The State of Maine is set to receive its newest addition to the Super Late Model division starting this spring with Legend Cars ace Austin Teras moving up the totem pole. The Gray, ME native has spent the past season making waves in the Legends ranks not just in New England, but the entire nation, picking up many trophies along the way.
Teras collected championship trophies in the 2017 Young Lion Winter Nationals, 2017 Young Lion Maine State Championship and the 2017 NELCAR Legends Tour title, topping some of New England’s best Legends drivers across all classes.
After finishing the season second in the Young Lion International Championship, Teras got one final surprise this past week when he was recognized as the Northeast Motorsports Expo Touring Support Series Driver of the Year for 2017.
“It’s been really amazing. We raced all over the country from Florida to Vegas and in Maine; we won a lot of races, did really well,” Teras told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Vegas didn’t go as well as we planned, but we had some fast times. We won the Winter Nationals, we won some championships, it was so much fun. I can’t wait to start this year.”
For 2018, Teras will compete mainly at his home track Oxford Plains Speedway as he takes a bold leap to racing Super Late Models in what is arguably one of the most-stout weekly rosters in the country. While Teras is also thinking bigger about the possibility of a few attempts in the Pro All Stars Series, he isn’t giving up on Legends racing just yet.
“I can’t wait. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” he said. “We’re racing at Oxford weekly, maybe a few PASS races. But we’re also running the Legend a few times, so it’s going to be a great year.”
The main goals for Teras in 2018 will be to learn and adapt to the Super Late Model while adjusting to the competition. However, he is very much gunning for a solid points season and his first Super Late Model trophy.
“It’s going to be a big change; the horsepower to weight ratio is very different between a Legend and Super, you’ve got to save tires,” Teras stated. “It will be a big change, but I can’t wait. My goal is to pick up a trophy for the championship, whether it’d be tenth, eighth or whatever. We’ve got a great Jeff Taylor car so we might pick up a win along the way.”
The current long-term plan for Teras is to eventually race for a PASS North title and make a NASCAR K&N Pro Series run down the road. Though the possibility of taking his first crack at the Oxford 250 this August is going to be up in the air, he knows that 2018 will be a season unlike any other.
“We don’t really know yet but I’d like to run it. But it’s still going still going to be a big year, my biggest yet.”
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA, RI & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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