Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, looks for more success at his home track when the PASS North Series heads to its longest event of the season – the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Sunday, September 18. Doiron collected his first career Super Late Model victory in a 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in August, and he's coming off a Top-10 finish at White Mountain Motorsports Park last weekend. Beech Ridge has been especially kind to Doiron, who posted a season-best finish of fifth at Beech Ridge back in July and sat on the outside pole for the 300 in 2010.
WHO: Joey Doiron, Berwick, Maine
TEAM: No. 73 JBJ Machine/Dale Shaw Race Cars Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: John Doiron, Berwick, Maine
BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 4th (April 2010)
LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 5th (July 2011)
WHAT: PASS North Series PASS 300
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.333-mile oval)
WHEN: Qualifying – 12:10 p.m., Saturday, September 17; Race – Approx. 3 p.m., Sunday, September 18
PASS North Series
LAST RACE: September 11, PASS 150, White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (8th)
NEXT RACE: September 24, PASS 150, White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
POINTS POSITION: 12th
DID YOU KNOW?
- Joey Doiron posted his best career PASS finish of fourth at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2010..
- The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory at Beech Ridge in August was Joey Doiron's first victory in a Super Late Model – and his first win at Beech Ridge since he won in the Sport Series at at the track in 2007.
- Joey Doiron finished fifth last time out in PASS North Series competition at Beech Ridge for his best finish of the season.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
JOEY DOIRON, Driver of the No. 73 JBJ Machine/Dale Shaw Race Cars Chevrolet, On heading to the PASS 300 this weekend: “I'm going there to win. If we don't finish in the Top-3, I'll be honest, I'll be disappointed with the way we've run over there weekly this season. We had a first or second place car every time we've been there. In PASS races, we've always been better than we've been in weekly races.”
On what the most challenging aspect of the 300 is: “Probably the pit stop. It's hard to keep up with guys like Johnny (Clark) who can change four tires fast and get back out. Ideally, I think best race for us would be a 200-lap, no tire change race. That would really equalize setups and drivers once the tires wear out.
“But I like (the 300) better than a 150-lap race. It separates guys who can go 150 laps and not really have to drive a car once the tires wear out. It adds more factors with attrition and that kind of stuff.”
On the uniqueness of Beech Ridge: “It's a very technical track, compared to most we go to. It's a track where you can easily over-drive it. It's a fine line of howe you have to drive to keep the tires on it but also be able to stay in the lead pack.
“A lot of people think it's one groove and you have to be on the outside. I think it's fun to try and work on the bottom to get around people, because nobody really wants to do that anymore. The roles are kind of reversed from when I was a kid going there and everybody wanted to be on the bottom.”
The PASS North Series heads to White Mountain Motorsports Park for the second time in two weeks for the PASS 150 on Saturday, September 24... Joey Doiron, who has scaled back to a part-time schedule, finished eighth there last weekend.
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