Austin Theriault had one hell of a year in 2017.

He won seven races and the ARCA points championship for Ken Schrader Racing, and he seemed to be on the way. But a problems plaguing so many drivers today hit Theriault hard — he doesn’t have a sponsor for 2018, and so far, the driver who has experience in the truck and Xfinity series hasn’t found a ride.

“The business end can be a hurdle,” Theriault said in an extended interview with WAGM-TV. It is also a unique opportunity and when that pays off that can mean a full time season for you as a driver and maybe multiple seasons. For me looking at 2018 I feel I am on the cusp of something and just waiting for a sponsor to sit down with us and discuss opportunities of putting together a marketing plan for them for 2018. That is what is holding us back right now, but other than that there are huge opportunities in front of me from a racing standpoint. It is the business part that struggles.”

As he continues to try to find the money for a ride, he picked up some words of encouragement from NASCAR legend Mark Martin. Theriault tweeted that he’s not giving up …

… Martin responded.

Sage advice, of course. Someone with Theriault’s talent and track record should not give up.

A NASCAR legend offers encouragement to a championship driver still looking for a ride ARCA via Twitter
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