BERWICK, Maine – Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, hopes to finally cash in with a fast race car when he competes in the PASS National Series Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200 at Concord Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Saturday, November 26.
Doiron finished 10th in the final 2011 PASS North Series standings and collected the series' Hard Luck Award at the season-ending banquet earlier this month. It was a testament to the misfortune, mechanical and otherwise, that plagued the driver of the No. 73 JBJ Machine Chevrolet this year.
“I think a race like this definitely can set you up for next season,” said Doiron, who has made two career PASS South Series starts in his career. “It can keep your momentum going. After (the season finale at) Oxford, I just want to get back to race track. That was really disappointing. We ran so well there.
“I want to go out and get a finish we deserve. We were a top-five car every week in the second half of the season, but something always seemed to happen to us.”
Doiron will tow to North Carolina with the team of D.J. Shaw. He knows little about the track beyond what he's learned from a racing simulator this fall.
“I've been playing it on iRacing, which hopefully is realistic enough that I can get something from it,” Doiron said. “It looks like it's a rhythm track. You've really got to keep your momentum up, but it's easy to make mistakes there, too. It's going to be one of the more demanding tracks I've been on.
“The biggest thing is going to be the speed. I've never raced on a track this fast. Other than North Wilkesboro, I haven't been on a track like this. You've got to figure out how to keep your momentum, keep your speed, but be able to pass cars at the same time.”
Doiron finished 20th in the 2009 Mason-Dixon Meltdown at South Boston Speedway following the conclusion of his rookie year on the ACT-sanctioned Late Model tour. It was just his third career Super Late Model start at the time.
Since then, he's posted 12 career Top-10 finishes in just 24 starts.
With no points on the line this weekend and a car that's been completely rebuilt over the last two months, Doiron says he has nothing to lose this weekend.
“We're bringing basically the car we ran a couple of times, but since Chaudiere it's been all redone,” Doiron said. “Other than the color, there's pretty much nothing the same on it. We're going to go out, shake it down for next year, try and keep the fenders on it – and if we come away with a Top-10, it would be a successful day.
“We're going down there with nothing to lose.”
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