Joey Doiron had a goal of becoming a Northeast touring series champion. That goal came to fruition Sunday afternoon when years of hard work paid off and at last produced a championship. By simply taking the green flag to start the season-ending Fall Challenge 100 at Claremont Motorsports Park (NH), the 27-year-old from Berwick, Maine captured the 2019 Granite State Pro Stock Series title.
Eventually finishing second in Sunday’s 100-lap feature to Ray Christian III, who finished runner-up in the season standings with two wins, Doiron capped off a great year of consistency on his part. With two wins of his own, Doiron also finished in the top five in nine of the 12 races contested in 2019, finishing outside the top 10 only once.
“It was a good year, we stayed out of trouble, and didn’t have any mechanical failures. Everything else kind of took care of itself,” Doiron said on Speed51’s Morning Bullring on Monday.
While Doiron collected the 2015 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National title, he had come up short in the Northeast on two occasions. First, in PASS North competition in 2013, and then again in the Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2018 in a nail biter to eventual champion Devin O’Connell.
Those tough times, as well as a few big changes in his racing career and his life outside of racing, made the championship he collected Sunday a feat that Doiron will enjoy for quite some time.
“We were close a few times in PASS, came up just short one year by two or three points to Cassius Clark. So, we experienced not winning one before, and it was finally good to get one,” he said. “Last year we decided to take a different direction, my daughter was born, and we don’t have the help to go race 15 or 20 times a year anymore. So we made the change, all the races are a little closer for me, and mostly one-day shows which works out better for our family business and everything.”
Having his daughter in the championship pictures only added to the enjoyment Sunday.
“It’s an eye-opening experience, I wouldn’t change it for anything. Definitely puts everything into perspective. When you have a bad day it really doesn’t matter, she doesn’t care.”
While Doiron has contested with his own team over the years, the No. 73 camp has also been a key member of the Dale Shaw Race Cars family. Having worked closely with the Shaw family and vice-versa, they have worked to crack the winning formula for Doiron in 2019.
“I’ve always had Dale Shaw Race Cars backing me. We found some stuff over the winter and each week this year. We run an RPM GM Crate motor, but other than that, Advanced Racing Suspensions, PFC Brakes, Five Star Bodies, best of the best, and couldn’t do it without them.”
Since moving to GSPSS in 2018, Doiron has also become one of the top guns on the New England tour that has seen a number of solid full-time competitors join up, while many more of the region’s top Pro Stock/Super Late Model drivers have been known to throw their names in from time to time.
“It’s definitely gaining a lot of steam as far as what’s up here. There were times where they wrecked a lot of cars, but this year the races were really clean, a good step in the right direction. It’s an affordable option with the one-day shows, you can only buy four tires at each race and no practice tires. They keep the costs down. You had guys like Ben Rowe, Derek Griffith, and DJ Shaw run a few times this year. If those guys keep branching out to different races, it will be great for the series.”
You can listen to the full conversation with Joey Doiron by watching the replay of this week’s edition of the Morning Bullring. (Click here to watch)
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: GSPSS