Doiron never strayed far from the front of the field, saving his equipment for when he would need it the most. He kept in touch with Kate Re, who led almost every lap up to the halfway point, before surging around her to take the lead on Lap 76. Derek Griffith made a late charge, but when his engine expired with 10 laps to go, also collecting Derek Ramstrom, it all but secured the 10th series victory for Doiron.
Joey Doiron (Berwick, ME), Ryan Green (Berwick, ME) and Kate Re (Harrison, ME) completed an all-Maine sweep of the podium on Sunday afternoon.
“At the beginning, the 10 [of Re] was going really good, she just was going a little harder than I thought we should have raced at that point in the race,” he said after the race. “I kind of backed off, and she got a little over a straightaway and we slowly started reeling her in, running the same consistent pace. With about 75 to go, Derek [Griffith] got clear of the traffic and I knew he was going to be coming. I knew he was probably the car we were going to have to race to win. So, it was time to go, we took the lead from [Re] on the outside and checked out.”
Ryan Green, also from Berwick, ME, made a steady charge through the field, taking advantage of Griffith’s late misfortune and the resulting restart to finish second.
“I’m happy, I would have gladly finished fourth for the way our luck has been going the last few times here,” said Green. “It’s unfortunate what happened to Derek Ramstrom and Derek Griffith, but to come home to second…Joey Doiron is my neighbor, and he gave me a hand this week, and for him to win and me second, can’t ask for anything better out of Berwick. To finish second to Joey is like a win to me.”
Kate Re, from Harrison, ME, led 65 laps before surrendering the lead to Doiron at the halfway point. She kept her car up front and out of trouble for the remainder of the race, ultimately finishing third.
“It’s a huge confidence booster. After breaking my thumb at Thompson and totaling our brand-new car, bringing the backup car here, just really happy with this run and super happy for a great group of guys.” – Kate Re
“We had a pretty good car,” Re said. “Definitely a huge learning experience compared to the [PASS] modified with this car here, but I definitely had a lot of fun.”
Re did more than just score her career-best finish in PASS North, however; her third-place finish was the highest finishing position of any female driver in the PASS Super Late Model divisions – including the National Super Late Models. Moving forward, Re hopes she can continue this run of momentum through the rest of the 2021 campaign.
“I definitely hope so,” she said. “After coming from 26th to 11th last weekend at Oxford, and a podium finish this weekend, I’m excited to see what the rest of the season holds.”
The next race for the PASS North Super Late Models is at the White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, on Sunday, May 23.
A full replay of Sunday’s PASS race at Lee will be available soon on Speed51.TV.
– Story by: Ian Pettigrew, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent
– Photo credit: Will Sweatt / Speed51
PASS North 150 Unofficial Results