Joey Doiron won the 2019 Granite State Pro Stock Series championship, beating Ray Christian, III by 41 points in last year’s title hunt. Doiron has enjoyed some strong runs to start the 2020 season, but is still looking for that first win to get back into championship form.
The Maine racer hopes to change that on Friday, as he competes in the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ return to Claremont Motorsports Park (NH).
Doiron has been searching for speed throughout the first three races of the Granite State season. He finished third and sixth in the two events at Claremont to start the season, then had the makings of a strong showing at Hudson Speedway (NH).
In that event, Doiron was fastest in practice and won his heat race, but finished 20th with a mechanical failure.
“It’s been an okay year so far,” Doiron told Speed51 on The Bullring. “We’re just missing a little bit of speed that we had last year. We’re just a little bit off, so hopefully we keep making gains.
“I just think it’s mostly setup. I think we’re missing something little here. We gained quite a bit of speed back at the last race at Hudson. We were the fastest car in practice and won our heat race but had a mechanical issue in the race.
Doiron says the struggles have mostly come on long green-flag runs, despite showing speed in practice sessions throughout the season.
“We’ve been fighting loose in as the race goes on. We practice pretty good and our heat races have been pretty good. The longer the run goes, the looser we get. It’s an issue we had going into last year, but we had so much raw speed last year, we could afford to slow down a little bit in the race and have a good enough car to win.”
Nonetheless, going back to Claremont gives Doiron confidence. Along with his podium finish earlier this season, Doiron is a former GSPSS winner at the New Hampshire 1/3-mile.
“We’ve been good at Claremont. We were a lot better the second race there than the first. Hopefully we can build on that. The 93 has been really fast this year. We’re just fighting a little bit here and there, but I feel like we’re on the right track. I feel if we get a good starting spot, we’ve got as good of a shot as anybody.”
Doiron describes Claremont as a unique place to race, which presents different challenges throughout the course of a race.
“It’s different. Most of the tracks up here that I grew up racing on are flat and round. It definitely has two straightaways and two totally different corners. It tends to put on good racing. It’s one of those tracks where you feel like it’s going to be a one-groove race track, but as the tires wear out and the race goes on, the groove definitely widens out. By the end of it, it’s usually a pretty good two-groove race track.
“It puts on good racing. Sometimes, the races can be a little rough, but as long as you’re around good guys, you can usually put on a good show for everybody.”
Click here to see more of Doiron’s interview on Speed51’s “The Bullring,” in which he also discusses the growth of the Granite State Pro Stock Series as well as his family’s support of racing.
Stay tuned for more details regarding Speed51’s coverage of Friday’s Granite State Pro Stock Series event at Claremont Motorsports Park.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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