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FORT KENT, Maine – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, and Brad Keselowski Racing head to the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., for the inaugural race of the Southern Super Series on Saturday, April 6. Theriault, who hasn't finished worse than sixth in any of his last three Super Late Model races this spring, will pilot the BKR No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford Fusion in the 125-lap event on the banked .596-mile oval. After winning at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., Theriault finished second the next week at Myrtle Beach Speedway to take over the PASS South Series points lead. This will mark Theriault's first career appearance at Fairgrounds Speedway, where he will return in November for the All-American 400.
WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
NEXT RACE: April 27, Southern Super Series 125, Gresham Motorsports Park, Jefferson, Ga. (.500-mile banked oval)
DID YOU KNOW?
· Austin Theriault won the PASS South Series South Carolina Clash 150 at Dillon Motor Speedway on March 9 to become the first Brad Keselowski Racing development program driver to win a race since Landon Cling won at South Boston Speedway on June 9, 2012.
· Austin Theriault hasn't finished worse than sixth in each of the last four PASS-sanctioned Super Late Model races he's entered. Prior to the South Carolina Clash 150 win, he was victorious in a family-owned car in the PASS North Series season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway in October of 2012.
· Austin Theriault finished third in the prestigious Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in each of the last two seasons, becoming the youngest podium finisher in the 40-year history of the race in 2011.
· Austin Theriault will team with former PASS North Series driver Lonnie Sommerville this weekend at the Fairground Speedway, marking Sommerville's first start for Brad Keselowski Racing.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
AUSTIN THERIAULT, Driver of the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford Fusion, On what he knows about the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway: “I've heard a lot about it. Once again, it's a place where there's some history behind it. From what I've heard, it's a pretty fast track and it's going to be a bit different from what we've seen the last couple of races we've had on flatter tracks where tire management has been so important. It's going to be a shorter race, so there's going to be some more racing going on early in the race. Track position going to be more important early on.
“We've had some success being able to fall back early and make up ground later in the races, but that will be one of the changes we've got to make this weekend as far as how we execute the race and make decisions during it. We'll approach the weekend the same as we have been, because we know we'll be pretty decent when we unload. But we'll work on me being comfortable in the car and go from there.”
On the team's momentum after a string of strong runs heading into this weekend: “I think having confidence is important, no matter what you're doing. Having good runs like we've had always builds that confidence, and that's some of what we're dealing with right now. The more times you go to the track and run good and practice goes good and you have a good race, it's more of a confidence builder. That's more of what we're feeding on as a team right now.
“We know there's going to be things going on during the races that we can't control, and we saw some of that (last weekend with right side tire bleeder issues). But things like that can't take a lot away from how good the cars have been. Once again, this is a good opportunity for our race team.”
On having a teammate at the track again this weekend: “I think having more than one car at the race track is definitely a positive for any race team. I've been around Lonnie, and he and (crew chief Gary Crooks) have worked together in the past, so there's some chemistry there. It's good to have someone like Lonnie that Gary has worked with to base our car around. It's all about improving our two-car team and getting better. You've got both cars to look at for information.
“It's just always beneficial to have more than one car at the race track.”
Austin Theriault returns to Maine for the PASS North Series season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Sunday, April 21... Theriault will compete in his family-owned No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion in the 150-lap event. He is the most recent PASS North Series race winner, having won the 2012 season finale at Oxford last October.
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