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21-year-old Fort Kent, Maine rookie Austin Theriault has been diagnosed with a compression fracture of the lower back following his involvement in a lap 14 crash in Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The injury was revealed in a statement issued by Brad Keselowski Racing officials shortly after 3 a.m. Eastern time Sunday morning, and came after Theriault was transported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas following his extraction from the race truck.
Theriault was running just inside the top 10 and behind teammate Tyler Reddick when Reddick washed up the race track in turn three, chasing his truck down the banking off the exit of turn four in an attempt to save it. However, he collided with the right side of Theriault’s truck, sending the No. 29 Ford careening across the frontstretch and into the outside wall nearly head on just past the point where the SAFER Barrier ends at the exit of turn four.
Upon arrival at the hospital, 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.
Theriault was scheduled to compete in the final five Truck races of the season for BKR, but his status for those events is now unclear with the current diagnosis.
Race Chaser Online will continue to monitor this developing story.
Brad Keselowski Racing contributed to this news report.