By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
For the first time since winning the 2017 ARCA Racing Series Championship, Austin Theriault returns to National Series competition with On Point Motorsports. The 24-year-old driver will drive the No. 30 Toyota Tundra for a team that debuted at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season.
After winning the ARCA Racing Series Championship with Ken Schrader Racing, lack of sponsorship sidelined Theriault. Since then, he has been working as a spotter, driver coach, and competing in Late Model competition.
The Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will mark the first time that Theriault will return to the 1.5-mile track since a back-breaking accident in 2015. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Fort Kent, ME native has just five starts on 1.5-mile tracks with a best finish of fifth at Texas Motor Speedway.
“This opportunity to work with everyone at On Point Motorsports to help them build this new truck program from the ground up is both exciting and challenging,” said Theriault. “We have what we need to be successful and I know all of us are committed to giving it our best effort. I have history at Las Vegas and though the outcome was not the best moment of my career, my added experiences at 1.5-mile tracks since then will come in handy as we look to tackle the track.”
On Point Motorsports debuted with Scott Lagasse, Jr. at Bristol Motor Speedway, qualifying an impressive 22nd. The Steven Lane-owned team’s promising debut was cut short after an accident on lap 24.
“We are excited to have Austin drive our No. 30 Toyota Tundra in Las Vegas,” stated Lane. “He has fit in very well with our group of guys and spent a good amount of time at the shop helping out. There has been a tremendous amount of work put forth here in the last few months in building On Point Motorsports and we look forward to our second race at Las Vegas.”
Theriault has 11 total starts in the Truck Series with a career-best finish of fourth at Daytona International Speedway. In those 11 starts, he has two top-five and four Top-10 finishes, all with Brad Keselowski Racing. Theriault’s most recent start came with Young’s Motorsports at Martinsville Speedway in 2016.
“It has been 2016 since I have been behind the wheel of a truck,” added Austin. “I am especially looking forward to the Las Vegas race and changing that stat. I want to thank On Point Motorsports for this opportunity and Cross Insurance for their continued support of my racing career.”