Waterbury, VT – Speed 51.com, a racing news publication, has chosen Fort Kent, ME’s Austin Theriault and Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet as two of the top 51 short track drivers in the country in their “Speed 51 Short Track Draft.”

Theriault, coming off a third place finish at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on the American Canadian Tour, was chosen as the 41st best driver in the country. Speed 51 touted the young star saying, “Talented and consistent in different forms of Late Model racing,” and, “Theriault has been turning heads all across New England for a few years”. Theriault beamed with pride at the news.

“It just goes to show that it’s all about hard work and dedication. I’ve been around some great people in the racing world right from the start and it has really helped me grow as a person and a driver. It’s much more about the people that help you along the way, than me as a driver. It’s a team effort,” said Theriault. “The number isn’t even the point, it’s just an honor to be recognized.”

Picked number 46 on the list was former Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet. The draft claimed Sweet as, “One of the best to have run at (Thunder Road),” and claimed that, “Sweet was hot at times last season as he has the number 88VT car up front in all events he competed in.” Sweet was pleasantly surprised to hear his name on the list.

“That list is really all the short track drivers in the country? Wow,” said the ever-modest Sweet. “This year has been a rebuilding year for us as we have been really trying to focus on getting myself and teammate Eric Chase better. To be on that list is just phenomenal.”

Sweet and Theriault will resume ACT racing action for the Oxford 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME on Sunday, May 20. Post time is 2:00pm.

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