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Austin Theriault: ACT Invitational Race Preview

- Justin St. Louis on 16 Sep 2010

Sylvania 300 weekend coverage presented by New England Dirt Track Championships and Subway of VT/NH

(From team press release)

Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, heads to the center of racing in New England where he will compete in the ACT Late Model Tour's second annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Saturday, September 18. The race takes place during Sylvania 300 weekend -- the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and is part of a Saturday tripleheader at the track which includes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour. Theriault was among the first 20 drivers invited to the 43-car starting field out of nearly 80 Late Model drivers to test at the track back in August. Theriault leads the ACT Late Model Tour rookie standings with one race remaining and is eighth inver overall standings with five Top-10 finishes in nine starts.

WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: No. 57 Varney Insurance Ford Fusion
BEST CAREER ACT INVITATIONAL FINISH: N/A
LAST RACE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: N/A

WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour 2nd annual ACT Inviatational
WHERE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H. (1.058-mile oval)
WHEN: 5:45 p.m., Saturday, September 18

ACT Late Model Tour
LAST RACE: Sunday, September 12, Mohawk Casino Fall Foliage 300, Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, N.Y. (12th-place finish)
NEXT RACE: October 2-3, Milk Bowl, Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, Barre, Vt. (.250-mile oval)
POINTS POSITION: 8th

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AUSTIN, HOW ARE YOU FEELING HEADING INTO ONE OF THE BIGGEST WEEKENDS OF YOUR ENTIRE CAREER?

There will be some pressure because there's a whole bunch of people watching, and the stands will still be pretty full for the race. But even though there's that little bit of pressure, this is probably also a time where we can have some fun as a team.

Not many people get the opportunity to race on a track that's that popular in New England with all the race fans. It's a luxury not many people get to have, and I'm looking forward to it.

HAS THE TEAM SET A CONCRETE GOAL FOR THIS WEEKEND?

I honestly don't really have a goal. We have goals to run good every weekend at every track we go to, but we'll take it the way it comes. If we come out of there and don't win or don't finish in the Top-5, we're not going to look at that as a disappointment. Not by any standard.

I'm sure by a couple hours before the race, the nerves will be pretty high. But this is going to be a lot of fun for a lot of people -- it's the 43 best Late Model teams in New England and Canada.

SEASON OPENERS

ACT LATE MODEL TOUR
Feb. 13/14, 2011
New Smyrna Speedway
New Smyrna Beach, FL

MODIFIED RACING SERIES
March 27, 2011
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Waterford, CT

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April 30, 2011
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Scarborough, ME

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