SCARBOROUGH — Austin Theriault of Fort Kent earned his first American Canadian Tour win, in a rain- shortened race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Theriault battled with Farmington’s Jeff Taylor, who won the ACT race at Beech Ridge last season, for most of the race, and took the lead just before the fourth and final caution flag on lap 112.

Dave Farrington of Jay took third place.

Starting in the pole position, Taylor had the early lead. Rain started around the lap 20 mark, and Theriault took the lead on lap 26. Theriault, 18, broke out to a straightway lead until the first caution flag, at lap 69.

After just missing two spinning cars and the wall off turn four, Theriault regained the lead for the restart. Theriault and Taylor traded the lead over the next two cautions, at laps 82 and 108.

Theriault took the lead for good on lap 108. Four laps later, rain ended the race at lap 112, making Theriault the third different first time ACT winner this season. All 29 starters were on the track for the finish.

With the win, Theriault qualified for the fourth annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 22. Brian Hoar, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Nick Sweet, Ben Ashline, Karl Allard, Jean-Francois Dery, Patrick Laperle, Donald Theetge, and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., the winner of this year’s TD Bank 250, are also qualified.

 

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