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AT Racing: ACT Late Model Tour Sanair Super Speedway Race Preview

Posted By Tj Ingerson On August 10, 2012

Categories: American-Canadian Tour

(From team press release)

Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, returns to the ACT Late Model Tour when the series heads to Sanair Super Speedway in Ste-Pie, Quebec, for the ACT 100 on Saturday, August 11. The race is a combination event with the ACT Castrol Series and is the first ACT race since Theriault won the ACT 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway two weeks ago. The 18-year-old Brad Keselowski Racing development driver has never competed at the .875-mile triangle, but he did finish second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last August and has enjoyed success this season on flat tracks like Beech Ridge and Oxford Plains Speedway. With four races remaining, Theriault is just 16 points out of the series lead.


THE FACTS

WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: AT Racing No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion
CREW CHIEF: Mickey Green, South Paris, Maine
BEST CAREER SANAIR SUPER SPEEDWAY FINISH: N/A
LAST RACE AT SANAIR SUPER SPEEDWAY: N/A
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour 100
WHERE: Sanair Super Speedway, Ste-Pie, Quebec (.875-mile triangle)
WHEN: Saturday, August 11 – Practice, 1 p.m.; Qualifying, 5:45 p.m.; Race, 8 p.m.

ACT Late Model Tour
LAST RACE: July 28, ACT 150, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (1st)
NEXT RACE: August 25, ACT 200, Riverside Speedway, St. Croix, Quebec (.25-mile oval)
CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 2nd



DID YOU KNOW?

Following his win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Austin Theriault moved to second in the current ACT Late Model Tour standings – the highest he has been at any point in his career.

Austin Theriault will leave Quebec following the race Sunday night to be at White Mountain Motorsports Park for Sunday's PASS North Series 150, where he will drive a Mulkern Racing car.

Austin Theriault is one of three finalists for the “2012 Maine Young Guns.” The three drivers are vying for the right to drive a Go Green Racing car in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 22.



WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

AUSTIN THERIAULT, Driver of the AT Racing No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion, On heading to Sanair Super Speedway this weekend: “It's a little bit of an unknown for us right now. I've seen the track, and I think what we're bringing is going to be pretty close. We're probably going to have to tune a little bit. It's really like nothing I've been on before – maybe Concord (N.C.), but the banking is different and there's some other things that are different about it.

“I'm liking the fact that it's pretty flat which is something we've been pretty good at in the past, getting the cars to turn on the flat tracks. We're going into it treating it like it's a big Oxford, but the fact is, it's got another whole set of corners. I think we're at a little big of a disadvantage because we didn't go test – but we're in the same boat as a lot of people.”

On whether his goals for the season have changed after winning his first career race at Beech Ridge and moving to within 16 points of leader Wayne Helliwell Jr.: “I guess the goal has been and will continue to be, as far as what we're doing on the ACT program, to win races. I'm not going to the track always worried about where we are and what we have to do to (win the championship). It's still about going out and shooting for Top-3s and wins. The points will end up wherever they end up.

“If Wayne gets a couple more wins, he'll probably pull it off. But the whole season's been very fluid as far as the points. It's anybody's game right now and will continue to be anybody's game. Things change so quick, and we've seen that from the start of the year until now.

“We're in the best position now than we have been to make a run for it. More so than we were at the beginning of the year, or two or three races in. We're still learning, and we have a really good foundation for the rest of the year.”



UP NEXT

The ACT Late Model Tour returns to Quebec for another combination event with the ACT Castrol Series – the ACT Can-Am 200 at Riverside Speedway in St. Croix, Que., on Saturday, August 25... Austin Theriault finished fourth in the event last season.