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Fort Kent Teen Named Maine Driver Of The Year For 2012

AUGUSTA, Maine – Austin Theriault added another laurel to his already impressive resume, as the Fort Kent, Maine, native was named the 2012 Driver Of The Year during the Maine Vintage Race Car Association (MVRCA) annual Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and banquet on Saturday, April 6, at the Augusta Civic Center.

Theriault, 19, competed full-time on the ACT Late Model Tour last season while also running several races for Brad Keselowski Racing and making two PASS North Series starts.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be named the MVRCA ‘Driver of the Year,’” Theriault said after competing in a Southern Super Series for Super Late Models at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday night. “It’s humbling to have your name up there with so many of the great names that are part of this sport. I want to thank everyone who was involved in the selection process.”

Theriault’s breakout 2012 season was marked by an ACT Late Model Tour win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, in July and a PASS North Series victory in the season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, in October. He also posted his second consecutive third-place finish in the prestigious TD Bank Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains.

Theriault finished third in the final ACT Late Model Tour standings, the only driver to post Top-10 finishes in all 10 of the series’ points races. He also recorded six Top-5 finishes, tying for the series-high.

His campaign was rounded out with a multi-race effort at BKR, which made starts in such nationally-notable races as the Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Fla., the World Crown 300 in Jefferson, Ga., the Winchester 400 in Winchester, Ind., and the Rowdy 251 in Berlin, Mich. Theriault posted a third-place finish in the Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., in November.

“I really can’t thank Brad Keselowski Racing, Crazy Horse Racing, (crew chief) Mickey Green, Gary Crooks, my family, the crews that worked on the cars and everybody involved in ACT and PASS enough,” Theriault said. “There are so many people to thank for helping me get to where I am now. I’m almost at a loss for words to have been given such a prestigious award.”

During the winter, Theriault moved to North Carolina to work at Brad Keselowski Racing, where he will continue to drive for the BKR development program this season. He will also pilot a family-owned car in six races in Maine this summer, including the Oxford 250, three PASS races at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and two more PASS races at Oxford Plains, beginning with the season-opening 150-lap event on April 21.