Theriault declared winner of time-shortened ARCA Daytona opener

What goes around came around for Austin Theriault at Daytona.

Two years ago, Theriault pushed then-Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Tyler Reddick in the NASCAR Truck Series opener to earn the victory at Daytona International Speedway.

On Saturday, Dalton Sargeant’s push of Theriault sent him into the lead late in the ARCA season opener at Daytona shortly before a vicious wreck erupted on the frontstretch with five of 80 laps remaining.

The race was eventually called for “time constraints” and Theriault, who drives for Ken Schrader Racing, was declared the winner.

The win is Theriault’s second in his ARCA career in just three starts. He also won in 2014 at Michigan. Theriault, 23, plans to compete for the series championship this season.

“It was just an awesome race. The guys gave us a really good car. I think if the race ended up going back green, we still would have been fine,” Theriault said from Victory Lane. “The car was very strong.

“I thought we were going to go back green but it looks like the (SAFER) wall wasn’t ready to go back to race.”

Driver Justin Fontaine, who was involved in the wreck that produced the final red flag, had to be extracted from his car, which ended up upside down on the frontstretch.

Fontaine was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Terry Jones finished second, Shane Lee was third, Dalton Sargeant was fourth and pole-winner Tom Hessert ended up fifth.

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