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Sommerville to Open Season in Nashville for Brad Keselowski Racing

Austin Theriault and Lonnie Sommerville will have traveled a combined 3,000 miles from their respective hometowns when they arrive at Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville first-ever Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event on April 6. Those miles logged en route to the historic track will all pay off in one turn if things go their way – the turn into Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville’s victory lane.

Theriault, of Fort Kent, Maine, and Sommerville, from St. John New Brunswick in Canada will be teammates in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski’s Super Late Models for the first-ever Southern Super Series race. Both drivers are looking to add their name in the record books as the first-ever Southern Super Series race winner.

“That place just oozes history,” said Theriault of Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. “It is known all across the country. Darrell Waltrip got his start there and it will be awesome to race there. I hear it is a fun track to drive and hope we figure it out and can be competitive.”

Theriault’s No. 29 Brad Keselowski Checkered Flag Foundation Super Late Model recently won a PASS South event in South Carolina. The multiple-time winner in New England Late Model series will make the trip to Nashville to battle with some of the most successful short trackers in the country. Early entries for the April 6 season opener already has a host of Snowball Derby and All-American 400 winners, plus other big-time players from throughout the short track scene.

“It does have a Snowball feel to in a sense,” said Theriault. “We have been down to Pensacola (Five Flags Speedway) a couple of times and just making the race is a win in itself. There will be some awesome guys that run the South all the time, and it will be a great field and great race.”

Austin Theriault

Austin Theriault and his BKR team have already been to Victory Lane once this season in PASS South competition at Dillon, SC. (Chris Owens/Race22.com/PASS South Photo)

Like Theriault, Sommerville has never seen Fairgrounds Speedway before. Sommerville will be working closely with his BKR teammate and their crew chief Gary Crooks to build foundation for success in the April 6 event.

“Austin has been racing in the South down there for a while,” said Sommerville. “They have a really good thing going and it will be great to work with them. We can throw things off one another, and I’m sure at times there will be things he teaches me about. Our big picture is to run the All-American 400 in the Fall, so this is a bit of a test session for us.”

“Lonnie has been racing for a while now,” said Theriault. “He has so much experience and knows what to expect about racing in general. It will be great to be able to discuss things with him and bounce ideas off one another.”

At 19, Theriault has hooked up with Brad Keselowski Racing with an eye towards climbing the ladder in the racing world. Sommerville, at 38, will head to Nashville for a very different reason.

“I’m doing these races now mostly to cross them off the bucket list,” said Sommerville. “Getting to run races at places like Nashville, Gresham and Pensacola is what it is all about to me these days. Running with the premier Late Model drivers in the world is a really neat thing to say you did.”

Although the drivers have different long-term goals in mind, they both were humbled at the thought of taking home a trophy from Nashville.

“For me to go down there and win would just be incredible,” said Sommerville. “A lot of these guys, like Austin and Kyle Benjamin and others, are a different stage of their careers and are trying to move on to bigger things. To win, and beat them, would be an awesome night.”

“A win at Nashville would be huge,” said Theriault. “I’ve have some good runs at the Oxford 250 in the past, but to win at Nashville puts you right up there with the legends in this sport. It would be simply amazing”

Entry forms and further information for the April 6 season-opener at Nashville and others on the 16-race inaugural Southern Super Series schedule can be found on www.southernsuperseries.com.

The inaugural Southern Super Series schedule consists of 16 races at five tracks in four states. In addition to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, the series will make multiple stops at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia, Mobile International Speedway in Kinston, Alabama and Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama. The Southern Super Series is also home to two of the most prestigious short track events in the country, the All-American 400 at Nashville and the World Crown 300 at Gresham.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, its website, SouthernSuperSeries.com, will continue its development with a full launch in the coming days.  The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries.  For advertising or sponsorship questions, we invite you to contact the track representatives.  For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

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