A Dominating Season Pays Dividends for Austin Theriault
Although the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway doesn’t take the green flag until October 20, Austin Theriault has already earned several awards. In addition, the ARCA series championship is well within his grasp with a 400-point lead over second place, Dalton Sargeant.
Austin Theriault and his Ken Schrader Racing team kicked off the season back in February with a big win at Daytona and hasn’t looked back since. Two words can be used to describe their season – consistency and patience. With that, Austin and company have earned seven wins going into the finale and have finished within the Top 10 in all 19 races. That’s the type of season every team hopes for but few achieve it.
At Kansas, the cherry will get placed on top of the 2017 season championship sundae. However, there are a few other titles within the overall season championship that Austin and KSR have already officially wrapped up.
One of those is the Bill France 4 Crown title. It puts the spotlight on one of the elements that makes the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards so unique and that’s the variety of tracks and surfaces the series visits. The Bill France 4 Crown title rewards the driver who can conquer the short track (Nashville), the superspeedway (Pocono), the dirt (Springfield) and even a road course (Road America). Austin and his team did just that. They even won at Road America in late August by being patient and capitalizing on the mistakes of drivers in front of them.
Austin locked up the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge title after winning at Salem in early September. He won a total of four short track events and earned an average finish of 2.7 on tracks one-mile and shorter. There’s that consistency again for a cool $10,500 to be awarded at the banquet.
The most recent victory for Austin came on the mile and a half Kentucky Speedway on September 22. The exciting green, white, checkered finish propelled Austin to a 245-point lead over 18-year old rookie, Riley Herbst in the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge. With such a lead, a third title was secured before the season finale at Kansas.
If the first 19 races have shown us anything about Austin and the KSR team, we should expect them to be a factor in the season finale at Kansas and we’ll for sure see them walk across the stage at the 2017 ARCA Awards Banquet…a lot!!SHARE THIS