IRWINDALE - The season has been Shakespearean. Nothing could have been better for Nick Joanides.
Saturday night, he put his bookend to a near-perfect Toyota Speedway at Irwindale storybook Super Late Model season. He led all but one lap in the division's final race of the season. The Woodland Hills resident cleaned up the cash again, taking the Eibach Springs 100 in front of 3,000. He earned $5,000 for the win.
"By comparison, it may have been the first or second-best race all year, performance-wise," he said. "Everything was hooked up. We got the motor fixed up from last week and it was a rocket."
Joanides, who finished third in the nation in NASCAR's Whelen All-American points race, won his second consecutive track title two weeks ago. Saturday, he tied Greg Pursley, the 2004 national champion, with most wins in a single season, with 14.
Joanides won the other 100-lapper, the regular-season opener in March. His worst finish this season in the car was fifth. He had six second-place finishes and one third.
"Basically we broke every statistical record that could be broken," he said. "We shattered every record that there was, except for wins, which we tied."
Not even a final restart with five laps to go could lead to any driver challenging Joanides. He led virtually unchallenged all race long. Ricky McCray of Highland finished second for $2,000 and Ryan Partridge of Rancho Cucamonga was third for $1,700.
Joanides is also the current point leader in the Auto Club Late Model division and will attempt to become the first driver in track history to win championships in the top two divisions at the track. The Late Model season concludes on October 3rd with twin main events. Joanides holds a 34 point edge over defending and three time champion, Tim Huddleston.