By Don Radebaugh, ARCA Racing Series
Maine all in for Austin Theriault
If it was yay or nay on the quality of the race, it was all thumbs-up from new ARCA race fans from Maine who continue to cheer on their home-state hero, Fort Kent, Maine's Austin Theriault who won his seventh ARCA Racing Series event of the year at Kentucky, and eighth of his career. This means that Theriault has won 38 percent of all the ARCA races he has entered. Theriault's amazing win-start ratio includes a victory at Michigan Int'l Speedway in his first start in 2014. Theriault also lowered his average finish to exactly 3. In 21 career starts, he has 18 top-five finishes and none outside the top-10. Theriault is not only the only driver to win an ARCA race from the state of Maine, he is, amazingly enough over 65 consecutive years, the only driver from Maine to ever compete in the ARCA Racing Series. Safe to say that Theriault has grown ARCA's overall audience to include hundreds, if not thousands from the state of Maine.
"Totally awesome Austin. So proud of our Maine man," chatted Theresa P.
Theriault adds intermediate track to win column
Theriault is one of only nine drivers in the history of ARCA to have won on all the track types and disciplines that the series competes on to include short paved tracks, dirt tracks, superspeedways and road courses. However, Theriault is the only driver to have won on all the aforementioned track types in a single season. With Theriault's most recent win at Kentucky, you could unofficially include a fifth category for the year to include a 1.5-mile intermediate track. Theriault's other superspeedway win this year came in the season-opener at Daytona, one of only two "restrictor plate" tracks on ARCA's tour.