Saturday, April 11, 2009

Myers wins NASCAR Late Model race at Irwindale

Andrew Myers of Carlsbad thought the last NASCAR Late Model race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale was 10 laps too long. The number of laps in Saturday night’s race was just right.
Track officials added 10 laps before the start of the season opener in the Late Models two weeks ago. Myers ended up second, losing the lead in the race to Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills in the last 1o laps.
Myers won his first race of the season, holding off Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills, the reigning Late Model champion at the track. Travis Irving of Long Beach was third. Myers was only planning on racing in the first five races of the Late Model season, but if he is leading the points standings after the fifth race, he might continue racing at the track.
For a video interview of Myers after the race, click here.
He will also be racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway on Thursday.
Joanides, who had a three-race winning streak at the track, finished ninth. He won the first two NASCAR Super Late Model races and the season opener in the Late Models.
Justin Lofton, a driver from Westmoreland, Calif., and the leader in the ARCA Series, was in the Late Model race. He has two top-five finishes in two ARCA Series races this year. He won the pole for the most recent ARCA Series race at The Salem Speedway in Indiana.
He rallied in the waning laps of the Late Model race at Irwindale to finish eighth. He used to race regularly at Irwindale before moving up to the ARCA Series. He teamed up with Miles Copenhaver, a driver from Lancaster, to form a two-car team for the Late Model race.
Tyler Rogers of Riverside was the third repeat winner of the night at Irwindale. He won the Mini Stocks race. Daryl Scoggins of Sunland was second, followed by Richie Altman of Wildomar.
Ken Michaelian of Lawndale extended his winning streak to three races at Irwindale. He won the Classic Stocks race after taking the figure 8 and Classic Stocks season openers two weeks ago.
Larry Cerquettini of Redlands won his second NASCAR Super Stocks race in a row. Only eight cars started the Super Stocks race, down two cars from opening night two weeks ago. It was one of the smallest fields to start a race at Irwindale. The biggest field to start a Super Stocks race at Irwindale was 45 cars, twice in 2001.

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