When Fort Kent's Austin Theriault races in Kentucky for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Motorsports next Saturday, he'll be taking a piece of Maine with him.Theriault unveiled his car that he'll race in the nationally televised Nationwide Series event which is sponsored entirely by Maine companies and the State of Maine. The car is decorated with iconic Maine images such as a moose, lobster, lighthouse, and the phrase Maine, Open for Business. It costs approximately $200,000 to run the race, of which $15,000 is coming from Govenor LePage's discretionary fund, and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is contributing $35,000. The goal is to promote the state and attract businesses to set up shop in Maine. The rest of the funding comes entirely from Maine based businesses.

This will be the final race for Theriault as part of a three-race deal he sgned with Dale Earnhardt Motorsports.  He finished 15th in Iowa, and 21st in New Hampshire after running out of gas on the final lap.

Not only will Theriault represent Maine in the race, but Newburgh native Ricky Craven will be part of the ESPN broadcast team calling the race.

Austin Theriault's Maine sponsored car that will race in Kentucky

 

The "Maine" car features iconic images of the state such as moose, blueberries, lobster, and lighthouses.

 

Theriault talks with fans at the unveiling of the car

 

Fans will not have to guess where Theriault comes from

 

Theriault signs autographs for fans