JR Motorsports Adds A Young Driver

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Austin Theriault has signed to drive three races for JR Motorsports in the No. 5 car, shown at Darlington with Kevin Harvick. (Photo: Getty Images)

Twenty-year-old Austin Theriault has signed to drive three NASCAR Nationwide races for JR Motorsports, the team announced Tuesday.

Theriault, who drove the past two seasons for Brad Keselowski’s Super Late Model team, will make his Nationwide debut with JR Motorsports May 18 at Iowa Speedway. His other Nationwide races will be at New Hampshire (July 12) and Kentucky (Sept. 20). He’ll drive the No. 5 car for the team.

His sponsor at Iowa will be SPY, the eyewear brand behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Signature 88 Collection.

Theriault joins a team that includes 18-year-old Chase Elliott, who has won the past two Nationwide races and leads the points, holding a 13-point advantage on teammate Regan Smith.

“Our company is known for putting young talent in cars and giving them a shot on one of NASCAR’s biggest stages, and that is what we are giving Austin with this three-race opportunity,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “This keeps our No. 5 car on the track, and it gives Austin the chance to show what he’s got with a lot more eyeballs taking notice.”

Theriault was the 2012 Maine Vintage Race Car Association’s Driver of the Year, and he made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut after winning “Maine Young Guns” inaugural competition in 2012. It was that same year he became a part-time developmental driver for Keselowski’s team.

Theriault’s Super Late Model success in 2013 included three Pro All Star Series (PASS) wins. His victories came in the Rumble in the Pines at Southern National Motorsports Park, the South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway, and the PASS 400 Championship Race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. His win in the South Carolina Clash came by way of a last-lap pass that resulted in the closest finish in PASS South history. Theriault finished the season with three wins and eight top-10s in 25 races.

“I am excited to be continuing my professional development with JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series,” Theriault said. “I have been working hard for this opportunity, and to be associated with JR Motorsports and SPY is a dream come true.”

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