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August 20, 2017 Dirt track beginner Theriault on pole at Springfield Mile Dirt

Austin Theriault, in his first ever dirt track appearance, showed his fellow comrades how it's done, at least so far anyway.

Theriault, in Ken Schrader's No. 52 Ford, won the General Tire Pole Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt, circling the famous fairgrounds track in 33.768 seconds (106.610 mph).

"This is quite a thing for a pavement guy to come here and get the pole," said Theriault. "I feel like if you're a decent driver you should be able to adapt. There are a lot of fast guys here too who have done this dirt thing for a long time. I just need to run my own race, race the track, mind my own business and stay out of trouble."

That said, Theriault also said he was still a little surprised.

"I am a little surprised…I didn't expect to come here and put it on the pole…there are a lot of guys who have a lot more experience than I do. It's a total team effort though…I can't take all the credit."

Theriault's boss and car owner Ken Schrader is here in Springfield today.

"Having Ken Schrader here is a really big help. I'm a pavement guy. Just goes to show what kind of team we have. This car has already won twice this year. I'm really excited. Since my first lap in practice, I've had a smile on my face."


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