(10-03-09) - By Keith Lair - IRWINDALE - The Late Model title was an afterthought.

The goal for Woodland Hills' Nick Joanides and La Verne's Loyd McGhee was to win a second consecutive Toyota Speedway at Irwindale ACDelco Super Late Model series title and contend for a NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series championship.

Joanides did both, winning the track title for his car owner and finishing third in national points.

But what Joanides did on Saturday night, in front of 5,000, may have been more impressive than winning another Super Late title. Joanides became the first driver to win two track titles in the same year. He finished a safe fourth in the first Twin 40 race and then got the victory in the series finale to take the Automobile Club of Southern California Late Model series. The two divisions are the track's top series. SEE VIDEO ON THE "VIDEOS" PAGE / TIM KENNEDY STORY / KEITH LAIR STORY  / ED HOLLOWELL STORY