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THERIAULT TAKES MOMENTUM FROM NASCAR DEBUT INTO PRO CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2005) - Michelle Theriault's NASCAR debut proved to be a success as the 19-year-old drove the No. 77 NutriSystem Ford to a 15th place finish...

THERIAULT TAKES MOMENTUM FROM NASCAR DEBUT INTO PRO CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2005) - Michelle Theriault's NASCAR debut proved to be a success as the 19-year-old drove the No. 77 NutriSystem Ford to a 15th place finish in Saturday's NAPA 200. The NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series race was held at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore.

The experience boosted Theriault's confidence as she heads into the championship rounds of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. For the second consecutive year, she has qualified for the season ending rounds, the only female to ever do so. The first of five championship events is at Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 24.

"My goals for the weekend were to race smart and to finish," said Theriault. "Thanks to Team NutriSystem, I had a car that allowed me to reach both goals. Of course I would have liked to finish better, but considering that I had very little time in the car and this was my first NASCAR race, I'm very satisfied.

"This whole experience was a step in the right direction for me. My goal is to compete full-time in NASCAR and this was an outstanding start. NutriSystem and Performance Motorsports gave me the chance of a lifetime. I hope our relationship will continue to grow."

Theriault's future NASCAR plans are currently undecided.

"I would love to compete in more NASCAR races," continued Theriault. "Everyone I met - NASCAR officials, drivers, team owners - all made me feel welcome. If I find the right opportunity I will absolutely race again in NASCAR."

Brimming with confidence, Theriault's next stop is Jennerstown Speedway, one of her favorite tracks.

"Last weekend's race was a great warm up for the Pro Cup championship rounds," said Theriault. "Jennerstown is a track I like a lot. It feels really nice heading to a place where I am comfortable, especially after having a good showing in my NASCAR debut."

In the Pro Cup Series, Theriault drives the No. 86 Titan Industries Ford, prepared by HWK Racing. The Travelers Rest, S.C., based team also fields entries for Toby Porter, Matt Carter and Randy Hawkins.

"HWK Racing is one of the strongest teams in Pro Cup," said Theriault. "Bobby Hawkins believes I can get the job done and I'm going to prove him right."

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