Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault said he is “real excited” about making his debut in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series Friday night.
Theriault will be driving in 13 races for Brad Keselowski Racing beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
He spent his first time in his No. 29 BKR Ford truck during Thursday’s practice sessions. Qualifying will be held on Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m., and the race will begin at 7:30 p.m.
“This will be a new chapter in my career,” said Theriault on Thursday morning.
He said he has spent “as much time as possible” in the BKR race shop in preparation for the race.
“I think we’re going to have a fast truck,” said Theriault. “I’m going to have to get comfortable in the truck and used to the drafting.”
Drafting involves cars or trucks aligning as close to the vehicle in front of them as possible to give themselves an aerodynamic advantage by reducing the drag caused by the air hitting the vehicle.
Theriault, who turned 21 last month, will share the truck with team owner and 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, Sprint Cup’s Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, the Truck Series runner-up a year ago.
There will be 23 races in the truck series this season.
Chad Kendrick is his crew chief.
Theriault raced Super Late Models for BKR before they dropped their SLM program after the 2013 season.
He made his debut in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports and ran three races, finishing 15th, 18th and 21st.
He also ran several Pro All-Stars Super Late Model races and won his first ever ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway.