JOANIDES AND MCGHEE PULL J&M RACING
By Andy Villanueva
Irwindale, California - An estimated 2,000 fans braved the wind and
threatening rain clouds for one of the most exciting nights of racing.
Joanides swept the Twin 40's in the AC Delco Super Late Models while
J&M Racing team owner’s son, Christian McGhee, became a first time
winner in the Jan’s Towing Bandolero division Saturday night.
DELCO SUPER LATE MODELS - Race one - 40 Laps
Joanides, who posted the fastest qualifying time earlier in the day,
returned to the winner's circle with a thrilling duel with Rip Michels
to take the opening AC Delco Super Late Model race of the evening.
Haase, who drives for Sprint Cup series superstar, Kyle Busch, started
outside of row one and jumped to the early lead. Joanides needed just 19
laps to pass race leader Haase.
race however, shaped up to between Joanides and Michels with 17 laps to
go when Michels dove down to the bottom of the track but could never get
am getting tired of chasing Joanides," said Michels of his battle
with Nick. "I was getting to rough him up a little and we
were banging and bumping a little for awhile."
one point of the race, Joanides and Michels raced side by side bumping
each other with neither giving an inch. It was Joanides that would
pull clear once Michels realized he would never get past the eventual
made me work for that win tonight," said Joanides. "The
King of Irwindale is trying to get his crown back and he pushed me all
Michels is the all time win leader at Toyota Speedway with 57 victories since the track opened in 1999. Joanides has racked up 25 wins since joining J&M Racing in August of 2007.
Moore rounded out the top three to stay in second in the points.
TOWING BANDOLEROS - 20 LAPS
McGhee was the beneficiary of a late lap spin by leaders Aaron Anderson
and Ryan Cansdale that saw both of them get sent to the back of the
Dunkleberger was third, while Anderson eventually finished sixth and
Cansdale was eighth.
DELCO SUPER LATE MODELS - Race Two - 40 LAPS
Joanides made it a clean sweep for race team owner Loyd McGhee as his
J&M Racing Super Late Model was hooked up from the start and cruised
to a easy victory.
now know why I drive the car and my crew chief, Dave Jackson, makes the
necessary adjustments," said Joanides of his win. "I
just drove a real fast car. My crew chief made the changes and it
made this Jackson Race Cars car easy to drive."
Joanides it was his sixth victory in the division's nine races with the
other three being runner-up finishes and propelled him to fourth
Nascar's national point standings.
started on the pole and jumped to the early lead. He maintained it
through the first 17 laps. Joanides however was just too strong and took
over the top spot on lap 18 and checked out on the field.
have never seen a car that good," said eventual third place
finisher Rip Michels. "Nick had that car dialed in. It
is a once every four years spectacle to see a car run that good."
Michels it was no consolation to finish third after battling Joanides
for the lead early in the race only to have his car get loose as the
Vegas invader and Kyle Busch driver Alex Haase ran a competitive second
as he over took Michels on lap 26 and attempted to catch Joanides.
Joanides extended his AC Delco Super Late Model points lead to 62 points. His nearest rivals are Dan Moore and Michels. Joanides also leads the Auto Club Late Model standings at the track.