BARRE, Vt. – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, continued his recent hot streak on the ACT Late Model Tour, finishing fifth in the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., on Sunday, September 4. Theriault has posted Top-5 finishes in five consecutive starts dating back to late July. After winning his heat race, Theriault's car was found too low in technical inspection and sent to the back of the consolation race. Theriault battled from the back of the consolation and B-Feature to earn the 25th starting position. The fifth-place finish marks Theriault's best career finish at Thunder Road International Speedbowl.
WHO:Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM:AT Racing No. 57ME Varney Insurance Ford
CREW CHIEF:Mickey Green, West Paris, Maine
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200
WHERE: Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, Vt. (.25-mile oval)
ACT Late Model Tour
LAST RACE: August 27, Oxford 150, Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Me. (2nd)
NEXT RACE: September 10, Budweiser Showdown at Chaudiere, Autodrome Chaudiere, Vallee-Jonction, Que. (.333-mile oval)
AUSTIN, TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY.
“Where can I start? We were the top of the charts in every practice. We had a little incident in the heat race. They found us too low. I don't think it's too low, but you take what they give you. We recovered from that luckily. We started way in the back in the Consi and the B-Feature. We were lucky to qualify.
“We had more laps on the left side (tires) than most of these guys. We still came through the field. We planned a little bit different strategy and got tires a little earlier than we probably should have, because we thought weather was coming.
“Overall, we can't complain. Guys came in and took tires long after we did, but we pulled through. We were a little discouraged after the heat, but we kept with it.”
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