USAR: Michelle Theriault to compete in Championship Series

Michelle Theriault To Drive In Championship Series Thanks to some friends and the hunger for racing, brings Michelle Theriault back to the Hooters ProCup scene. Theriault from Alpharetta Ga. will race in the Hooters ProCup Championship run...

Michelle Theriault To Drive In Championship Series

Thanks to some friends and the hunger for racing, brings Michelle Theriault back to the Hooters ProCup scene.

Theriault from Alpharetta Ga. will race in the Hooters ProCup Championship run starting at Jennerstown Pa. next week.

Theriault will be driving a Chevrolet provided from the Mart Nesbitt team out of Asheville NC for the Championship run.

The two teams tested on Monday at Jennerstown and plan on practicing at Mansfield on Wednesday afternoon along with Shane Huffman another star from the series, southern division. Also on hand for the Monday practice session was northern driver Eric Corbett of Hagerstown Md.

"I was surprised by the runs she made in her first time out in our car" said a smiling Martin Nesbitt, owner of the team.

"A little more seat time and more practice and I think she will be okay"

Theriault started out the season driving for legendary car owner Steve Husketh and Premiere Motorsports for the seasons first six events. Her best finish was a 17th place finish at Ace Speedway where she had tested before the season actually started.

"She had another driver (Kertus Davis) set the car up and actually practice the car" said Nesbitt.

"I don't know if this helped her or not but were giving her the best opportunity that we can in making decisions on how to set the feel of the car. Ace could only help when she went out and now she gets a chance to Mansfield after a day off. It will give us a chance to set the car up to what she wants."

The Nesbitt team has a knack for providing a car for others needing a ride. They have already provided a car for Joe Gaita and Roger Blackstock this season. They have a talent in working with other drivers and teams. They have helped Jimmy Nowell and Todd Peck already this season.

In the six events that Theriault ran earlier this season before leaving the Husketh ride, she only fell out of two events. One for mechanical and the other a hard crash at Concord Motorsports Park that would sideline her a several events.

Theriault has a keen interest in proving that she can drive a race car despite receiving lots of criticism this season and feels that she hasn't been given a chance to prove herself.

Hopefully the Championship series will prove the critics wrong. She has been longed criticized since being on the hit TV show "The Drive" earlier this year. She now has a chance to prove those critics wrong starting at Jennerstown. She has the heart and desire to accomplish that.

Theriault is the second woman to drive in the ProCup Series. Karen Shultz of Statesville, NC was the first and stayed around for two seasons until sponsorship stopped that ride. Theriault wants to best that record.

Theriault hopes to announce a sponsor by the Jennerstown race.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Kertus Davis , Shane Huffman , Michelle Theriault , Todd Peck