Rick Ware Racing announced on Saturday, June 29, that Austin Theriault will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut with the team in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Theriault will drive the RWR’s No. 52 entry.
“We are proud to be giving deserving drivers their chance, and RWR has been fortunate to give some outstanding drivers their chance in the Cup Series over the years,” commented team owner Rick Ware. “We are just as excited to see Austin Theriault showcase his talents on this big stage.”
Bangor Savings Bank will serve as the primary sponsor on Theriault’s No. 52 car. Associate sponsorship will come from Cross Insurance, Daigle Oil Company, and EJ Prescott.
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Theriault will make his Cup Series debut at age 25. Thus far in his career, he has competed in six NASCAR Xfinity Series races and 13 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races. Of those 13 Truck Series starts, he has five top 10 finishes. Most noteworthy of his career thus far is his 2017 ARCA Menards Series championship. That year, he won seven races, and has eight ARCA wins overall.
“I’ve been working extremely hard to get the opportunity to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series,” Theriault said in a statement. “I remember sitting in the NHMS grandstands and watching my favorite driver, Mark Martin, win the last race of his Cup career in 2009. It never crossed my mind, that I would have the opportunity to make my Cup debut at a track that means so much to my family and I. The support we’ve received from New England is humbling, and I’m excited to say I’ll be debuting with the support of New England-based companies.”
The No. 52 car is a chartered entry, so Theriault is guaranteed to start the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. He will be teammates with another driver making his Cup Series debut. Earlier this week, Rick Ware Racing announced Andy Seuss will drive the No. 51 car. That, too, is a chartered entry.
Although the team has fielded the No. 53 car part-time, RWR has not announced whether they will field the No. 53 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.