Sunday, September 20, 2009

Irving snaps Johnson's four-race NASCAR Late Model win streak at Irwindale

Mike Johnson of Covina had his four-race win streak in the NASCAR Late Model division snapped at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night.
Johnson was rear-ended by Dallas Colodny in the first of two Late Model races at the track. Johnson’s car suffered rear-end damage and a flat tire which resulted in a 17th-place finish.
Johnson didn’t fare much better in the second race, coming in 10th place.
Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills, the leader in the Late Model standings at the track, posted a pair of top fives to maintain his lead. He was second in the first race, fourth in the second race, and holds a 34-point lead over Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills, the reigning Late Model champion at the track.
Travis Irving of Corona won both Late Model races. He has three wins on the season and recorded his first victory at the track since April 25.
Dalton Kuhn of San Marcos won the South West Tour Trucks race, his fifth win in six races at Irwindale. Jeff Williams of Newbury Park was second, followed by Christian Copley of Santa Ynez, the leader in the South West Tour Trucks standings, in third.
Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill won the NASCAR Super Trucks race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night and gave himself a little breathing room atop the Super Trucks standings at the track.
Mintey, the reigning Super Trucks champion, has a 10-point lead over R.J. Johnson of Canyon Country with two races remaining.
Mintey won his fourth race of the season and his first since July 25. Johnson has six wins in the Super Truck division and won three in a row in June. His last win came on Sept. 5.
Valencia’s Joe Anderson was seventh and Canyon Country John Watkinson was 11th in the 17-truck field.
Rich DeLong III of Santa Clarita was fifth in the NASCAR Super Stocks race. Larry Cerquettini of Redlands won the race, his eighth of the season. Cerquettini opened the season with seven wins in a row. His win Saturday night was his first since July 18.
DeLong, winner of two Super Stocks races this year, is third in the Super Stocks standings at the track, 36 points behind Cerquettini.

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