Austin Theriault: ACT Late Model Tour
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Race Report
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, continued his strong mid-summer performance with a fifth-place finish in the American Canadian Tour 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, July 30. Theriault’s first ACT Late Model Tour Top-5 of the season comes one week after his impressive podium finish in the TD Bank Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine – where he became the youngest Top-3 finisher in the 38-year history of the Oxford 250. The RPM Motorsports team will travel to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Tuesday, August 2, to begin testing for the ACT All-Star Challenge, which will be held during IZOD IndyCar weekend at the track on August 12-14. Theriault hopes the momentum of two strong Late Model finishes will continue through the ACT All-Star Challenge.
WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: RPM Motorsports No. 57 Varney Insurance Ford
CREW CHIEF: Mickey Green, West Paris, Maine
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour 150
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.333-mile oval)
ACT Late Model Tour
LAST RACE: July 9, Jim’s Captown 100, Twin State Speedway, Claremont, N.H. (12th)
NEXT RACE: August 13, ACT All-Star Challenge, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH (1.058-mile oval)
AUSTIN, SUM UP YOUR DAY.
“We just rode around for about 100 laps, just to let things settle out in the front. I know the leaders were racing really hard. Not that I’m surprised, but we made some pretty drastic changes after the heat race and they seemed to pay off. We did have a Top-5 car – probably not good enough to race with (winner) Jeff Taylor and those guys. They really checked out towards the end.
“I’m really happy with the RPM car. Thanks to RPM, Varney Insurance, and Ford. We are riding a little bit of momentum coming off of last week (in the TD Bank Oxford 250). I guess I believe in momentum, but it’s really just about working hard. We worked hard today and I think things are starting to turn around for the second part of the season. We had a good run going.”
YOU HAVE THE TEST COMING UP TUESDAY AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THAT TEST?
“Being fast. It’s a different car from what we ran there last year, but I’m getting used to driving different cars this week. I think we’ll be fast, and I’m pretty confident in the setup (car owner Rick Paya) has for Loudon. We’ll go there and see how it works out.”