Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, joins the PASS North Series for the rain-delayed 2011 season finale, the PASS Championship 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, October 15. Doiron finished 10th in his last outing at Oxford in July, part of a stretch that has seen the former Rookie of the Year post Top-10 finishes in four of his last five starts. Despite running fewer races than the rest of the PASS North Series regulars as he focused on part-time competition this season, Doiron has already clinched a Top-10 finish in the overall standings in his sophomore year.
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: 10th (July 2011)
LAST RACE AT OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY: 10th (July 2011)
WHAT: PASS North Series PASS Championship 150
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile oval)
WHEN: 1 p.m., Saturday, October 15
PASS North Series
LAST RACE: September 24, PASS 150, White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (9th)
POINTS POSITION: 10th
DID YOU KNOW?
- Joey Doiron has seven Top-10s in 11 races this season, his second season of Super Late Model racing.
- Joey Doiron finished 10th in his first career Super Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway in July – the night before the TD Bank Oxford 250 – after several starts in an ACT Late Model.
- Joey Doiron has finished outside the Top-10 only once since July, including a win in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in August.
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 over the last couple of years. 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 finishing 10th at Oxford back in July: “It was another frustrating race at Oxford – that's been like my whole career at this place. We were pretty good in practice, and I thought we were going to be a Top-5 car after that heat race. I was just riding at the beginning – there just isn't much I could do with a crate motor at this place. I was just waiting for everybody to use their stuff up.
“I haven't had to drive that hard to finish in the Top-10 ever.”
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