Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned Nationwide Series car lands new sponsor

Austin Theriault made his Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway on May 18, finishing 15th.

JR Motorsports announced Tuesday that BetBomb.com, a free wagering site where players can bet on their favorite sports teams without risking money, will be the primary sponsor on Austin Theriault’s No. 5 Chevrolet in the July 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Theriault, a native of Fort Kent, Maine, will make his second career Nationwide start at NHMS that weekend. He made his series debut at Iowa Speedway on May 18, finishing 15th. Theriault won the ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway on June 13 in his first career series start.

"I’m looking forward to getting back in the Nationwide Series car for JR Motorsports," said the 20-year-old driver, who has made a name in Late Models and became the 2012 Maine Vintage Race Car Association Driver of the Year. "It’s a privilege to carry BetBomb.com on board the No. 5. I appreciate them stepping up, because I think it’s going to be a special weekend in New Hampshire. It’s a track I’m quite familiar with, and now that I’ve had a little bit of seat time in the car, I feel extremely confident that we can compete for a win."

BetBomb.com allows players to bet against real spreads, lines and totals for all major sports. It is not a gambling website but a free wagering site built to provide sports fans a platform to pick games, track statistics, compete in tournaments and win prizes without risking money.

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"We offer free social sports tournaments where users can win cash prizes playing with virtual points in all major professional sports and leagues," said BetBomb.com CEO Patrick Gray. "We are excited to sponsor the No. 5 JRM car to promote our free social sports tournaments and games to the NASCAR audience at New Hampshire Motor Speedway race weekend. We are not only betting on the success of our patent-pending tournaments, but we are betting on Austin taking the checkered flag race day."

Theriault’s Nationwide debut at Iowa was an impressive one, as the youngster raced into the top 10 after starting 17th, and challenged for a top-10 finishing position on the final restart. Prior to the green flag, his only seat time in the car was that weekend’s practice sessions.

"After watching Austin’s performance in Iowa, we felt he is a driver destined for big things," said Gray. "Austin and BetBomb.com are tied into social media, and Austin represents a significant cross section of our younger demographic."

The New Hampshire race is the second of three races Theriault is scheduled to run in the No. 5 JR Motorsports car. His third start will come at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 20.

The No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevy is running a partial schedule this season and is being shared among Theriault, team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Josh Berry. The No. 5 team has two wins this season — one with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, and the latest with Harvick at Kentucky Speedway last weekend.