Maine motive force Austin Theriault finishes thirty fifth in NASCAR Cup debut
Do you keep in mind when you finally arrived together with your own family at that holiday spot long dreamed about? That once in a lifetime feeling that comes when goals come actual.
Fort Kent native Austin Theriault skilled that moment whilst he arrived on the front gate at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.
“I had been so busy getting ready for this occasion, when it, in the end, got here, I idea ‘It is finally happening!’” Theriault said.
The Foxwood Resort Casino 301, a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race, is the longest race distance that Theriault has tried, which supplied him with a brand new mission on Sunday.
It proved to be a moot factor when he went in the back of the pit wall and retired from the race on lap 185 when a plate within the rear end of his car sheared off.
He completed 35th after qualifying in thirty-sixths on Friday.
The race turned into won by way of Kevin Harvick, who held off Denny Hamlin in a final-lap mystery. Harvick’s pit group consists of Oxford, Maine, native Mike Morneau, the rear tire changer.
Going into the race, Theriault goals were to, “Stay out of the problem, do as many laps as viable, and live out of the way of faster vehicles. I am fortunate to be right here I actually have labored hard for this threat.”
Theriault’s adventure to reach a Cup race started out at age 13 in 2007 whilst the teen made his first laps inside the Young Guns class at Spud Speedway, Caribou, Maine. With achievement on the song, which includes triumphing the Spud one hundred fifty in a V6-powered overdue model the circle of relatives had owned best every week, he determined to pursue his dream to race inside the most prestigious stock vehicle series in the international.
Theriault has evolved popularity for tenacity and perseverance. After triumphing the ARCA Championship in 2017 with Ken Schrader Racing, the next season did now not result in possibilities which many predicted to come to his manner.
The Maine racer, now dwelling in Mooresville, North Carolina, labored with numerous companies to help them to amplify their marketplace and allow him to gain his intention. That paintings came to fruition when Theriault and Bangor Savings Bank announced in June 2019 they might group up as a primary sponsor at the No. Fifty-two Chevrolet within the Rick Ware Racing stable.
The financial institution backed Theriault in 2014 for the Nationwide Series automobile and in 2018 for the Oxford 250.
With a warmth index of 91 tiers on the New Hampshire track, Theriault, an avid motorbike rider, organized for the intense conditions by doing cross u. S. A. Rides inside the North Carolina warmness. Debuting in a Monster Energy Cup car lends itself to assessment with other race motors he has driven.
“The Cup vehicle is heavier and responds exclusively than my PASS (Pro All-Star Series) car. It has greater horsepower although,” he stated.
Theriault is a popular racer in New England.
Twin sisters Brittany and Ashley Cote of Oakland, Maine, met Theriault on the Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta years in the past. They made the ride to guide the Maine driver this weekend.
Bob Masse and his son Keanen from Woodland came to root for his or her favorite drivers but wanted to reveal their help for a fellow County racer. Keenan brought his pal Connor Soucy also from Woodland.