Saturday, April 18, 2009

Joanides wins third Super Late Model race of season at Irwindale

Adding 40 pounds to his race car didn’t make Nick Joanides any slower. He won his third NASCAR Super Late Model race of the season on Saturday night at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
After Joanides won two of the first three races of the Super Late Model season, track officials decided to add 40 pounds to the drivers who race Chevrolets. Joanides, the reigning Super Late Model champion at the track, drives a Chevrolet.
Not that it helped the Ford drivers much. Dan Moore of Burbank was the highest finishing Ford driver in the race. He was fourth.
Bear Rzesnowiecky of Las Vegas was second, followed by Danny Gay of Lakeside.
A couple of drivers, including Joanides, suffered hand injuries in wrecks during the race. Joanides might have fractured his right hand, a result of running into the car of Luis Martinez Jr. on the fourth lap. The two cars came together when Martinez had a flat tire coming around turn 3. Joanides said the impact from the crash spun his steering wheel and smashed his hand. Miles Copenhaver of Lancaster broke his wrist in a wreck.
Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill won his second race of the season in the NASCAR Super Trucks division. R.J. Johnson of Canyon Country was second for the second race in a row. Mason Britton of Sacramento was third. Britton won his first Super Trucks race of the year two weeks ago.
Chad Schug of Oak Hills won his second Legends car race in a row. Gary Scheuerell of Murietta was second, improving on an 11th place finish two weeks ago. Kenny Maler of Acton was third.
Aaron Anderson of Lancaster won the Bandoleros race. Rookie Ryan Cansdale was second, followed by Ricky Schlick.
Billy Ziemann of Bloomington won the Outlaw figure eights race. Steve Stewart of Long Beach was second.
Al Simpson, who won the opening night race in the Bandoleros, did not show up to the track.

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