Maine native sidelined for NASCAR finale

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Fort Kent, Maine, native Austin Theriault will be at Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Series finale but he won’t be on the track.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Theriault has not been cleared by doctors for the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway after suffering what he termed an “upper-body injury” in a multi-car wreck a month ago at the Talladega Superspeedway.

Theriault said he’s looking on the bright side. He said he’ll get to spend more time with Maine’s Travis Mills, who is an honorary official for the race.

Mills survived losing four limbs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan and created the Travis Mills Foundation retreat for war injured-veterans and their families. The foundation is the primary sponsor of Theriault’s car through a gift from Bangor Savings Bank.