JOANIDES TAKES TWO 2009 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT IRWINDALE
(10-03-09) - By Ed Hollowell - IRWINDALE, CA -Nick
Joanides won his third Auto Club Late Model main of the year and, more
importantly he took the series title for 2009. It was an historic win
that made Nick Joanides the first driver to win two series
championships in the same year and they were in the top two series at
Irwindale, the ACDelco Super Late Models and the Auto Club Late Models.
Huddleston lead until lap 21 when Joanides got tired of
following him and took the lead. Joanides took a comfortable lead in a
short amount of time and was six to eight car lengths ahead for most of
the remainder of the race. The one time which Joanides lead was in
danger was on a restart on lap 24 when Huddleston went into the first
turn far too fast and actually passed Nick. He paid for his bad judgment
by nearly hitting the wall in turn two where Joanides passed him to lead
once more. Huddleston slid back to sixth place. By the end of the race
Huddleston had recovered to finish fifth.