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Joey Doiron Takes Home $40,000 With Inaugural Celebration of America 300 Victory

There was no denying Joey Doiron on Wednesday night in the inaugural All That's Metal Celebration of America 300 at Oxford Plains Speedway.


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On Wednesday night at Oxford Plains Speedway, there was no denying Joey Doiron.

Doiron powered to the lead on a lap 266 restart and held off Derek Griffith to win the All That's Metal Celebration of America 300, earning a $40,000 payday in the holiday spectacular.

Doiron, already a winner this season with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models at Oxford Plains, knew he had a car capable of winning the inaugural edition of the Celebration of America. He simply hoped he could seal the deal, considering how elusive the Oxford 250 has been for him over the years.

“I knew we’d have a good chance," Doiron told Racing America. "Our car was super hooked-up this year. We always seem to run well in the long races here. The car was there at the end. The 250 has treated us so bad, I didn’t know if we’d be able to get this one."

Now with $40,000 in his pocket and the confidence of this win, Doiron carries a new level of confidence into next month's 51st Annual Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Oxford 250. Doiron finished second in last year's event, and hopes to finish one spot better this year.

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“Now that we’ve got this one, I’m looking forward to August," said Doiron. "Hopefully, we can get that one, so then I’ll be happy and I can ride off into the sunset. It’s been a hell of a year.”

The victory did not come with a few heart-in-your-throat moments for Doiron. One came in the first half of the race, when Doiron saved his car from an unplanned excursion through the infield.

“There were a couple of times there at the end where I was going to either be in the lead or wreck out of the lead. Honestly, probably around lap 90, I got hit in a chain reaction out of four and I was almost going down pit road. That was the one I couldn’t believe I saved."

Another moment came with 20 laps to go, when Doiron and Griffith made contact while battling for the win. Doiron clipped the inside curb in turns one and two, upsetting his car in front of Griffith. Fortunately for Doiron, he again made the save, kept the lead and pulled away.

“I knew I was better than him, but when I kept striking the curb, I needed five or six laps to get away from him," Doiron. "I was like, man, I’m going to do this one too many times, he’s going to get me. That’s about as close as you can come to throwing it away.”

"Joey hopped the curb, and I saw a chance," said Griffith. "I filled the spot too quick, and we got together. After that, I was just holding on.

The 300-lap race saw a wide range of strategies. Griffith took a particularly radical approach, waiting until lap 220 to put on fresh tires and then charging back into contention.

"We hung it out there 200 laps, 220 laps, whatever it was, on the same set of tires. I still thought we were pretty good. I had fun driving up through the field there. It was pretty wild."

Former Oxford 250 winner Cassius Clark finished third after a wild week of his own. The King Racing team made wholesale changes to the No. 13 after a poor showing in Tuesday's qualifiers, and they were rewarded with a podium finish.

“We were not very good in the 75-lapper last night," said Clark. "I thought we had a good car going into the heat, but it didn’t work out. They did everything to it this morning. Got here early this morning, took the whole rear-end out of the car, changed out shocks, swings, sway bars, whole nine yards just to get it ready for first practice.

“I lost power steering near the end of it there. We were fighting that a little bit. We had a pretty good car. It just sucks being that close, being able to taste it. I don’t get to do this often, so I hate to let it slip.”

The mid-week event drew a pair of NASCAR Cup Series competitors, Kyle Busch and Daniel Hemric. Busch was in contention late in the race, but spun from the fourth position on lap 271.

Hemric finished 21st in the final running order, while Busch was 24th.

PASS teams return to Oxford Plains on August 4 for another tune-up to the Oxford 250. The Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Oxford 250 takes place later that month on August 23-25.

-Photo credit: Will Bellamy, Racing America

Celebration of America 300 Unofficial Results

17DJoey Doiron300---
2444Derek Griffith3001.668
313Cassius Clark3001.903
454Johnny Clark3002.439
539Max Cookson3004.514
660SD.J. Shaw3005.594
794Garrett Hall3008.209
823Dave Farrington, Jr.3008.887
920Joe Pastore30010.746
1044Trevor Sanborn30010.906
1112XCorey Bubar30011.000
1242Kyle Reid30012.884
1332Brandon Barker30013.205
145MDillon Moltz30013.692
1517MAEddie MacDonald30014.438
1614SJosh St. Clair30015.226
1772XRyan Kuhn2991 Lap
181VBrandon Varney2991 Lap
1947Gabe Brown2982 Laps
2009Sylas Ripley2982 Laps
2131Daniel Hemric2982 Laps
2224Mike Rowe2973 Laps
2325Shawn Knight28416 Laps
2451Kyle Busch27129 Laps
25153Travis Stearns26931 Laps
2615Mike Hopkins25842 Laps
2790Derek Kneeland24357 Laps
2812SDennis Spencer23565 Laps
2932CTTom Abele, Jr.21585 Laps
305RBen Rowe181119 Laps
3119Rusty Poland181119 Laps
3263Kyle Salemi176124 Laps
3318SMike Scorzelli112188 Laps
3461TT.J. Brackett91209 Laps
3514Scott Mcdaniel71229 Laps
365PTroy Patterson70230 Laps
3729TAustin Teras47253 Laps
3860BTim Brackett5295 Laps
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