Saturday, June 13, 2009

Two Johnsons win in Irwindale, Las Vegas

Mike Johnson of Covina won the NASCAR Late Model race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night. It was his first win of the season at the track, snapping the three-race winning streak of Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills.
Johnson was the runner-up in three of the past four Late Model races at the track. Huddleston finished second and Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills was third.
Joanides leads the Late Model standings. He has a six-point lead over Huddleston, the reigning Late Model champion at Irwindale.
Johnson won on the same night his son, Matt, won at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Johnson, 29, won his first race of the year in the Charger division at the Bullring.
It was Mike Johnson’s first win at Irwindale since winning the Late Model race of the Toyota All-Star Showdown in January.
Donny St. Ours of Upland won the Legends Cars race. It was his second Legends win of the season and his second win in his past three races. Brent Scheidemantle of Alta Loma was second, followed by Chad Schug of Oak Hills in third.
Brandon Toy of Bakersfield, the leader in the Legends standings at the track, was fourth.
St. Ours was also in the ASA Speed Trucks race and finished 15th.
Ken Michaelian of Lawndale won the Classic Stocks race. It was his fifth win in six Classic Stock race at the track. Michaelian, the leader in the Classic Stock standings, has won the past two races and has yet to finish worse than second.
Tommy Agosta of Chino was second followed by Mike Colato Jr. of Chatsworth in third.
Larry Cerquettini of Redlands won his fifth Super Stocks race in a row. He is undefeated at Irwindale this season. In addition to his five Super Stocks wins, he has a figure 8 win.
Gary Frankovich of Barstow was second and Garret Cromsigt of Saugus, making his second start of the season, was third.
Jeremiah Wagner of Las Vegas won the ASA Speed Trucks race after Cole Cabrera knocked Randel King out of the lead on the final lap of the race. Cabrera crossed the finish line first, but he was penalized for getting into the side of King’s car between turns 3 and 4.
King, a driver from Riverside, entered the race as the leader in the ASA Speed Trucks standings and dropped to third. He ended up in sixth-place in the race. Cabrera, a driver from Exeter, was credited with a 17th-place finish.
Jamie Bennet of Fullerton was second and Joey Licata of Van Nuys was third.
Lee Hatch, five years removed from his last ASA Speed Trucks championship and more than three years removed from his last race, returned to the race track Saturday night at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
Hatch, a 41-year-old driver from Alta Loma, won the ASA Speed Truck championship in 2003 and 2004. He retired from racing after the 2006 season. But Hatch decided to end his retirement for at least two races this season.
He made his return in his dad’s No. 91 BHRM Motorsports Chevrolet Colorado at Irwindale. His plan is to race again in September at Irwindale. Those will be the only two races he will enter this year. He was eighth in his season debut.
Hatch was the ASA Speed Truck rookie of the year in 2002 and has won 32 Speed Truck races, the most of any drivers in the history of the series. In his championship season in 2004, Hatch won 12 races.

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