Saturday, April 10, 2010
Nick Joanides wins second NASCAR Super Late Model race in a row at Irwindale
Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills easily won the NASCAR Super Late Models race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale before 1,571 on Saturday night.
It was the second win in a row for Joanides, the reigning Super Late Model champion at Irwindale. His margin of victory was 1.578 seconds.
“It wasn’t as easy as it looked,” Joanides said. “I was driving for my life, getting as much distance between them. It’s a tough field. These cars that are here, there are a lot of good ones.”
Joanides said his team is running out of money and might not make it out for the next Super Late Model race in two weeks. He said his team will have to make a decision to either run the Super Late Model car or the Late Model car. Joanides is the reigning champion in both the Super Late Models and Late Models at Irwindale. He was 19th in the Late Model season opener last Saturday night.
“I’m just hoping we can come back in two weeks,” Joanides said.
Rookie Ryan Reed of Bakersfield was second, followed by Sergio Pena from Winchester, Va., a rookie in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Pena nearly won the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale in January, finishing second to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano.
“This is my favorite track by far,” Pena said.
Reed and Pena battled for second place throughout the race. Randel King from Fullerton challenged for the runner-up spot on the final laps of the race, but finished in fourth.
“I was a little bit stressed, but I held my line,” Reed said. “(Pena) raced me clean. I have nothing but respect for him.”
There were only 13 cars to start the Super Late Model race. Ten cars finished on the lead lap.
In other races, Chad Schug of Oak Hills won the Legend Cars race. Brent Scheidemantle of Alta Loma was second, followed by Mark Iungerich of Granada Hills was third.
Dennis Croasmun of Alta Loma won his first NASCAR Mini Stocks race in nearly four years. He finished ahead of Daryl Scoggins of Sunland and Jacob Rogers of Riverside.
Rogers won the Mini Stocks season opener and leads the Mini Stocks standings after two races.
Luis Martinez Jr. of Long Beach won the S2 stock car race. Martinez is a rookie in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and finished 17th in Thursday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Martinez has more than a month off before his next West Series race at Iowa Speedway on May 23.
Travis Thirkettle, a driver from Fillmore, was second in the S2 race. He was followed by Roman Lagudi of Las Vegas.
Jeff Williams of Newbury Park won his second South West Tour Trucks race in row. He has won the first two races of the South West Tour Trucks season.
Michael Zimmerman of Hemet was second, followed by Neil Conrad of Arcadia.