Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills won the NASCAR Whelen All-American California State Championship on Saturday night at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. Now his sights are set on a national championship.
Joanides won a pair of NASCAR Super Late Model races at Irwindale, his 13th and 14th of the season, and wrapped up the state short track stock car racing title. He has a shot, albeit a slim one, to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American National Championship.
Two drivers from Irwindale have won the NASCAR national short track racing championship. Rip Michels of San Fernando, a four-time track champion at Irwindale, was the first to do it in 2003. Greg Pursley, who is now racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series West, followed Michels by winning the national championship in 2004.
Joanides is leading the Super Late Model and Late Model standings at Irwindale. No driver has ever won both the Super Late Model and Late Model championship at the track in the same season.
In other racing action, Randel King of Riverside won the S2 stock car race, his third in four S2 races at the track this season. Andrew Anderson of Lancaster was second, followed by Kyle Longmore of Camarillo in third.
Rich DeLong III of Santa Clarita won the NASCAR Super Stocks race. It was his second win in the past three Super Stocks races at the track. He was followed by Larry Cerquettini of Redlands, the leader in the Super Stocks standings, in second and Eric Sunness of Chatsworth in third.
Daryl Scoggins of Sunland won the NASCAR Mini Stocks race. It was his fifth win of the season and his first since June 20. Jacob Rogers of Riverside was second, followed by Kevin Bernhardt of Fontana in third. Scoggins leads the Mini Stocks standings by 34 points over Tyler Rogers of Riverside.