Fort Kent's Austin Theriault has been waiting a lifetime for this weekend. A chance to get behind the wheel and race in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Even better, the Cup race is at London, New Hampshire.

2017 ARCA Series Championship  Team      (L-R Ken Schrader, Austin Theriault)

Theriault won the ARCA Series championship in 2017, driving the #52 car owned by Ken Schrader. Theriault dominated the national series, winning seven races and finishing in the top-10 in 19 of the 20 races.

On Sunday, Theriault will drive the #52 Bangor Savings Bank sponsored car, owned by Rick Ware Racing Team.

Austin Theriault/Rick Ware Racing Photo

Theriault is no stranger to NHMS. He raced in Loudon in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the NASCAR Truck Series and the NASCAR K&N Series.

He becomes the first Maine driver to race in the Cup Series since Ricky Craven drove the Joe GIbbs #11 car at Talladega in 2004. Craven is now a race analyst for Fox Sports.

NOTE: Because the #52 RWR car is a NASCAR chartered car, Theriault is guaranteed a sport in the field for Sunday's 3pm Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Race...First practice session is Friday at 12:15pm and pole qualifying is 4:30pm.