Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Joanides prepares for triple duty in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale

Nick Joanides, a driver from Woodland Hills, became the first driver in the history of Toyota Speedway at Irwindale to win the NASCAR Super Late Model and Late Model championships in the same year. He will next try to win all three races of the Toyota All-Star Showdown at the end of the month.
Joanides will be entered in the NASCAR Late Model, Super Late Model and Camping World Series races at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale at the end of the month.
“In the Late Model and Super Late Model Showdown races, I think we have a very good chance to do well,” Joanides said.
Joanides won the Super Late Model championship at the track last year by winning 13 of the 21 races. He won the Late Model championship with only three wins. But he proved he was a threat to win race in both divisions.
His success at the Camping World Series level has not been so great. He has only three top-10 finishes in Camping World Series races, his best finish a ninth-place at Colorado National Speedway in 2004.
“The Camping World Series race is a bit of an unknown,” Joanides said. “We’re not tried and true at the track in those cars. If we can get the car to handle, we’d like to try to win it.”
Joanides will be driving cars owned by Loyd McGhee in the Super Late Model and Late Model races. McGhee funded the cars driven by Joanides at Irwindale.
His Camping World Series car is a NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford Fusion acquired by Joe Nava.
The Camping World Series car will carry the No. 70, a tribute to the late Chris Trickle. Trickle died in 1998 after being shot outside Las Vegas in an unsolved freeway shooting in 1997.
Joanides visited Trickle and his family in an Inglewood hospital after the shooting. Trickle was in a coma and hospitalized for months while he was evaluated by brain specialists.
The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown consists of three races, a 225-lap Camping World Series race, a 100-lap Super Late Model race and a 75-lap Late Model race.

Photo: NASCAR driver Nick Joanides will enter all three races at the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

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