ES: South Boston: Michelle Theriault preview

Theriault Returns To Battle; Readies South Boston With Top-10 Goal Complete; Top-Five Finish Next On The Agenda MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (May 29, 2007) - - NASCAR Busch East Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Michelle Theriault has enjoyed a...

Theriault Returns To Battle; Readies South Boston With Top-10 Goal Complete; Top-Five Finish Next On The Agenda

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (May 29, 2007) - - NASCAR Busch East Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Michelle Theriault has enjoyed a breather from competition, but just as quickly as she's settled now, it's time to go back to work with the '07 NBES season continuing this weekend at South Boston Speedway.

Theriault, aboard Jeff Spraker's No. 37 GLOCK, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS heads to the tough and demanding short track looking to capture her third top-10 finish of the season in four starts.

Two weekends ago, Theriault collected a top-10 finish at Elko Speedway before moving on to Rusty Wallace engineered Iowa Speedway where she notched a less than spectacular 26th place performance. Looking back on Iowa, the only full-time female NASCAR driver looks to bounce back from the disappointing run and award her team with the performance they expect.

"Iowa was a wake up call," said Theriault. "We qualified for the race, but our finish is definitely not what this team is capable of. The good thing is that I learned a lot. I am surrounded by a great team and a great sponsor. They know we're going to have some flaws in our rookie season, but I personally want to keep those to a minimal."

Theriault showed her focus and determination by bowing out of an ARCA test at Michigan International Speedway scheduled for Tuesday, May 29 and instead grouping together her Spraker Racing Enterprises team and heading north this past Friday to test at South Boston Speedway in preparation for the June 2 event.

"The test went well," the Connecticut native said. "We worked all day on different setups trying to prepare us for the race. It's crucial for us to run well at South Boston and we're taking every advantage we can to make that a reality."

Heading into the fourth NBES event of the season, Theriault sits seventh in the championship points just 77 markers behind leader Joey Lagano. 16 points keep the developmental driver from tacking the top-five.

She locks fourth in the NBES Rookie-of-the-Year standings just a mere six credits from leader Rogelio Lopez. Even though that margin is slim, the former United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) veteran knows that championship will come down to the wire.

"The Rookie-of-the-Year is probably going to be harder than the championship itself. Every position and point is going to count. If we can't take the championship, we're definitely going after Rookie-of-the-Year for sure."

Her goal for this weekend? Simple.

"We want to return to top-10 status. A good run on Saturday night will not only help us on paper, but has the potential to propel us in the standings and that's what we are after. Wegner Automotive gives us great motors, Jeff Spraker and my team give me awesome race cars to drive and my sponsor GLOCK, Inc. is a driver's dream. We have all the ingredients to run well, we just need to make it happen."

-credit: MichelleTheriault.com

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Jeff Spraker , Rogelio Lopez , Michelle Theriault