stehman #23 to his outside.

“I actually thought there, for a minute, we were going to have a really good shot to win,” Borden said of the battle with Sweet. “We were really fast, had a really good car. I was just trying to stay patient and got to Sweet there a couple of times and was really close to him.”

Only a lap after Sweet put some distance between himself and Borden, Abreu’s car began to come alive as he rolled by Borden and set his sights on Sweet. Shortly after taking the runner-up spot, Abreu closed on “The Big Cat” and tossed a slider on him to take the lead coming to 13 laps to go. Abreu gave plenty of credit to his legendary crew chief, Ricky Warner, and his work on the wrenches for his late race speed.

“Ricky is obviously a very experienced crew chief and understands the ability to adapt quickly when it comes to crew chief decisions on racetracks that develop throughout the night,” Abreu said. “My car was unbelievably fast tonight. I was really lucky to get good track position and not have to fight too hard to get up front. Toward the end of the race, my car just kept getting better and better.”

Rico Abreu
Rico Abreu is now a 10-time World of Outlaws Feature winner (Trent Gower Photo)

After Abreu took the lead, there was no looking back as he pulled ahead and ultimately took the checkered flag with nearly a two second advantage over Sweet. The night marked Abreu’s second Lincoln Sprint Car triumph after topping a 2020 PA Speedway race at the 3/8ths mile. A win to kick off his racing season left Abreu feeling especially grateful for his situation.

“I have some great partners,” Abreu said. “Everybody just does an unbelievable job. It’s just really cool to sit back and see it and see everybody involved and how pleasuring it is to me to be in this position. It’s unbelievable.”

Behind Abreu, Sweet finished on the podium for the second time this year, earning the 259th of his illustrious career with the World of Outlaws. The Grass Valley, CA native felt encouraged with the result but also couldn’t help but think of what could’ve been after leading the opening 22 circuits.

“Overall tonight, we were pretty happy with our car, finishing second even though we were leading laps and up front,” Sweet explained. “I just felt we were a little off in the A (main), but this is a tough field of cars. And with new tires and a lot of unknowns, you just don’t know how these nights are going to go, so we’re pretty happy with second with our Napa Auto Parts car.”

Rounding out the podium in just his 14th career World of Outlaws Feature start was Borden, marking his first career Series top-three.

“It honestly means the world just to be running out here in Pennsylvania against the absolute best in the world and running up front and contending for wins, you know,” Borden said. “We’ve come a long way, didn’t think I’d be here this soon. It’s really cool.”

One spot behind Borden was a hard charging Carson Macedo. The Jason Johnson Racing driver moved up from ninth to fourth, enough to make him the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown champion and pocket an extra $10,000.

“It means a lot to us,” Macedo said. “I think it’s something really cool they put together that hopefully they continue to do in the future. I feel like all the people from Low-E Insulation, that’s a good chunk of change for them to put out.”

David Gravel and Brad Sweet finished second and third in the Spring Showdown standings to take home the remaining portion of the point fund with Gravel taking $6,000 and Sweet claiming $4,000.

Carson Macedo Celebrating Spring Showdown
Carson Macedo won the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown (Trent Gower Photo)

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will take on a down south double header as next weekend (March 24-25), Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL) and Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS) host The Greatest Show on Dirt. For tickets, CLICK HERE

If you can’t make it to the track, watch live on DIRTVision.


A Feature (35 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu[3]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 3. 23-Devon Borden[4]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[9]; 5. 13-Justin Peck[12]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich[7]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[21]; 9. 19-Brent Marks[13]; 10. 2-David Gravel[6]; 11. 5-Spencer Bayston[8]; 12. 11-Michael Kofoid[10]; 13. 83-James McFadden[25]; 14. 27-Chris Windom[16]; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri[19]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[27]; 17. 16-Matt Campbell[11]; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[22]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[30]; 20. 15-Donny Schatz[28]; 21. 9-Kasey Kahne[29]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen[15]; 23. 8D-Billy Dietrich[14]; 24. 69-Tim Glatfelter[20]; 25. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[18]; 26. 99M-Kyle Moody[26]; 27. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[23]; 28. 44-Dylan Norris[24]; 29. 8-Freddie Rahmer[2]; 30. 1M-Landon Myers[17]

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Event Info  

Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown @ Pigeon Hills
March 18, 2023
Lincoln Speedway (PA)
800 Racetrack Rd
Abbottstown, PA 

Event Description
Since returning to Lincoln Speedway in 2012, the Outlaws and Posse have split 12 races at 6-6, but the Outlaws have won 3 straight. Can they do it again in the Pigeon Hills?

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Sprint Car Track Record
12.577 seconds by Greg Hodnett on 4/30/16

Event Schedule
1:00 PM - Pit Gates Open
2:30pm - Will Call Open
2:45pm - Early Entry Open
3:00 PM - Grandstands Open
5:00 PM - Hot Laps/Qualifying with Opening Ceremonies and Racing to Follow
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Adult Reserved: $40
Adult GA: $35
GA (12 & under): $10

Pit Pass Price

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
information: Camping is free to the public. Dry camping only. Campers may not enter property no earlier than noon the day before the race and must be off the lot no later than noon the day after the race

Frequently Asked Questions  
Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
Seat cushions are permitted to use in the grandstand seating.
Spectators sitting in the infield may bring in a lawn chair

Handicapped Seating
Accessible seating is available in the turn one stands.

Pit Age Limit
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows.

Personal Coolers
Yes, coolers no bigger than 18 inches are allowed to be brought in.


Credit Card Use
Office, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Fans 21 and older may possess and consume alcohol inside the speedway gates. Please NO GLASS BOTTLES.

Smoking Policy
Smoking (E-Cigs included) is not permitted in the grandstand or within 15 feet of any concession stand.

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
information: Camping is free to the public. Dry camping only. Campers may not enter property no earlier than noon the day before the race and must be off the lot no later than noon the day after the race

Closest Airport
Harrisburg International Airport

Other Airport
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Track Info  

Lincoln Speedway (PA)
800 Racetrack Rd
Abbottstown, PA 

Track Phone
(717) 624-2755

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Size & Type
0.375; high banked

Sprint Car Track Record
12.577 seconds by Greg Hodnett on 4/30/16

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