By WAGM (Presque Isle, ME)
Austin Theriault is about halfway through the ARCA series season, and in nine races he has three victories and in all of the rest he has finished inside the top 10. The ARCA Series has 20 races and Theriault says he's very happy with how things have been going up to the half-way point.
"It definitely has been an amazing season so far. To be able to look at your stats and say you've been able to win 33% of the time is pretty amazing and it's a testament to our consistency," he said.
Theriault says the season opening win at Daytona gave the whole team a big boost of confidence. He added that sometimes it can take 6 months to get adjusted to a new crew, but getting that opening win sped up that process.
"A lot of the guys are well experienced and have a lot of experience in the ARCA series. Donnie Richeson the crew chief has been there for 14-15 years and then we have a mix of younger kids about my age, maybe a little bit younger that are trying to work their way up as mechanics. So it's a good mix of people on our time," Theriault explained.
The Fort Kent native says part of his success comes from being able to work with the same team all season long.
"It's been good to get the constant races. The constant having to work through challenges that we have. And at the same time being able to take the successes that we have and just ride them out," he added.
Theriault's next race is in Iowa, a track that he's looking forward to competing.
"It's a mix between a short track and an intermediate track. It's a little bit less than a mile and it always puts on very good racing. I always enjoy racing out in Iowa," Theriault said.
That race won't be until next week, which gives the team a much needed break before the final 11 races.
"Well we've been racing the last four weeks and basically have been through four states and if you count travel obviously more than that. So our schedule has been busy and everyone is not worn down, but it's about time that we get a little bit of a break so we have a weekend off to recoup and recharge the batteries," he explained.