Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, returns to PASS North Series competition this weekend when the series makes its return to a popular facility, running the Brackett Mechanical 150 at historic Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, July 23. The series last competed at the track in 2006, while Doiron attempted the marquee TD Bank Oxford 250 in a Late Model back in 2009. Doiron has won especially well on the flat short tracks this season, posting a Top-5 finish at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway earlier this month and a Top-10 finish at Star Speedway in May.
WHO: Joey Doiron, Berwick, Maine
TEAM: No. 73 JBJ Machine/Dale Shaw Race Cars Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: John Doiron, Berwick, Maine
BEST CAREER OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY FINISH: N/A
LAST RACE AT OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY: N/A
WHAT: PASS North Series Brackett Mechanical 150
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile oval)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23
PASS North Series
LAST RACE: July 21, PASS 100, Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Conn. (---)
NEXT RACE: Aug. 6, PASS 150, Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass. (.333-mile oval)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Joey Doiron posted a season-best finish of fifth the last time he competed on a short track, finishing fifth at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on July 9.
- As a rookie in the Sport Series division at Beech Ridge in 2008, Joey Doiron won a feature event and finished fourth in the final point standings.
- Joey Doiron has three Top-10 finishes in five starts.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
JOEY DOIRON, Driver of the No. 73 JBJ Machine/Dale Shaw Race Cars Chevrolet, On going to Oxford Plains Speedway this weekend: “It's certainly not been one of my favorite tracks. But if we can come here and run as good as we have the last couple of races with this setup, we should be pretty good.
“A lot of people compare this place to Beech Ridge, but with my experience in an ACT car, I don't think they're anything alike. They might look the same, but they don't drive anywhere near the same.”
On how Oxford feels from the driver's seat: “It's a lot more forgiving (than Beech Ridge), because there's no backstretch wall, so you have a lot more room. I just have to remind myself over 150 laps that you have to stay off the (inside) curb. That's my biggest downfall here, is I never can seem to stay of the curb.
“If I can stay off that curb for 150 laps, we should be in pretty good shape.”
On having the PASS North Series and Super Late Models back at Oxford: “I think it's a pretty big deal. Back when PASS came back here, I was only like 13 years old, so I've only seen a couple of Oxford 250s when they were Pro Stocks and it was always a big deal.
“To be back here, everyone said it would never happen. I just think it's good, not necessarily just for PASS, but for Oxford, too, because I think it's going to bring a lot more people back to the track and just make the weekend that much bigger.”
The PASS North Series heads to Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass, for the PASS 150 on Saturday, August 6... Joey Doiron, who has scaled back to a part-time schedule, plans to race in the event at one of his favorite tracks on the circuit.
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