WATERBURY, Vt. — After competing in one of the closest rookie of the year battles in American-Canadian Tour history, Brad Babb and Austin Theriault are ready to embark on their sophomore campaigns.
The two finished just three points apart in the rookie standings, with Babb coming out on top to claim the 2010 ACT Rookie of the Year Award. With the help of his crew chief and father Bobby Babb, a former ACT competitor, he also finished sixth in the 2010 ACT standings.
Babb is in his senior year of high school, but has made time to work for his father’s logging company, snowmobile and prepare the car over the winter months. The 18 year old has now seen nearly every track on the ACT schedule and credits the 2010 season for teaching him how to adapt to new tracks.
“We’d really like to finish in the top five in the standings and win a couple races, but we’ll see how everything goes before we set too high of goals,” said Babb. “I’m really looking forward to going back to White Mountain (Motorsports Park). We were going pretty good there before we broke (in 2010).”
Theriault joined forces with Rick Paya Motorsports during the off-season. RPM has won the American-Canadian Tour championship the past two seasons with Brian Hoar, whom Theirault will be a teammate to in 2011.
Theriault had a successful rookie season in 2010, earning his first top five with a second-place finish at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. He also finished seventh in the standings.
The 17-year-old high school student took a break from his varsity wrestling schedule this winter to join his new team at the 2011 Goodyear Speedweeks Cup at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He started his sophomore season early with a respectable 13th-place finish in the Cup standings with an 11th and 16th place effort in the two 100-lap events.
“I’m really looking forward to this year. I’m still just grateful to be driving an RPM car,” Theriault said. “We’re still working on the team chemistry with a brand new car.”
The first points paying event on the American-Canadian Tour schedule will take place April 17 at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway.