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Rico Abreu gets 1st stock car win in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rico Abreu has earned his first career stock car victory, racing to the win at Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio.

Abreu set a track record in winning the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event. He then held on for the victory.

Abreu is the reigning USAC national champion and winner of this year's Chili Bowl. He made his stock car debut at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida in January, one week after his Chili Bowl victory.

The 22-year-old Californian is 4-foot-4 and weighs about 95 pounds. He was born with the condition of achondroplasia, a genetic disorder of bone growth and the most common cause of dwarfism. That means he and his team have to make alterations to his racing machines, but surprisingly few. Pedals and the steering column are extended and his racing seat uses less room behind it, but that's it. He uses foot blocks to build up the accelerator area so he can drive.

Close friends and Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who both raced against Abreu in midget cars, congratulated him via Twitter.

Sources told ESPN in January that Abreu's venture into stock car racing was the first stage of a driver development agreement with Chip Ganassi Racing, whom Larson drives for in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

"So happy for @Rico_Abreu!" Ganassi tweeted after the win.

ESPN senior writer Ryan McGee and The Associated Press contributed to this report.