(WAGM) - Austin Theriault was riding high at the end of last season when he captured the ARCA season points championship. Theriault's race at Spud Speedway next week will be first since last year and he is still trying to find that next big driving opportunity.
"We're way past the season for the most part for the NASCAR and ARCA side has started. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to be driving weekly for a championship right now. I am still trying to find the right next opportunity for myself," he said.
Theriault has been helping coach Chase Purdy who is a driver on the ARCA series. He has enjoyed his time helping out the younger driver and to be part of a team.
"With Chase and a couple of other people I worked with it's been really cool to see other people develop and get better week after week. When things come up that aren't where they need to be, it's sort of my job I guess or it's cool to see people take my perspective into account and I learn every time I go to the race track," he explained.
He is trying to absorb as much as he can this year and hopes to take all of the information and apply it to the next time he's able to be consistently behind the wheel.
"You know I've spent many years as a driver and still consider myself one. Sometimes when you take a step back or sideways and look at something from a different perspective. Not only does it sort of build your resume for later on in the future as a driver or as something else. You learn to work with people and learn to work with people who have different strengths and different weaknesses. Just like I have strengths and weaknesses," Theriault said.
Theriault has a different perspective on things this year thanks to his new role.
"A lot of times if your up in the spotters stand where you can overlook the track, you see a lot of things up there. Maybe one day when I get a chance behind the wheel again I can put some of that stuff back into effect," he said.