Winning a Pro All Stars Series feature is one thing. Winning multiple races in a season is another. But what about winning for multiple teams?
Joey Doiron has that last part under control.
The Super Late Model veteran drove to victory in Sunday night’s Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway, taking his second PASS North win of 2021.
Doiron took command in the second half of the race, delivering car owner Greg Curtis his first PASS feature win since the two teamed up early last year.
While best known for his family-owned #73 entries, Doiron stepped into Curtis’ GT Motorsports #21 last year with a laser focus on Oxford Plains Speedway and the Oxford 250. Doiron’s PASS debut in the car ended after only 54 laps. In his next five races in the car, Doiron’s worst finish was ninth, with three top-five finishes punctuated by a third-place result in the Oxford 250. Doiron added a feature win at the legendary Maine oval later in the year.
Doiron finished fifth and 25th in his two PASS North outings in the car this year, both at Oxford.
Fittingly, Doiron led a procession of Oxford weekly contenders to the checkered flag Sunday.
Dennis Spencer crossed the line second, with defending Oxford weekly champion and two-time PASS feature winner Dave Farrington, Jr. third. Ryan Robbins, a former PASS Modified champion, was fourth at the line. Continuing his rebound from a health scare late last year, Trevor Sanborn finished fifth.
Kyle DeSouza was sixth, with his partnership with crew chief Jason Ricker continuing to pay dividends. Nick Sweet finished seventh, the only driver in the top ten not from the state of Maine. Oxford veteran Tim Brackett was eighth ahead of Austin Teras. Ben Ashline, who won Saturday’s weekly feature at Oxford, made his first start of 2021 with a tenth-place finish.
While local racers thrived Sunday, the PASS full-timers struggled. Points leader Johnny Clark, on track for a seventh career PASS North crown, exited Sunday’s race early and was scored 26th at the finish. Kate Re was only able to complete two laps after issues in her heat and the consi left the team with a damaged car. Dan Winter and JR Robinson also left the race early. Anthony Constantino was 13th in the final rundown, while Ben Rowe soldiered home a lap down in 18th.
A few veteran drivers ended long PASS absences; 2015 Oxford 250 winner Glen Luce finished 19th in his first PASS event since 2019, while Scott Mulkern made his first PASS start since 2016. One driver absent from the lineup was Curtis Gerry. Gerry, a dominant local force in PASS competition at Oxford, finished 24th in Saturday’s weekly SLM feature and did not race Sunday.
Prior to the 2020 season, Doiron achieved no shortage of success in cars fielded from the family shop. Doiron joined the PASS circuit full-time in 2010, racking up eight wins in PASS North and another three PASS wins in the series’ visits to the Southeast. Doiron earned the 2015 PASS National Championship ring and finished second in the PASS North standings in 2013 and 2015.
After a couple seasons sharing his time between weekly racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and select touring events, Doiron spent two years with the more budget-friendly Granite State Pro Stock Series, winning three features and the 2019 GSPSS championship.
But Doiron entered the 2020 season with an open mind. Doiron ran the first few GSPSS events in his own car while racing PASS events at Oxford in the GT Motorsports entry. In July, Doiron forged a partnership with car owner Wright Pearson. Pearson, a Dale Shaw Race Cars customer like Doiron, had fielded winning GSPSS entries for Doiron’s friend Brandon Barker.
Hauler issues kept Pearson and Doiron from making their first GSPSS start together, but they returned in a PASS race at White Mountain Motorsports Park, where Doiron dominated early before finishing 11th. In September, Doiron drove Pearson’s fast #16 to his first PASS victory since 2018.
This year, Doiron has managed a similarly diverse stable, running six of the first eight PASS events in three different cars. In addition to the GT Motorsports ride, Doiron drove a black #20 Dale Shaw Race Cars entry to victory at Lee USA Speedway and a second-place finish at WMMP. Doiron fielded his own car in PASS’ inaugural visit to Hudson Speedway, running well before getting caught up in a hard frontstretch wreck. And in GSPSS’ June race at Beech Ridge, Doiron raced for a fourth team, driving Rollie Lindblad’s familiar #48 to a seventh-place finish.
With Sunday’s win, Doiron becomes the first driver to win multiple PASS races for different teams in a single season in at least seven years.
And with Sunday’s win, Doiron has a little more momentum on his side for August’s Oxford 250.
Unofficial Results, PASS North Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway:
1. (21) Joey Doiron
2. (12) Dennis Spencer
3. (23) Dave Farrington, Jr.
4. (36) Ryan Robbins
5. (29S) Trevor Sanborn
6. (1) Kyle DeSouza
7. (40) Nick Sweet
8. (60B) Tim Brackett
9. (29T) Austin Teras
10. (99) Ben Ashline
11. (72X) Ryan Kuhn
12. (50) Jeff White
13. (14ME) Anthony Constantino
14. (60) DJ Shaw
15. (18) Justin Larsen
16. (7B) Isaac Bevin
17. (63) John Salemi
18. (4) Ben Rowe
19. (7L) Glen Luce
20. (56) Evan Beaulieu
21. (14) Scott McDaniel
22. (9) JT Thurlow
23. (20) JR Robinson
24. (52NH) Jake Matheson
25. (1VT) Evan Hallstrom
26. (54) Johnny Clark
27. (84) Scott Mulkern
28. (81) Dan Winter
29. (61) TJ Brackett
30. (53) Alan Wilson
31. (15MA) Jake Johnson
32. (24) Mike Rowe
33. (10) Kate Re