Joey Doiron won the 2019 Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) title, taking two victories over the course of the season. However, plenty has changed for Doiron since that crowning achievement, including his plans for the 2020 racing season, but now he is ready to go racing at Claremont Motorsports Park (NH).
The 2020 season for GSPSS will kick off Friday, June 5 at Claremont with the Let’s Go Racing 100, a highly anticipated return to racing for the series after losing several events to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although spectators will not be allowed due to current restrictions, the event will be streamed live exclusively on Speed51.
Doiron initially did not plan to be part of the Granite State season opener. With his family expecting a new son, the reigning champion was not expecting to be available for the trip to Claremont.
Instead, Theo Doiron was born on Monday, May 25, and the Doiron family is ready to go racing.
“We weren’t planning on racing, because my son wasn’t supposed to be born until yesterday,” Doiron told Speed51. “He came a week early, so we’ve decided to go racing.
“It puts everything back into perspective, having a newborn again. It’s nice to get back to some kind of normalcy in life. We weren’t planning on racing the whole year anyways, because he was going to be born right in the middle of the season.”
Without the planned absence from a GSPSS event for the birth of his son, Doiron says a run at a second championship is on the table. However, he wants to take the season one race at a time.
“With all the stuff that’s happened, maybe we’ll do the whole year. We’ll take it race by race and see how it goes.”
Regardless, the 2019 championship was a special one for Doiron. He was particularly proud to be able to put together a full season, where he only missed out on the top-10 in one Granite State event.
“It was definitely a neat deal. We’ve been close a couple of times in the past, between PASS North and Granite State. We’ve always come up just a little bit short in the end. It was good to put a whole year together. We only had one finish in the top 10, and it was a parts failure. We’re excited to get back and have the steam we had last year.”
Doiron knows there will be some challenges entering Friday’s race at Claremont. While some racers have been testing during the racing shutdown, Doiron has been staying home as much as possible.
“I feel like we’re behind the eight ball a little bit. A lot of teams have been testing while the tracks were shut down. We’ve just been at home, trying to stay away from everybody because of my wife.”
Nonetheless, last year’s success gives Doiron plenty of confidence entering Friday’s race.
“We were pretty good at Claremont last year, so if we can unload with the speed we had, we’ll be fine,” said Doiron. “We don’t go to the track expecting to not contend for the win. As long as everything works out and we’re all fully prepared, I don’t see why we wouldn’t have a chance at it.
“A lot of guys got better at the end of the year, but we beat all of them last year, so there’s no reason we can’t do it again.”
Doiron will be one of nearly 30 Late Model drivers contending for the first major Late Model win of the 2020 season in the Northeast. The full entry list for the event can be viewed by clicking here.
Race fans can watch Friday’s Let’s Go Racing 100 at Claremont Motorsports Park on Speed51. Click here to learn how you can watch today.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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