Michelle Theriault knows how it feels to live a dream. Each time she straps into a 3300 lb. stock car, she is living hers. Theriault's goal is to become a NASCAR champion and the 24-year-old has lived each day of her life in pursuit of it.
As a young girl, Theriault and her father, David, watched friends race Quarter Midgets at local race tracks in Connecticut. When she was five, she saw a race car for sale and asked to sit in it. The moment she hopped in, the race car driver from within emerged. She turned to her Dad and said, "I want this."
Theriault proved to be a natural. Seven years competing in Quarter Midgets delivered her more than 200 wins in 13 states. Five times she was a runner up in the Quarter Midgets of America National Championship.
In 1999, her family relocated to Georgia to further nurture her budding career. She graduated from Quarter Midgets to Legends Cars and once again proved her ability. She won Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thunder Racing Legends Championship and earned the distinction of becoming the first female Legends Car Champion. She backed up her success with two more championships and more than 20 wins.
After three years of Legends Car success, Theriault moved up to the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, Pro-Late Model Division at Lanier National Speedway. Before she made the jump, she attended Finish Line Racing School, one of America's best short track racing schools, to get a professional opinion on her skill and talent. She received an outstanding review.
In 2003, Theriault completed a full season in Late Model competition. She finished 20 of 20 events, sixth in the series point championship and runner-up in the Rookie of the Year battle. She also competed in two NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, Super Late Model Division races.
Theriault began competing in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series the following year. Her consistent growth in the series earned her many accolades and records. In 2004, she became the first female competitor to qualify for the season-ending National Championship. She backed that up by qualifying again in 2005 and 2006.
During the 2004 season, Theriault accepted an invitation from Ford Racing to participate in its Driver Development program. The comprehensive program evaluated and nurtured driver skills both on and off track.
Theriault added another dimension to her career when she was approached by the producers of a reality-based TV series. After the meeting, she was immediately added to the cast. The Drive, which aired on Country Music Television (CMT) in 2004, was a series focusing on seven race car drivers, their daily lives and the rigors of stock car racing.
In 2005, Theriault expanded her racing resume when she made one start in the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon.
The 2006 season proved to be pivotal, marking the first full season with a corporate partner. Smyrna, Ga.-based GLOCK joined Theriault and allowed her to worry less about funding her racing career and focus more attention to on-track performance. She didn't disappoint, recording the best start and finish by a female competitor in the ProCup Series. She also bettered several of her personal records.
Theriault rose another rung on her career ladder in 2007. She competed full-time in the NASCAR Busch East Series and in select events in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Theriault turned many heads across the country as she proved to the racing world that she is a true contender.
In 2008, Michelle made here debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Kansas Speedway. She also ran several NASCAR Whelen All Ameircan Races, including sitting on the pole at Greenville Pickens Speedway, making her the first female to do so.
Theriault returned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2009 and competiting in four races under the DGM Racing banner, driving the #72 Chevrolet.
The 2010 season saw Theriault back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for four races with ProGold Lubricants and VPPartswarehouse as sponsors of her #48 Chevrolet prepared by Andy Hillenburg and Fast Track Racing.
Michelle Theriault still dreams of becoming a NASCAR champion and she knows one day that dream will become reality.