Nick Joanides quietly established himself as a top contender in the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring division in 2001. He had only started 20 races in the series prior to 2001, with only one top five and three top 10's to his credit. In 2001, Joanides finished in the top five three times with seven top 10's and moved into the top five at seasons end.
The JSI team had to do more with less due to a lack of funding, but Joanides and his team buckled down and fought for every position on the track, passing more cars than any other driver in the series. His fourth place in points was the highest for an owner/driver in the series.
Over the past four seasons, Joanides has posted incredible numbers. Driving for no less than eight different teams in nine different Nascar divisions, he has posted 36 wins, 94 top fives and 108 top tens in his past 113 races.
In 2008 Joanides drove in two separate divisions for J&M Racing, the team he joined in late 2007 and won four of six events. After 10 wins and 17 podium finishes in 19 races, he clinched the Championship in the premier Super Late Model Division. He missed the Late Model title by just 8 points.
As good as 2008 was, 2009 was unbelievable. He won 14 races and posted 21 top 2 finishes in 23 starts to claim his second consecutive championship. He also won the California State championship, the Lucas Oil Slick Mist championship as well as Auto Club Late Model Championship at Toyota Speedway, becoming the only driver in track history to win titles in the tracks top 2 divisions, let alone in the same season.