Saturday, May 2, 2009

Gay wins first Super Late Model race at Irwindale

Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills won one of the NASCAR Super Late Model races at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night. Joanides, the leader in the Super Late Model standings at the track, won his fourth Super Late Model race and his sixth race at the track this season. He also has two wins in the Late Model division and is the leader in the Late Model standings at the track.
Rip Michels of San Fernado was second, followed by Dan Moore of Burbank in third.
In the first NASCAR Super Late Model race, Danny Gay of Lakeside won his first race at the track. He finished ahead of Joanides and Luis Martinez of Long Beach. Gay was 18th in the second Super Late Model race. Starting from the pole, he was caught up in a first-lap crash when Martinez hit him from behind. The crash knocked Gay out of the race. He said the damage to his car was mostly cosmetic. His front end, hood and fenders took the brunt of the damage. Gay said his radiator needs to be replaced, but other than that, his engine did not look like it was badly damaged.
Patrick Long, who was born in Thousand Oaks and is a sports car driver who has won two 24 Hours of Le Mans races in the GT2 class and a 24 Hours of Daytona race, was in the Super Late Model races. He was 11th in the first race and fourth in the second race.
R.J. Johnson of Canyon Country won his first NASCAR Super Trucks race of the season at the track. He finished ahead of Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill, the leader in the Super Trucks standings, and Grant Hebner of Fallbrook.
Darren Amidon of Santee won the Legends Car, his first of the season. Ryan Reed of Bakersfield was second, followed by Gary Scheuerell. Chad Schug of Oak Hills, the leader in the Legend Cars standings, was 17th.
Ryan Cansdale won the Bandoleros race. Aaron Anderson was second and Blake Dunkleberger was third.
Steve Stewart of Long Beach won the Outlaw Figure 8s race. Billy Ziemann of Bloomington was second, followed by Tony Curtis of Hawthorne.

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