The PASS 400 weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway proved to be a battle for Austin Theriault and the No. 57 Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep AT Racing team.
After pulling a number deep in the field for qualifying Theriault qualfied into the Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300 during a consolation race grabbing the 20th starting position. After his qualifying races Theriault knew that there were a few changes that could help the car for the next day's feature and the team set to "dialing in" the No. 57.
The team made steady progress during Sunday's practices and knew they had a strong car heading into the feature. Theriault had his work cut out for him but made quick work of the cars in front him with sucessful lane selection and patience. By lap 100 Theriault cracked the top-5 and didn't look back.
The AT Racing crew had a great pit stop on lap 141 taking four tires, gas, and a slight chassis adjustment to help loosen up the car. When the green flag dropped Theriault began to drive his way into the top-3.
Theriault took the lead on laps 202 and 221 but with the top-3 cars running close together and driving through lapped traffic Theriault spent most of the final 100 laps in 2nd place. Contact with DJ Shaw while running 1st and 2nd on lap 273 allowed, eventual race winner, Derek Ramstrom to pass both Shaw and Theriault who ended up with a left front tire rub.
With the steering unhurt Theriault told the team, "I'm going to give it all I've got." For the final 25 laps the top-3 battled nose-to-tail bunching up and stretching out while navigating lapped traffic and racing hard with one another. Despite making a few good runs Theriault would have to settle for 3rd behind Ramstrom and Shaw.
The AT Racing team would like to thank Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep for their continued support, and a special thank you goes out to all of the AT Racing fans who came to watch the race. The AT Racing crew worked hard all weekend to dial in the car and have a solid pit stop to get the No. 57 another podium finish for the 2014 season. Great job everyone!