June 18, 2018
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Fort Kent driver Austin Theriault is a finalist in Maine Young Guns competition

Peter Barber | BDN
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Austin Theriault
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault is one of three finalists in the Maine Young Guns competition (ages 15-21) which will earn the winner a ride in the K and N Pro Series East race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Sept 22.

The others are Bradley Babb of Windham and Joey Doiron of Berwick.

They were chosen from a pool of 10 semifinalists.

That was the word from Mainely Motorsports TV show host Stephen Perry, who was at Hermon’s Speedway 95 for the second annual Ikey Dorr Memorial Street Stock race on Thursday night.

The three drivers will be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend where they will work with the Go Green Racing team for the Nationwide Series race on Saturday.

Matt Frahm and Josh Richards will be driving for Go Green Racing, which is owned by Archie St. Hilarie of Old Orchard Beach.

A committee comprised of St. Hilaire, Perry, Racin’ Paper owner Marco Thomas, former Sprint Cup driver and current ESPN Sprint Cup analyst Ricky Craven of Newburgh, Hattori Racing competition director Andy Santerre of Cherryfield and two-time K and N Pro Series East champion Brad Leighton will select the winner next month.

Theriault is fourth in points in the American Canadian Tour and is the only driver with top-10 finishes in all five races so far. He also has four top-10s in six races for Brad Keselowski Racing in Super Late Models.

Doiron is racing in the Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model North division and was fourth in points before finishing eighth in Thursday’s race at Thompson International Speedway while Babb is leading the points in Beech Ridge Motor Speedway’s Pro Stock division.

The winner will get to run test sessions in his Go Green Racing K and N Pro Series East car before the race in Loudon in September.

Perry also said two of the other 10 semifinalists received special awards.

Evan Beaulieu of Durham, a regular in the NELCAR Legends series, earned an achievement award and will get to drive a Pro Stock car for one race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Cornville’s Shelby Kimball, who is running second in points in the Strictly Street division at Speedway 95, won the sportsmanship award and a $300 gift certificate to HMS Motorsport, which supplies safety equipment to stock car drivers.

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