Michelle Theriault & Team GLOCK Racing Record Top-15 in Gateway MADISON, Illinois (September 5, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Michelle Theriault recorded a career best finish in this past Friday's Gateway ARCA 150 in an event where...
Michelle Theriault & Team GLOCK Racing Record Top-15 in Gateway
MADISON, Illinois (September 5, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Michelle Theriault recorded a career best finish in this past Friday's Gateway ARCA 150 in an event where patience and determination paid off for the driver of the No. 37 GLOCK Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.
Theriault and her Spraker Racing Enterprises team headed into the 18th race of the season looking to turn some heads. In their previous three races this season, the No. 37 team had showed extreme potential, but circumstances have kept them out of the spotlight and out of the hunt.
In the first and only practice session of the weekend, Theriault posted the 22nd fastest effort with a time of 34.809 seconds at 129.277 MPH. b^0x001cWe didn't have the opportunity to test here, so we had to get right to it in practice. The car is really good, we were just playing with the gears to see which one would suit us best. I think that we will pick up in qualifying. I have a good feeling about the race," said Theriault.
During ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying, Theriault found additional speed.
During her two-lap hustle around the 1.25-mile track, she offered a time of 34.417 seconds transferring to a speed of 130.749 MPH.
She picked up nearly four-tenths of a second during her qualifying run. "I keep getting more comfortable," the 21-year old rookie offered. "Jeff (Spraker) and the Team GLOCK racing team did an awesome job preparing the car from practice to qualifying. I'm really feeling confident about the race."
During the course of the short 120 lap event, Theriault showed strength. She quickly moved into the top-15 by lap 10 and hovered inside the spot for much of the Gateway ARCA 150.
Several close calls for Theriault would force the female sensation to stay alert and utilize the guidance of her spotter and car owner Jeff Spraker.
The team would make pit stops nearing the half-way point with Theriault moving into the top-12. Theriault would position herself into the top-10 nearing lap 80 and would hold the position for nearly twenty-five laps before slipping back in the rundown.
Despite a gallant effort to maintain her spot in the top-10, Theriault would cross the line 15th. The Connecticut native was awarded with her career best finish in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. b^0x001cWe had a really good setup, but unfortunately the tires went away by the end of the race," said Theriault.Theriault was the highest finishing female in Friday's race. "We did exactly what we needed to do, so there's no room to complain. With a little more time and a slight adjustment, I really feel like we could have regained the positions we lost."
She continued, "I'm really proud of the guys. They are pumped up with this run and it gives us some momentum heading into Chicagoland next week. I also want to thank my sponsor GLOCK for their support. It feels really good to have the run we did."