4-foot-4 NASCAR Driver Rico Abreu Makes History, Wins His First Stock Car Race

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In January, 22-year-old sprint car champion Rico Abreu signed a driver development agreement with Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. On Saturday, at the Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio, he won his first stock car race in just his seventh try.

That sounds like it could be the story of just about any up-and-coming NASCAR driver. Guy starts at the bottom, beats everybody, works his way up the ranks to the big time.

However, this story is different. Rico Abreu is a little person. Born with achondroplasia, the genetic bone growth disorder that causes dwarfism, Abreu is 4’4″ tall and weighs just 95 pounds. To race in a stock car, his team has to make special modifications to the steering column and pedals.

Thus, Abreu’s first win in NASCAR series wasn’t just personal history. It was racing history. And it was awesome.

Abreu’s good friends Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse were understandably pumped.

Keep an eye on Rico Abreu. This kid is going places.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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