Known for his short track racing skills, Austin Theriault (@austintheriault) has been named driver of the No. 02 Young’s Building Systems / Randco. Chevrolet Silverado for Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
The Fort Kent, Maine native will make his first laps around the 0.526-mile paperclip this weekend, but will do so with the expertise of Young’s Motorsports general manager and driver Tyler Young. The Midland, Texas native has four straight top-20 finishes at the historic short track, including back-to-back 13th place finishes last October and this past April.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to get back in a truck and driver for Young’s Motorsports this weekend,” said Theriault. “I’ve never been to Martinsville, but I’ve seen a lot of races from there. I know that Tyler (Young) and his team are confident that we have a good run on Saturday afternoon.”
Theriault is poised to make his 11th career NCWTS start and second of the year. The 22-year-old participated in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway driving for Brad Keselowski Racing before accepting some racing opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Returning to trucks, Theriault is looking for his third top-five and fifth top-10 of his aspiring career.
“The trucks are a lot of fun, especially at Martinsville,” added Theriault. “Short track racing is where the Truck Series got their start. Saturday’s race should be filled with some excitement and surprises and I hope we can get our No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet up in the mix.”
Although hard to step aside for this weekend’s race, Young says he believes in Theriault’s capabilities and knows he will give it his all for 200 laps around the iconic oval.
“I love Martinsville, but I’m glad to help out Austin and give him a chance to race our stuff,” he said. “I’ll be back in a truck next weekend at Texas and look forward to hopefully getting another top-10 as the end of the season gets closer and closer.”
The Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions (200 Laps / 105.2 Miles) is the 20th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on the 2016 schedule. Practice begins Fri., Oct. 28 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. while a final session has been etched in from 2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Qualifying will take place on race day, Sat., Oct. 29 at 10:15 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag a few hours lately shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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