USAR: Myrtle Beach CS: Michelle Theriault preview

Following her solid finish at Mansfield Motorsports Park on October 9, Michelle Theriault received a congratulatory phone call from Jay Lestori, CEO of LesCare Kitchens. Lestori was so impressed with the 18-year-old phenom's performance that he...

Following her solid finish at Mansfield Motorsports Park on October 9, Michelle Theriault received a congratulatory phone call from Jay Lestori, CEO of LesCare Kitchens.

Lestori was so impressed with the 18-year-old phenom's performance that he expanded LesCare Kitchens' agreement with Theriault to include the final three USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series races. LesCare Kitchens has been a partner with Theriault since the start of the championship series.

"I'm very happy to continue my relationship with LesCare and Jay Lestori," said Theriault, driver of the No. 12S LesCare Kitchens Chevrolet. "It's encouraging to have the support of such a high profile, respected organization and its many incredible employees."

LesCare Kitchens Inc. is a builder of custom and semi-custom cabinets, and is the largest privately owned cabinet manufacturer in North America. The company originally started out as a family operation 59 years ago in Waterbury, Connecticut. Today, it is still a privately owned company, headed by CEO James C. Lestorti, but it has grown considerably and now has plants in Statesville, North Carolina, Waterbury, Connecticut and Southington, Connecticut.

THERIAULT READY FOR MYRTLE BEACH CHALLENGE

Michelle Theriault loves a challenge and Saturday's Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 at Myrtle Beach Speedway offers her the biggest of the 2004 season. The 250 lap race is the third of five USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series events.

"Myrtle Beach Speedway may be the biggest challenge I have ever faced," said Theriault, the first female competitor in history to qualify for the championship series. "It's one of the most demanding short tracks in the country. Experience is the key to success in Myrtle Beach, mainly due to its abrasive racing surface which is tough to get used to."

The Bristol, Connecticut native has never competed at the 0.538 mile short track. Her experience is limited to a one-day test session held on October 18.

"I tested last week and made several long runs on old tires," said Theriault, driver of the No. 12S LesCare Kitchens Chevrolet. "From that, I learned a lot about what to expect in race conditions. Also, I found out that driver input is more important than car setup."

Despite Theriault's limited experience at Myrtle Beach Speedway, she is confident the knowledge and support she receives from her Nesbitt Racing teammate Mart Nesbitt will level the playing field.

"Having a teammate has proven to be invaluable," said Theriault. "Mart has been an incredible help to me. He provides me with a great baseline and speeds up the learning process. I can't thank him enough."

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