Fort Kent racer pulls off memorable victory — by .029 seconds

7 years ago

Fort Kent race car driver Austin Theriault made the most of his first visit to Minnesota on Saturday night. 

Theriault nosed out Christian Eckes in a thrilling last-lap duel at the Shore Lunch 250 at Elko Speedway to capture his second ARCA victory of the season.

Theriault’s margin of victory was .029 seconds.

“It was one of the more action-packed finishes I’ve ever been a part of,” said the 23-year-old Theriault on Tuesday. “It was probably the most amount of back-and-forth racing over the final laps.”

On a restart with five laps to go, the 16-year-old Eckes was the leader and was on the inside with Theriault alongside him on the outside.

The two cars swapped paint racing side-by-side until Theriault pulled the nose of his car ahead of him on the outside.

But Eckes battled back and eventually regained the lead, forcing Theriault to pull in behind him.

Theriault then went to the inside to take the lead and the duel continued.

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