Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault will return to the Xfinity Series on Saturday afternoon when he drives the No. 25 Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
He will also run the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Speedway on the following Nov. 12.
Theriault has run four previous Xfinity Series races, including three with JR Motorsports (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) in 2014. He posted finishes of 15th (Iowa Speedway), 21st (New Hampshire Motor Speedway) and 18th (Kentucky Speedway).
In September, he landed a last-minute Xfinity Series deal with Obaika Racing and wound up 37th among 40 cars at Richmond International Raceway because his car overheated. He completed just 84 of 250 laps.
“This is definitely a good opportunity,” said Theriault, who added that he is grateful to the team for giving him the chance to race. “It’s good to get track time and finish the year racing. It would be nice to get the best finish of the year for them. Texas is a cool track.”
Ware Racing has had several drivers in the No. 25 car and the best finish has been an 18th.
Theriault is hoping it could help him land a full-time ride in one of the Xfinity or Camping World Truck series for next year.
“Whenever people get a chance to see me race, it helps,” he said.
Theriault drove in the K and N Pro Series East circuit this season and posted six top-five finishes and seven top-10s while running in 11 of 14 races.
Theriault had climbed to third in the points standings with five top-fives in a six-race span but Hattori Racing Enterprises surprisingly dropped him with three races remaining.
Theriault called it a “business decision” at the time.
The 22-year-old former Fort Kent High School wrestler ran nine races last season in the Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing and posted four top-10s and two top-five finishes. He was supposed to run 13 races but an accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway sidelined him for four races with a compression fracture in his lower back.
He finished fifth in the WinStar World Casino 400 Truck series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Spraker has been a crew chief for 24 Xfinity Series races between 2005-16, 16 Truck races, 36 K and N Pro Series East features and one Sprint Cup event.