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.