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Austin Theriault (born January 23, 1994) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 52 for Rick Ware Racing, and part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 92 Ford F-150 for RBR Enterprises. He won the ARCA Racing Series championship in 2017, driving for Ken Schrader Racing.

Austin Theriault
52 Austin Theriault 2017 Road America 100 ARCA.jpg
Theriault's 2017 ARCA championship car at Road America
Born (1994-01-23) January 23, 1994 (age 25)
Fort Kent, Maine
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
Achievements2017 ARCA Racing Series Champion
2016 K&N Pro Series East Most Popular Driver
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
3 races run over 1 year
Car no., teamNo. 52 (Rick Ware Racing)
First race2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (Loudon)
Last race2019 Consumers Energy 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
6 races run over 2 years
2016 position120th
Best finish40th (2014)
First race2014 Get To Know Newton 250 (Iowa)
Last race2016 Ticket Galaxy 200 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
13 races run over 4 years
Truck no., teamNo. 92 (RBR Enterprises)
2018 position63rd
Best finish24th (2015)
First race2015 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Last race2019 TruNorth Global 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 0
Statistics current as of August 11, 2019.

Racing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

A native of Fort Kent, Maine,[1][2][3] he made his racing debut at the age of 13 in 2007 at Spud Speedway in Caribou, Maine Driving in the local racing divisions before moving up part-time to the touring late model division in 2009 where he qualified for his first American Canadian Tour race at Oxford Plains Speedway.

 
Theriault competing in the ACT race at Circuit Riverside Speedway Ste-Croix in 2011

Theriault joined the ACT Late Model Tour full-time in 2010, finishing seventh in points driving the family-owned #57ME with a best finish of second. He started the 2011 season in a second car for RPM Motorsports, but returned to the family team mid-season, scoring eight top-ten finishes en route to third place in points. In 2012, Theriault finished no worse than ninth all year, scoring eight top-five runs and earning his first career ACT win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway en route to another third-place points finish.

Theriault started his first Pro All-Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model Touring Series event in 2010. He became a development driver for Brad Keselowski Racing during the 2012 season, and switched focus to Super Late Models following the ACT season, making selected starts throughout the Southeast for BKR while running part-time in the PASS North Tour in 2013 and 2014. Theriault won four PASS races between 2012 and 2014.

Theriault occasionally competed in other racing events and divisions from 2011 to 2014, including the ARCA Midwest Tour, World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series, Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series, CRA JEGS All-Star Tour, CRA Super Series Southern Division, CRA Super Series, ACT and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

On July 20, 2013, Theriault competed in the prestigious IWK 250, along with car owner Brad Keselowski, in the No. 29X for BKR. After starting the race in 4th, Theriault had a clean race and brought the car home in an impressive 5th place, just two spots behind Keselowski who finished 3rd.[4][5]

Theriault has competed five times in the Oxford 250, finishing in the top five in his first four starts with a best finish of second in 2014.

Xfinity SeriesEdit

On May 18, 2014, Theriault made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports where he finished 15th.[6][7] On June 13 of that year, he won his first ARCA race, in Theriault's first start at Michigan International Speedway.

Theriault returned in the Xfinity Series, by practicing in the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Brad Keselowski at Iowa. Theriault later was picked up by Obaika Racing to drive the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro, starting at Richmond.

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

In 2015, Theriault began racing part-time with Brad Keselowski Racing, driving the No. 29 Ford F-150. He is sharing the ride with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney. He got his career best finish at Daytona International Speedway in February where he finished 4th.[8] He almost won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Theriault's home track where he led late in the race before fading to 8th.[9]

On October 3, 2015, Theriault was involved in a huge crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when his BKR teammate Tyler Reddick got loose in turn 4 and clipped him, causing the race truck he was driving to hit nearly head on into the front stretch wall where there were no SAFER barriers installed. Theriault's steering wheel collided with and destroyed his helmet,[10] and he eventually suffered a compression fracture in his lower back as a result of the crash.[11][12] After missing the next four races, Theriault returned to racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway,[13] finishing 12th. In 2016, he returned to BKR at Daytona, driving the No. 2.[14]

On September 10, 2018, it was announced that Theriault returned to the Truck Series, driving the No. 30 Toyota Tundra for On Point Motorsports at Las Vegas. He finished in 8th place after avoiding multiple crashes.

On February 4, 2019, it was announced that Theriault would drive at least five races for RBR Enterprises, starting at Daytona. Other tracks will include Martinsville Speedway (two races), Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway. The team failed to qualify at Daytona in their first attempt.

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

On February 18, 2017, Theriault won his second ARCA race in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The race was shortened by five laps after a red-flag was brought out for Justin Fontaine's flip, while rain forced ARCA officials to call the race. In late August, he won at Road America after sorting through two last-lap incidents.[15] He also won the following race at DuQuoin after taking advantage of a late restart,[16] and won the three-peat at Salem driving a Jack Bowsher throwback car.[17] On September 22, 2017 Theriault won at Kentucky Speedway and mathematically clinched the ARCA Racing Series championship for 2017.[18] He won the championship on the strength of seven wins.[19]

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

On June 29, 2019, it was announced that Theriault would make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, driving the No. 52 for Rick Ware Racing.[20] After qualifying 36th, he finished 35th in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 upon retiring with a rear end issue on lap 185.[21] The following week, he stayed with RWR for the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway.[22]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref
2019 Rick Ware Racing 52 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA
35
35th* 10* [23]
Ford POC
34
GLN MCH
32
BRI DAR IND LVS
51 Chevy RCH
CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2014 JR Motorsports 5 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW
15
CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA
21
CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN
18
DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 40th 78 [24]
2016 Obaika Racing 77 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH
DNQ
120th 01 [25]
25 RCH
37
CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN
Rick Ware Racing Chevy TEX
29
Team Kapusta Racing PHO
27
HOM

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2015 Brad Keselowski Racing 29 Ford DAY
4
ATL MAR KAN
14
CLT DOV TEX
5
GTW
10
IOW
12
KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI
13
NHA
8
LVS
31
TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
12
24th 279 [26]
2016 2 DAY
27*
ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT
DNQ
TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL 53rd 21 [27]
Young's Motorsports 02 Chevy MAR
20
TEX PHO HOM
2018 On Point Motorsports 30 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS
8
TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 63rd 29 [28]
2019 RBR Enterprises 92 Ford DAY
DNQ
ATL LVS MAR
22
TEX DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO HOM -* -* [29]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2012 Go Green Racing 38 Ford BRI GRE RCH IOW BGS GRE LGY CNB COL IOW NHA
19
DOV GRE CAR 69th 25 [30]
2016 Hattori Racing Enterprises 1 Toyota NSM
24
MOB
4
GRE
14
BRI
15
VIR
3
DOM
5
STA
7
COL
2
NHA
5
IOW
2
GLN
20
GRE NJM DOV 13th 383 [31]

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2014 Venturini Motorsports 66 Toyota DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH
1
ELK WIN CHI IRP POC BLN ISF MAD DSF SLM KEN KAN 69th 240 [32]
2015 55 DAY MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH CHI WIN IOW IRP POC
4
BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN KAN 88th 210 [33]
2017 Ken Schrader Racing 52 Chevy DAY
1
TAL
4*
1st 4735 [34]
Ford NSH
4
SLM
5
TOL
6
POC
9
MCH
2
IOW
2
IRP
4
POC
8
WIN
3
ROA
1
SLM
1*
CHI
2
KEN
1*
KAN
25
Toyota ELK
1
MAD
1*
ISF
2
DSF
1

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Johnny Mehler (1 August 2015). "Fort Kent's Theriault finishes 4th in ModSpace 125". WLBZ2. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
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