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Michelle Theriault Delivers Top-20 in Road Course Debut

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Michelle Theriault, Mohegan Sun 200

Michelle Theriault Delivers Top-20 in Road Course Debut

Chris Knight
Spraker Racing Enterprises
August 21, 2007

LAKEVILLE, Connecticut ( Tuesday, August 21, 2007 ) - - NASCAR Busch East Series rookie Michelle Theriault made her road course debut this past weekend. Theriault stayed on course and delivered a top-20 run in her inaugural debut.

Heading into the event, Theriault, the only full time NASCAR female competitor knew that the track of Lime Rock Park would be one of her biggest challenges of the 2007 season. After spending time in road course schools, even attending the Skip Barber school the week of the event, Theriault had banked on the success of those programs to steer her rookie season in the right direction.

Turning the 27th fastest lap in the first practice, Theriault knew it wasn’t the place she wanted to be but offered that the more time she spent on the track, the quicker her times would improve.

“Road course racing is tough,” offered Theriault, a native of Connecticut . “There’s a lot of pressure on these types of tracks. There is no room for error. Hopefully we’ll make some tweaks on our GLOCK, Inc. Chevrolet and be able to turn in some better laps in the second practice session.”

Indeed, the times improved for Team GLOCK Racing. in “happy hour” after she picked up two seconds from the previous practice session to mount a lap of 60.687 seconds at 90.761 MPH, placing her 27th on the rundown.

“I’m making progress,” she said. “The car is good; it’s just learning the track for me. Again, these road course races are tough. It takes a lot of focus and determination, I just need to keep giving it everything I have.”

Heading into qualifying, Theriault was looking for a spot that would put her Spraker Racing Enterprises team comfortable in the field. During her attempt, she posted a lap of 58.737 seconds at 93.774 MPH, picking up nearly two-seconds from final practice. That put her in 23rd position in the starting lineup.

“The car felt real comfortable and I probably felt the best I did all weekend long during our qualifying lap,” she offered. “I want to thank the guys and Jeff for their hard work. I hope we can have a clean race and bring home a positive finish for everyone.”

Despite starting 23rd, Theriault had a plan to race to the front. Unfortunately, her plans never materialized. Based on inexperience with a road course and a tough field, Theriault would have to race the track rather than racing her competitors.

Theriault excelled though by staying on the track, netting her a top-20 finish in her road course debut.

“It wasn’t the perfect run I was hoping for,” Theriault stated after the race. “I was hoping to mix myself with the competition, but I never could get into place. There were a lot of cautions. Again, I want to thank my team, Jeff Spraker and my sponsor GLOCK, Inc. for their support and we’ll hope to put together a top-10 performance at Mansfield Motorsports Park next weekend.”

Next up for the NBES star is a return to the short tracks with the running of a 150 lap event at Mansfield Motorsports Park this Saturday, August 25. Theriault has a previous start at the track in the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Series.

For more on Michelle Theriault, please visit MichelleTheriault.com

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NAME: Chris Knight, Spraker Racing Enterprises
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: Knight849@aol.com

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