Doiron Establishes Himself as an Oxford 250 Favorite

As the Northeast inches closer to its biggest Super Late Model race of the year – the 48th annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway – it increasingly looks like Joey Doiron will be one of the drivers to beat. The Berwick, Maine native flashed his speed on Sunday evening, dominating the second half of the Honey Badger Bar & Grill PASS 150 to win his second Pro All Stars Series (PASS) event of the season.

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Doiron took the green flag in the 17th position, but was inside the top 10 after just 10 laps. He kept picking off cars in front of him, and eventually took the lead from early race leader Trevor Sanborn on a Lap 62 restart. Sanborn initially put up a great fight, keeping Doiron well within sight, but was unable to keep the blistering pace Doiron was setting and faded back to fifth.

 

Dennis Spencer also rallied in the second half of the race, working his way up from as low as 25th to ride in the top three. A small flurry of late cautions gave Spencer chances to take the lead from Doiron, but in the end, Doiron’s No. 21 was just too strong, and he cruised to the checkers with a margin of victory of just over one second over Spencer.

 

“We just had a type of car tonight that you just had to go the same pace. Saving wasn’t going to do anything, you just got to ride the same consistent pace. We were running the same times at the end that we ran at the beginning,” Doiron said in Victory Lane. “[We] had just enough there, Dennis was really good. I was a little bit worried with that yellow, luckily we had just enough left in the tank. After last night, we almost didn’t race today, we were so bad. Just never give up.”

 

The approaching Oxford 250 was not far from Doiron’s mind, however. After finishing fifth and third in his last two attempts, Doiron knows that a win in the 2021 edition of the race is not out of the cards.

“We’ve got a third and a second, so hopefully we can finally knock off the last spot on the podium. If we can unload with a car like this we should have a good shot. In that race you have to have everything line up just right.” – Joey Doiron

Dennis Spencer brought home a very strong second-place finish, and Oxford Plains Speedway points leader Dave Farrington, Jr. came home third. Ryan Robbins and Trevor Sanborn rounded out the top five.

 

Sunday also saw a significant shake-up in the points standings, as the top three in points heading into the 150-lap contest all had bad days. Points leader Johnny Clark went up in smoke on Lap 115 and finished 26th. Second in points behind Clark was Ben Rowe, who struggled to break into the top 20 before finishing 18th, one lap down. Kate Re, who was third coming into Sunday’s race, was collected in a heat race incident and retired after just two laps in the feature, finishing 33rd.

 

In PASS Modified action, Max Cookson prevailed over Jimmy Emerson in a thrilling photo finish.  A record field of 29 cars took the green flag for Sunday’s 50-lap race.  Brandon Varney, Daren Ripley and Ajay Cates completed the top five.

 

The road to the 48th Annual Oxford 250 continues through White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 17. Fans will be able to watch all 150 laps live on Speed51.TV.

 

-Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51

 

Honey Badger Bar & Grill PASS 150 – Full Results (Unofficial)
1) Joey Doiron
2) Dennis Spencer
3) Dave Farrington, Jr.
4) Ryan Robbins
5) Trevor Sanborn
6) Kyle Desouza
7) Nick Sweet
8) Tim Brackett
9) Austin Terras
10) Ben Ashline
11) Ryan Kuhn
12) Anthony Constantino
13) D.J. Shaw
14) Justin Larsen
15) Isaac Bevin
16) Jeff White
17) John Salemi
18) Ben Rowe
19) Glen Luce
20) Evan Beaulieu
21) Scott McDaniel
22) J.T. Thurlow
23) Rowland Robinson, Jr.
24) Jake Matheson
25) Evan Hallstrom
26) Johnny Clark
27) Scott Mulkern
28) Dan Winter
29) T.J. Brackett
30) Alan Wilson
31) Jake Johnson
32) Mike Rowe
33) Kate Re

Doiron Establishes Himself as an Oxford 250 Favorite