SAINT CROIX, Quebec – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, rallied back from deep in the field with handling issues to finish sixth in the ACT Late Model Tour Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in Saint Croix, Quebec, on Saturday, August 25. After contact in his qualifying race left the AT Racing No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion with damage, the crew repaired it and Theriault drove from a 20th-place starting position for his eighth Top-10 finish in as many ACT starts this season. Theriault was in danger of going one lap down before pitting on Lap 114 for fresh tires, after which he made his march through the field and finished the race in a battle for fifth-place.
WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: AT Racing No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion
CREW CHIEF: Mickey Green, South Paris, Maine
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour Can-Am 200
WHERE: Circuit Riverside Speedway, Saint Croix, Quebec (.625-mile trapezoid oval)
AUSTIN, HOW WOULD YOU BEST SUM UP YOUR NIGHT?
It just one of those days where kind of the whole day had been a struggle. It’s something we prepare for, but you hope you never run into. It seemed to be our day for bad luck and misfortune. We were involved in an incident in the the heat race and we had to recover from that, so we didn’t get a good starting position.
I think we had a bad tire (in the feature). Our first set of right (side tires) were damaged pretty bad from the incident in the heat race. We struggled for 100-something laps, and we were just riding and trying not to lose ground. We came in (on Lap 114) and put some other tires on, and the car was better. We were about ready to make a pass for fifth at the end. It was not a substantial points night, but (race winner Brian Hoar) will be right there in the picture now. Time will tell how it all plays out.
ARE YOU ABLE TO LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE WITH ONLY TWO RACES LEFT?
Well, we’re still kind of disappointed a little bit. We were kind of thinking this was going to be our weekend to gain some more points, and it didn’t’ quite happen. We still have two races to go, and anything can happen.
I’m just anxious to go test at Loudon now (on Wednesday). We will be pretty good down there, so we’ll just get ready for that.