Theriault: “Next Few Weeks Will Be Tough” [VIDEO]
Fort Kent's Austin Theriault hit the wall head-on in Las Vegas Saturday night in the Camping World NASCAR Truck Series and was airlifted to a local hospital. He did give a thumbs on to the crowd while leaving the track on a stretcher.
The wreck happened early in the race when his teammate with BK Racing, Tyler Reddick, came from high on the track down into Theriault's lane with some sort of issue with his #19 truck. That sent Theriault head-on into the wall. It happened to be on an area of the track without the Safer barrier which would help soften blows when a vehicle hits the wall.
Theriault finished 31st. Reports say he was alert and communicating as he left the track.
Here is the statement from Brad Keselowski Racing...
STATEMENT FROM BRAD KESELOWSKI RACING REGARDING DRIVER AUSTIN THERIAULT
STATESVILLE, N.C. (Sunday, Oct. 4) - Brad Keselowski Racing driver Austin Theriault was transported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Theriault underwent a comprehensive CT scan of the upper body, which showed a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back. Theriault was released and will travel back to North Carolina where he will follow up with an orthopedic specialist for further treatment.
No further updates are expected today.