Austin Theriault made the most of his ARCA Racing Series debut Friday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. The Fort Kent, Maine driver pulled away from Mason Mitchell on the final restart with 17 laps to go and cruised to the checkered flag in the ARCA Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

“This feels awesome,” Theriault exclaimed in victory lane. “Venturini Motorsports gave me a great car and I felt I could be in contention for the win.”

Austin Theriault drives to his first ARCA win. (Speed51.com photo)

Austin Theriault drives to his first ARCA win. (Speed51.com photo)

Theriault and Mitchell were the fastest two cars all day long. The two traded the lead back and forth throughout the 200-mile event. Mitchell showed he had a dominant car as he led 65 of the 100 laps, but Theriault didn’t let him get too far ahead.

After a caution for a blown motor with 22 laps to go, everyone came down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

On the restart, Theriault got a great jump on Mitchell and began to pull away while Mitchell battled with a loose car to the checkered flag.

“We had a good car all day long and just wasn’t right at the end,” Mitchell said after the race.

Justin Allison, grandson of Donnie Allison, finished third with John Wes Townley in fourth.

Townley started at the rear of the field in a backup car after crashing his primary car in qualifying.

Spencer Gallagher rounded out the top five.

With his second place finish, Mitchell is the new point leader in the ARCA Racing Series standings.

The series will head to Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota on Saturday, June 21st for a 250-lap event.

 

FIN STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN LAPS STATUS
1 2 66 Austin Theriault/Fort Kent ME 100 Running
2 1 98 Mason Mitchell/West Des Moines IA 100 Running
3 12 88 Justin Allison/Salisbury NC 100 Running
4 3 15 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA 100 Running
5 9 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV 100 Running
6 10 69 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN 100 Running
7 7 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN 100 Running
8 8 90 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL 98 Running
9 4 22 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX 98 Running
10 13 6 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL 98 Running
11 11 52 Ken Schrader/Fenton MO 98 Running
12 14 77 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ 98 Running
13 6 55 Cody Coughlin/Delaware OH 98 Running
14 15 2 Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL 94 Running
15 16 3 Ron Cox/Soddy Daisy TN 89 Running
16 19 18 Bill Catania/Westfield NY 88 Running
17 18 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI 87 Running
18 21 28 Mike Buckley/Ann Arbor MI 87 Running
19 23 10 Rick Clifton/Circleville OH 82 Running
20 24 40 David Sear/LaJolla CA 80 Running
21 5 25 Justin Boston/Baltimore MD 67 Engine
22 20 0 James Swanson/Clarksboro NJ 14 Handling
23 22 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN 12 Clutch
24 26 68 Chris Bailey/South Park PA 9 Brakes
25 17 97 Tom O’Leary IV/Cygnet OH 2 Engine
26 25 6 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN 1 Transmssn

By: Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Midwest Editor/Director of Business. @Kevin Ramsell  Top Photo: ARCA Racing photo

 

 

Theriault Drives to Michigan Victory in ARCA Debut