Joey Doiron Racing: PASS North Series
Joey Doiron Autodrome Chaudiere Race Preview
Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, heads north of the border with the PASS North Series for the Habitations Dany Lagace 150 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec, on Saturday, June 23. Doiron will try and rebound from a mechanical failure last time out at Speedway 660 that dropped the No. 73 JBJ Machine/Scarborough Downs Chevrolet out of the series points lead for the first time this season. Doiron was never a factor the last time PASS headed to Chaudiere, having been involved in an accident in his qualifying race. After four races, he sits fifth in the series standings – just 14 points out of the lead.
WHO: Joey Doiron, Berwick, Maine
TEAM: No. 73 JBJ Machine/Scarborough Downs Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: John Doiron, Berwick, Maine
BEST CAREER FINISH AT AUTODROME CHAUDIERE: 20th (June 2011)
LAST RACE AT AUTODROME CHAUDIERE: 20th (June 2011)
WHAT: PASS North Series Habitations Dany Lagace 150
WHERE: Autodrome Chaudiere, Vallee-Jonction, Quebec (.25-mile oval)
WHEN: 6 p.m., Saturday, June 23
PASS North Series
LAST RACE: June 9, PASS 200, Speedway 660, Geary, New Brunswick (15th)
NEXT RACE: June 30, PASS 150, Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, N.H. (.333-mile oval)
CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 5th
DID YOU KNOW?
Joey Doiron led the PASS North Series point standings for five consecutive weeks after winning the season opener at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, the longest stretch of his career at the top of the standings.
Joey Doiron has experience in both the PASS North Series and the ACT Late Model Tour at Autodrome Chaudiere.
Joey Doiron was named one of 10 drivers selected to participate in the 2012 “Maine Young Guns” competition with Go Green Racing. The winning driver will earn the right to participate in the September 22nd NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Joey Doiron has as many Top-5 finishes this season (2) as he had in his previous two years in the PASS North Series combined.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
JOEY DOIRON, Driver of the No. 73 JBJ Machine/Scarborough Downs Chevrolet, On rebounding from mechanical woes last time out at Speedway 660: “You just move on. There wasn’t much we could do about (a broken rear-end locker) at that point. We’re still as good as we were the first three races of the year. Bad luck is going to happen.
“The first three races were on three different types of tracks, and we ran well at all of them. No doubt, you’re going to have bad luck at some point in the year. We’re still really good. We had that bad luck at the start of the heat race (at 660), so we never really had a chance to recover.”
On heading to Autodrome Chaudiere this weekend: “It’s not a bad track. It’s like a smooth version of Star – it’s somewhere between Star and White Mountain (Motorsports Park). I loved it when we raced there with ACT. Last year, we were trying all kinds of stuff at the beginning of the year, so with what we had, I didn’t really like it. We’re much better this year; we’ve been a lot better over last 12 months than when we were last there so I’m looking forward to it.
“This one falls right in between being a driver’s track and the kind of track where you have to have a good car to win. You have to have a car, obviously, but you can gain a couple spots as a driver, too. You’re not necessarily going to make a big difference like you can at Star. It’s a fine line. You can do it with the right car, but you also have to pick your spots and know when to get up on wheel and try and get a couple more spots.”
On the level of competition at the top of the PASS North standings this season: “I think this has been one of the most competitive years in PASS history. Going into July the last few years, Johnny (Clark) was leading by 30 or 40 points already. You couldn’t ask for more parity.
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“People say Super Late Models separate the haves from the have-nots money-wise, but we’re not spending as much as others out there. If you do your homework, you can be just as competitive in this series as in ACT or somewhere else without having a huge budget.”
The PASS North Series heads back to New Hampshire for its third race in the Granite State in six events with the PASS 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, June 30… Joey Doiron finished 15th at Canaan as a rookie in 2010, but he did not compete at the track last season.