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Austin Theriault cleared to race in Friday’s season-ending Truck race

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 - Practice

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 25: Austin Theriault, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 25, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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Austin Theriault has been cleared by both doctors and NASCAR and will compete in Friday’s season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Theriault, 21, has been sidelined since Oct. 3 when he was involved in a crash with teammate Tyler Reddick that sent Theriault head 0n into a retaining wall at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that was not protected by SAFER Barrier.

Theriault suffered a compression fracture of his lower back and has not raced since.

The wreck was so violent that the impact snapped Theriault’s HANS head-and-neck restraint device.

Theriault drives for Brad Keselowski Racing, which confirmed in a tweet on Thursday that the young driver will be behind the wheel of the No. 29 truck on Friday.



Theriault had been impressive up to the time of his wreck, accumulating two top-five and four top-10 finishes in eight starts this season.

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