Michelle Theriault Heads To New Hampshire Looking To Get Back On Track "Spraker Racing Enterprises; Rookie Driver Hoping To Return To Top-10 Status" MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (June 26, 2007) - - The NASCAR Busch East Series (NBES) has enjoyed...
Michelle Theriault Heads To New Hampshire Looking To Get Back On Track
"Spraker Racing Enterprises; Rookie Driver Hoping To Return To Top-10 Status"
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (June 26, 2007) - - The NASCAR Busch East Series (NBES) has enjoyed a two week break from competition, but for rookie Michelle Theriault, it hasn't been exactly the break she was looking for. During her breather, she spent more time reflecting and strategizing on how she can turn her dream season around than enjoying the much needed vacation.
Theriault, driver of the No. 37 GLOCK, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS heads to New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) looking to shake a string of three bad races which has seen one of the most promising teams on the circuit slip in the point standings and adorn frustration.
Theriault with her Spraker Racing Enterprises team aboard head into Friday's race knowing they can evaporate their recent misfortunes and put the team back on the map. That is exactly what they plan to do.
"It's been frustrating," said Theriault, a native of Connecticut. "We should be running in the top-10 each week, but we've had some problems. It hasn't been anyone's fault, just some rotten luck. I can't say enough about my team, Jeff Spraker Enterprises. Jeff and the guys have done a fabulous job. I know they're ready to break out of the slump and I am too. That's exactly what we are planning to do this week at New Hampshire International Speedway."
There's a good reason why Theriault and her Spraker Racing Enterprises team have a good feeling about Friday's race. The team will unload the same No. 37 GLOCK, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS that she roared to two-consecutive top-10 finishes at Greensville-Pickens and Elko Speedway.
The car returns to the circuit after being involved in an incident at Iowa Speedway last month. Theriault is confident in the car's capabilities, which gives her some much needed confidence that her third top-10 finish of the season is attainable on Friday.
"We are bringing one of my favorite pieces this week," Theriault added. "We had to put a new rear clip on it since Iowa and the car looks like we never touched it. The guys have worked hard repairing and getting this car in tip-top shape for Friday's race. I think we have all the key components to finish in the top-10."
Despite no prior success at the 1.058 mile-paved oval, Theriault isn't concerned. Knowing she has a veteran in crew chief and spotter Jeff Spraker on her side in addition to a solid test session in May, Theriault believes she has all the elements to reward her team with a good finish.
"New Hampshire isn't going to be an easy task," she admitted. "It's going to be a fierce race from the start of practice to the checkered flag, but I think we are prepared for it. Jeff is one of the best in the business and he only wants the best for me. The test went pretty well. We're hoping to come back on Thursday and unload stronger than we did here last month; that would make us all feel really good. We've been working hard to get ready for this race since then, I can't wait until Thursday."
Craig Dutton, Director of Sales for GLOCK, Inc. offered, "We're very excited about heading to New Hampshire International Speedway this week. The team has had some misfortune recently, but we're all looking forward to the new challenges and experience that the race will present. The team is excited about the race and so are we."
Entering NHIS, Theriault locks 14th in the NASCAR Busch East Series (NBES) standings. She is just a mere 77 points from the 10th position held by Jamie Hayes. She also ranks seventh in the NBES Rookie-of-the-Year standings, sitting just 21 points from the top spot.
The New England 125 (125 laps/132.25 miles) is the sixth of 14 events on the 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series schedule. Practice begins Thursday with an hour and a half (12:50pm - 2:20pm Local Time) session planned. Qualifying is set for later in the day commencing at 4:30pm Local Time. The green flag will waive on Friday, June 29 shortly after 5:10pm Local Time.