Joanides Picks Up 10th Win, While McGhee Gets His 2nd.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer

08/01/2009 10:29:47 PM PDT

IRWINDALE - It was a productive Saturday night for Nick Joanides at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

The veteran driver won one 40-lap NASCAR ACDelco Super Late Model race and was second in another as he added to his points lead with solid efforts.

Joanides, who started second, used a high pass coming into turn 1 on lap 21 and went to lead the final 19 circuits before beating second-place David Ross by nearly five seconds at the stripe.

"This was a good night for the points," Joanides said. "I have to apologize to (Ross). We got in too deep there in turn one and we touched, but we were racing hard.

"We saved the tires in the first race and it paid off in the second."

The first Super Late race was a two-car battle, with Rip Michels leading from start to finish.

He got the jump from his pole position and held off several inside passing attempts from Joanides before stretching out his advantage late to win the 40-lap race by 1.197 seconds.

"I think Nick and I were playing a chess game out there," Michels said. "We both wouldn't back down. But we were also trying to save the car for the second race.

"I think he was trying to figure things out for the second race and I was trying to check some things for the second race. But we put on a great show."

Joanides made several attempts to take the lead, but Michels was there to shut him down on each try. He pulled within a car length during the middle of the race. He nearly caught Michels on 13th and 25th laps, but could not pass Michels.

"It was a good race," Joanides said. "But we had to think about the second race, so we'll take second (place)."

Joanides has now won 10 of the seasons 15 races in the Super Late Model division. His worst finish of the season was a third place run in the last event.

Christian McGhee, son of Joanides’ team owner, Loyd McGhee, picked up his second win of his young career. The 10 year old driver is in his first year of racing competition and has posted 10 top 5 finishes in 12 starts this season.