Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, heads to his favorite stop on the schedule when the PASS North Series opens the 2012 season with the SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, May 5. Doiron posted his best career PASS finish at Beech Ridge in this race in 2010, and he also won a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model race at the track last summer during an off-weekend on the PASS calendar. He is looking to extend a string of four consecutive PASS North Top-10 finishes dating back to last season.
TEAM: No. 73 JBJ Machine/Dale Shaw Race Cars Chevrolet
BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 4th (May 2010)
LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 10th (September 2011)
WHAT: PASS North Series SouthernMaineMotors.com 150
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.375-mile flat oval)
WHEN: Practice, Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, 2-6 p.m.; Qualifying, Saturday, May 5, 3 p.m.; Race, Saturday, May 5, 5 p.m.
PASS North Series
NEXT RACE: Saturday, May 12, PASS 150, Star Speedway, Epping, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
FINAL 2011 POINTS POSITION: 10th
DID YOU KNOW?
- Joey Doiron has never finished outside the Top-10 in the final PASS North Series standings.
- Joey Doiron was the 2010 PASS North Series Rookie of the Year, one year after being named Rookie of the Year on the ACT Late Model Tour.
- In 2010, Joey Doiron qualified on the outside pole for the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge, the most prestigious race on the PASS North Series schedule.
- Joey Doiron won a Sport Series feature at Beech Ridge in 2008, the same season he finished fourth in the final standings as a rookie the the track's top support division.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
JOEY DOIRON, Driver of the No. 73 JBJ Machine/Dale Shaw Race Cars Chevrolet, On starting the season at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway this weekend: “Every time we go to Beech Ridge, I always have the expectation to run in the Top-5. There's no reason why we can't. We ran a couple of tests already during the winter to get our stuff ready, and I think we're in really good shape heading there this weekend. If we can get a win, great. If we can't, but we can finish in the Top-5, it will start us off on the right foot for the new year. The whole crew is ready for the year, and we're all really excited to get to the track.
“I'd really love to get everybody a win. It would be great to get that monkey off my back.”
On what it takes to run well at Beech Ridge: “Experience at the track has a lot to do with it. If you have a lot of experience there, you can get a better finish with a car than someone who's only been there a couple of times and maybe only has a handful of laps at the place.
“I haven't been there my whole career, but I think I've been there enough to say that I'm a veteran at Beech Ridge now.
“Laps 125-150, those are the biggest ones at Beech Ridge. Being good at the end of the race is obviously important anywhere we go, but at Beech Ridge how many times have you seen someone look like they're running away for the first 115 laps or so and then be nowhere near the front at the end? You've got to save your stuff, save your tires for the end of the race.”
On why he has higher expectations for 2012: “I've really matured as a driver, in my opinion. Last year and my rookie year, it was like I drove hard at the wrong times and put myself in bad predicaments. I'd be racing too hard early on, and usually my car was in situations when there was no need for it. I'd end up falling back way too soon. We'd be fast, but we weren't fast when in mattered.
“Like they always say, it doesn't matter how fast you are for the first 140 laps. It's how fast you are in those last 10 laps.”
On racing for points early in the season: “At the start of the season, points really don't matter much. If you have consistent finishes every week, you'll be there at the end of the year. You may not be able to beat Johnny (Clark) who's capable of winning six or seven races every year, but you'll definitely be in the mix for second or third (in the points). And, you'll be right there if a team like Johnny's does struggle a bit and not win all of those races.
“It takes wins to win a championship, but more than that it takes consistent finishes and being there to contend every week. It goes hand in hand – get those consistent finishes up front every week and the wins will come.”
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