October 11, 2017 Theriault dusting off the super late model for weekend fun at Oxford Plains Speedway
By Don Radebaugh, ARCA Racing Series
With one more weekend off before the Kansas 150 season finale, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship leader Austin Theriault is headed back to one of his old stomping grounds in his home state.
"We're getting ready for a late model race in Maine…just for fun," said Theriault.
Logistically, it worked out pretty good for the Fort Kent, Maine driver. He was already home.
"I haven't really ran up here for a while. I was already up here for a fair last weekend. Instead of flying back (to North Carolina), I decided to stay and work on an old car here. It's been sitting in the back of the shop for three years. It's been my car since 2012…it hasn't raced since 2015…up in Canada."
It's not just an 'old stomping grounds'…it's the legendary Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, home of the annual Oxford 250. Theriault will be racing with the PASS Super Late Model Touring Series Saturday.
"Oxford has a lot of great history. It's the home of the legendary Oxford 250…they've been running it since the 70s. A lot of guys from the south -- the Pettys, the Earnhardts, the Allisons -- all used to come up."
Theriault has called on several of his ole chums to help get the car ready.
"I have some guys that used to help me…it's kinda like getting back together with everyone. It's a low pressure deal. We wanna win but we don't race these cars as much as these guys up here. We're a little behind but we'll have some fun."
With a commanding 400-points advantage headed to Kansas and the championship wrapped up -- all he has to do is show up and compete -- one could consider the Kansas 150 a low pressure deal too.
"Sort of…but from the standpoint of trying to improve our intermediate program, we're still working on it. I felt like at Kentucky there were still areas that we needed to keep working on.
"At Kansas, we're going to have as much fun as we can but the focus is still there. We're still looking for that consistent speed without all those strategies. We want to run up front on pure speed rather than finding a certain strategy to throw at it. We're heading in the right direction…trying to compete with MDM…the 99…we're little behind; but we're heading in the right direction."
Kansas ARCA 150 kicks off Triple-Header Weekend
The Kansas 150 also serves as the show-opener for big triple-header weekend of racing to include the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday and the Monster Energy Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday.
The Kansas 150 marks the 17th consecutive ARCA race at Kansas since the series debuted on the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 2001 – Jason Jarrett the inaugural winner. Other ARCA winners at Kansas include Frank Kimmel, Shelby Howard, Ryan Hemphill, Chad Blount, Scott Lagasse, Jr., Scott Speed, Parker Kligerman, Ty Dillon, Alex Bowman, Spencer Gallagher, Mason Mitchell and Chase Briscoe.
Practice for the Kansas 150 is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 2:30 p.m. The 17th Kansas ARCA 150 is scheduled to get the green flag at 7:47 Friday night, with live coverage on FS2. ARCAracing.com will also feature Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat of all on-track activities.