Granite State Pro Stock Series
Granite State Pro Stock Series Set For Granite State Derby
May 18, 2022
A champion of the Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2019, Joey Doiron is looking for title number two in 2022. Thus far in the season’s first two events at Claremont Motorsports Park and Star Speedway, Doiron has been inside the top-five along with a single race outside the series.
Doiron has driven for multiple car owners the during the past few seasons, including his No. 73. After running the No. 05 for Jacob Dore at Star, Doiron is back in the 73 for the first time since Claremont a month ago. Next up, the first of two GSPSS in 2022 at Lee USA Speedway.
“I think we’ve done fairly well in the three races we’ve run so far this year. We got two thirds and a fourth, so we’re on the right track. Excited to get back to Lee with my own car, we ran pretty good there a couple of years ago, and then the last two years I’ve been in Wright Pearson’s car. We won and got a second last year,” Doiron told Racing America.
While Doiron has won twice at Lee USA, his most recent win came in a Pro All Stars Series sanctioned event this time a year ago. That race was on Hoosier tires, the GSPSS runs on American Racer tires, which so far have thrown Doiron and his crew for a bit of a loop so far in 2022.
“I think we got a better baseline on the Hoosier tires than on the American Racers that Granite State runs. So, we need to keep working on it and get the car a little better on the American Racers, I don’t know what it is but it doesn’t seem to fit my driving as well as the Hoosiers do. All we can do is keep making adjustments to get that same feel.”
But, Lee USA is a favorite track of Berwick, Maine driver; although it did take some hard knocks for Doiron before finding success at New Hampshire’s Center of Speed.
“The last couple of years we either finish with a first or second, or just crash. First few times I went to Lee we were awful, crashed, or both. We’ve wrecked a lot at Lee. In 2019, that was the first time we won there, since then we’ve had a couple of podiums there. It’s a place I’ve always liked going to, even when we struggled, we’ve just had bad luck there. It’s nice to have some success up there, we just got to finish it off and avoid all the misfortunes.”
With consistent finishes to start off 2022 and a personal favorite track coming up on Saturday, Doiron is eager to have this be the weekend he parks it in victory lane. Especially after what he feels was a missed opportunity two weeks ago in Epping, NH.
“Star, I was disappointed with how things went. I thought that was going to be a track that we were really going to have a chance to win. Just fought the handling on Jacob’s car from when we tested on Friday to the race, I couldn’t get the feel we were looking for. Early in the race, I knew we didn’t have a car to win, so we pitted for adjustments and that put us behind, so we got what we could. Big thanks to him for the opportunity to drive his car, I just struggled to get the feel I was looking for.”
In addition, should he take the checkers on Saturday, Doiron would do it front of not only a packed crowd, but a somewhat different crowd. Many of New England’s ‘Ground Pounder’ fans will be on hand for the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Lee USA Speedway after a two-decade absence.
“The NASCAR Mods always get some great crowds. It’s always fun when you can race in front of a big crowd, and you never know. It was cool running a few Mod races last year and it was fun. Wasn’t quite what I expected what it was going to be, but it was cool. It’ll be nice to watch those guys too, hopefully with a trophy in hand.”
Can’t make it to Lee USA Speedway this Saturday? The only other place you can see the Granite State Pro Stock Series 100-lap feature is right here on Racing America at 4:30pm ET.