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October 20, 2017 Theriault takes ARCA Championship

By Don Radebaugh, ARCA Racing Series

Austin Theriault clinched the ARCA Racing Series national championship in Ken Schrader's No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Ford, despite finishing 25th after he cut a right-front tire and made contact with the outside safer barrier off turn two.

"We overcame a lot of challenges this year," said Theriault. "We had a tremendous year…the support from back home, the crew…the all-nighters. I couldn't be more proud of the effort from everyone who shared in this championship."

While Theriault took home the biggest prize, Riley Herbst, who finished ninth, wrapped up the 2017 SCOTT Rookie of the Year title.

"We didn't win but we got the end result we came for…pretty good payday all the way around," said Herbst. "Thanks to all my Joe Gibbs Racing guys and all their hard work, and thanks to SCOTT for the Rookie of the Year. We're coming back next year to go after the championship."

The next activity for the ARCA Racing Series will be a two-day composite body open test at Talladega Superspeedway Nov. 7-8. The 65th annual national championship awards banquet follows in Indianapolis Dec. 9.c

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