Saturday, June 6, 2009

Joanides sweeps Super Late Model twin races at Irwindale

Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills swept the NASCAR Super Late Model races at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night. He won both Super Late Model races and extended his lead to 62 points in the standings at the track.
It was his fifth and sixth wins of the season in the Super Late Model division. The reigning Super Late Model champion has won three of the last four races and five of his last seven.
In the first Super Late Models race, Joanides finished ahead of Rip Michels of San Fernando, who was second, and Dan Moore of Burbank in third.
Alex Haase, a driver from Las Vegas and one of the drivers for Kyle Busch Motorsports, finished fourth. Haase is the reigning Pro All Star Series champion and rookie of the year. The 19-year-old driver led the first 20 laps of the first Super Late Model race at Irwindale before giving way to Joanides.
Joanides and Haase finished 1-2 in the second Super Late Model race. Michels was third.
In addition to his five wins in the Super Late Model division, Joanides has two wins in the Late Model division and is the leader in the Late Model standings at the track.
R.J. Johnson of Canyon Country won the NASCAR Super Trucks race. It was his second win of the season at the track. Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill was second, followed by Jeff Peterson of Riverside.
Mintey is the leader in the Super Trucks standings.
Brandon Toy of Bakersfield won the Legends Cars race. Ryan Reed of Bakersfield was second, followed by Mark Iungerich in third.
Toy, the leader in the Legend Cars standings at the track, won his first race of the season at Irwindale.
Christian McGhee of La Verne won the Bandoleros race, his first of the season. Lexi Moore of Burbank was second, followed by Blake Dunkleberger of Simi Valley.
McGhee is the son of Lloyd McGhee, who owns the Super Late Model car driven by Joanides. Moore is the daughter of Dan Moore, who races in the Super Late Model division at the track.

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