Joanides Wins Vegas Finale!
(11-10-07) After posting the fastest time in practice by nearly two full tenths of a second, driver Nick Joanides was poised for a big weekend in Vegas. The Vegas trip was his first in three years. The day turned sour when Joanides hit oil on the track and slid into the wall, severely damaging the car. The J&M Racing team with Jackson Race Cars worked feverishly to replace all of the right front suspension and straighten the rear end. They completed as much as they could and made it out just in time to qualify. Without any set-up being put into the car after the repairs, Joanides still managed to post the 9th quickest lap among the 43 competitors.
The top 10 cars battled hard all race long with positions changing every lap. Joanides moved up to fifth by lap seventy five. The top six cars were all battling in close formation. With nine laps remaining, first and second were battling side by side, as were third and fourth. Joanides dove low to take the third position. At the same time, the two leaders made contact, setting off a six car melee. Joanides was able to stay low and avoid the two leaders and come out in front. He got a great restart and led to the finish. The win was his fourth in six races for the Lloyd McGhee owned team.
Joanides Wins Irwindale Finale!
(11-03-07) Five races ago, Nick Joanides was hired as a "substitute" driver for the Lloyd McGhee owned team. He certainly made the most of the opportunity, winning three of the five races, including this weekends season finale. His worst finish in those races was a fourth place finish and he fell just a whisker short of a fourth win. He ended up second in his third race for the team. With the win, Joanides became the winningest driver in the ACLM series in 2007, despite competing in only 5 of the 16 scheduled races. Including the last three races of 2006 in this series, Joanides has posted an amazing 1.9 average finish in his last 8 races. "I've got to thank this team for the great opportunity. Jackson Race Cars did an awesome job with the chassis set up and I'm happy we could get Bill Lowe his first win in the series as an engine builder" commented Joanides.
Nick would like to thank all of the team sponsors for their support. J&M Construction, Mr. Crane, Western Concrete Pumping, White Cap Construction Supply, NMC Group, Ahern Equipment Rentals & Santa Rosa Developers.
Joanides Falls Just Short in 3 for 3 Bid!
Joanides Wins Second Consecutive Race for McGhee!
(09-01-07) Nick Joanides continued his hot streak with his second consecutive win and fourteenth top five finish in his past fifteen races. In the second race filling in for the #77, Lloyd McGhee owned team's suspended driver, he and the Jackson Race Cars built car are now two for two. Joanides again was the fastest car in practice. In qualifying however, the car was a little too tight, resulting in a fourth place run. Nick took third on lap 4. He chased down the second place car from about eight car-lengths back and made the pass on lap 24. Following a restart with just ten laps to go, he pressured the leader for two laps before making the winning move to the outside of turn three with just eight laps remaining. Once in the lead, Joanides easily pulled away for the win.
Joanides Dominates in Wire to Wire Win!
(08-18-07) One week ago, Nick Joanides' incredible streak of 20 consecutive top 10 and 11 consecutive top 5 finishes came to an end when his ignition box failed just fourteen laps from the finish while battling for the third position. Making his streak all the more impressive is the fact that this streak came while driving for several different car owners in eight different cars. This week, Nick added another car owner and ninth car to the list in a big way.
"I have to thank Lloyd (car owner) for the opportunity to drive his car. I was a little worried on Friday with as far off as we were, but Tony and Dave (Jackson Race Cars) did a great job getting the car dialed in so quickly and today ended up being a pretty easy day. It's tough to win races in any situation and for us to do it in our first try together is just amazing"
Joanides & Speed Wong Racing Continue Hot Streak
(05-26-07) The Speed Wong Racing team is beginning to flex its muscle. After another strong second place finish, driver Nick Joanides has now posted five consecutive top five finishes, including three runner up finishes. They currently have the best average finish of any team in the division. Their 2.5 average finish, easily surpasses the next highest teams 4.4 average finish.
The season got off to a rough start due to some bad luck and unfortunate on track incidents. Prior to the sixth event of the season, each of the other cars had not yet posted a top ten finish. The Speed Wong team, led by crew chief Dean Klock and owner Darryl Wong have worked diligently to get the program on the right track. Their hard work has quickly paid off on all levels. Rip Michels, the most prolific driver at the track with 48 career wins has been dominating the season thus far. However, with the efforts of Speed Wong Racing over the past several weeks, Joanides has finished second to Michels in three of the past four races. Each time distancing himself further and further from the third place car and closing the gap on the Michels team, which has the more powerful Ford engines. More importantly, the teams results are strong across the board. FULL STORY (Videos Also Available on the Next Page.
Joanides Falls Just Short in Second Race for Speed Wong Racing
(04-21-07) After a solid fourth place finish in the prior event, crew chief Dean Klock decided to make just minor changes to the car during the off week. The changes proved to be huge as they improved from being a solid top five team, to having one of the dominant cars in the event. In just his second start driving the new Jackson Race Cars built 21 car for Speed Wong Racing, driver Nick Joanides nearly pulled off a win. Only a false start allowed to stand by Irwindale officials kept the team out of Victory Lane. Nick was however able to come from the fourth position to finish nearly nose to tail with the leader and more than five seconds ahead of the third place car. FULL STORY
Joanides Scores First Top 5 Finish of Season for Speed Wong Racing
(04-14-07) Nick Joanides headed into his first true test with his new team with high expectations, both from the driver himself and the Speed Wong Racing team. The team had a rough start to the year due to many things beyond their control. "This team is the most well organized team I've ever driven for and owner, Darryl Wong provides them with all the resources they need to be up front every week" said Joanides.
After two weeks of disappointment for the team, Nick was able to quickly move up from his 10th starting into 7th. He easily ran down the top 6 cars. The car he was battling with for sixth was running different racing lines each lap, leaving Nick little room to pass. Not wanting to chance getting caught up in a wreck, he stayed extremely patient and methodically worked to get around. With 8 laps to go, he was finally able to take the position and proceeded on to pass two more cars and bring home a solid 4th place finish for the team. FULL STORY
JOANIDES CHARGES FROM LAST TO FIRST IN 14 LAPS!
(10-7-06) Nick Joanides again put on an amazing performance. After qualifying second fastest, Irwindale Speedway officials decided to invert the entire field, putting him in the last row of the field for the start. After coming from 31st to 3rd in the previous event, Joanides was excited about the opportunity to duplicate his performance and he did not disappoint. From the drop of the green flag, he blistered through the field with three wide passes through the middle and down low and took the lead in only 14 laps. FULL STORY
JOANIDES POSTS RECORD SETTING PERFORMANCE!
(9-23-06) The Borenstein Racing Team had hoped for a boring race from their pole position. Nascar officials however made sure that would not be the case when they penalized driver Nick Joanides for “lagging back at the start”. With the penalty, Joanides was forced to start at the rear of the 31 car field. From there, Joanides put on an amazing display as he passed more cars than any other driver ever had in a 40 lap race, finishing in the third position. FULL STORY
JOANIDES SCORES FIRST WIN FOR BORENSTEIN RACING!
(9-2-06) Driving for team owner Loren Borenstein, driver Nick Joanides scored Borenstein Racing's first victory in just their first year of existence. This series has been considered very uneventful this season as two teams have dominated all year, winning all but one of the first ten races. Joanides produced what is already being called the most exciting race of the season as he completed the pass for the win with just two laps remaining in a three wide battle for the lead at Irwindale Speedway. The two drivers that have dominated all season finished second and third. FULL STORY
BORENSTEIN RACING MOVES UP TO 4TH IN THE STANDINGS
(8-26-06) Borenstein Racing with driver Nick Joanides were mired back in 21st in the point standings after the first three races of the season, however after working through issues with a new car, have shown championship caliber consistency and have climbed into the 4th position in the season standings. After struggling for a couple of weeks with a very loose race car, the team made drastic changes to the car and finally got the handling back. On Saturday night however, they experience an issue with the motor losing significant power. Nick's corner speeds were the best of any car on the race track, but unfortunately were losing twice as much time on the straight-aways. Nick started the first race in the 9th position, however the car in front missed a shift at the start, dropping Nick back to the 13th position. He climbed up to the 11th position by the break. With the motor down on power, passing was extremely difficult, but Nick was able to work his way up to the 6th position at the finish.
BORENSTEIN RACING SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES COAST TO COAST WEEKEND
(7-15-06) The weekend certainly was not easy and they had to overcome several obstacles, but with virtually no time to spare, the Borenstein Racing Team successfully completed a carefully orchestrated coast to coast weekend. They competed in back to back events between New Hampshire and California in 24 hours.
Although they struggled with the handling of the car in the Grand National East Series event, they still posted respectable qualifying and finish results. Then followed that up with their fifth consecutive top ten finish in their regularly scheduled event at Irwindale Speedway. FULL STORY
AND BORENSTEIN RACING SET TO MAKE GRAND NATIONAL SERIES DEBUT AT NEW
(7-11-06) With the goal of moving up to the Grand National West Series full time in 2007, Borenstein Racing, with driver Nick Joanides is taking the first step toward building a competitive program. They will compete in the Nascar Grand National Busch East Series event at New Hampshire this weekend to see how they stack up against the competition. FULL STORY
HAS STRONG SHOWING AT THE ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN
running virtually every race more than 2,000 miles from home this
season, it took Nick Joanides more than 40,000 miles of round trip
travel to compete in the Nascar Autozone Elite Division Midwest Series
with a goal (and just about every full time drivers goal in the Elite
Division) of earning an invitation to the Toyota All-Star Showdown which
ironically is held at his home track, Irwindale Speedway, just 40 miles
from his home.
Due to the distance for Nicks EDS Motorsports team which is based in Appleton Wisconsin to Irwindale Speedway, team owner asked Nick if he could make other arrangements for the Showdown. Nick teamed with Gail Chase and Jackson Race Cars to compete in the event.
Practice began on Thursday and the team showed their strength out of the box, posting lap times in the top 5 in both practice sessions. They followed up their efforts on Friday with another top 5 practice run and were poised for the first preliminary race. Nick started the event in the 5th position and by lap 5 had already charged up to the second position. Once there, leader Greg Pursley had built about a 2 second lead on the field, however Nick was posting the fastest lap times and closing in. A caution flew at lap 15 to bunch up the field. Pursley got a jump on the restart, however as the race settled into it's first long green flag run, Nick's car became loose exiting the corners. Nick managed to hold on to a top 5 finish.
The team headed to main event on Saturday evening with high hopes. Nick started the race in the 10th position and settled in to that position through the first portion of the race when the loose condition developed again. The team pitted several times through the remainder of the event to make adjustments to the car, falling as far back as 36th. With the last third of the race being plagued by several cautions, passing opportunities were limited, but Nick still managed to get back up to the 15th position in the 40 car field. Not what the team had hoped for after being solidly in the top 5 all weekend, but still a solid finish after coming from the rear.
NICK JOANIDES QUALIFIES FOR THE ALL STAR SHOWDOWN
(10-08-05) After traveling over 40,000 miles this season to compete in the Nascar Autozone Elite Division Midwest Series, Nick Joanides headed to La Crosse Speedway needing to maintain his 10th place position in the point standings to qualify for the All Star Showdown which is practically in his backyard at Irwindale Speedway, located just 40 miles from his home in Woodland Hills, California.
Nick blew a tire early in practice and the team was not able to get the new tires back from Hoosier in time for him to get back on the track for practice. Having never seen the track before this weekend, expectations for qualifying were low since the team never really got an opportunity to work on the handling of the car in practice. Nick and the team however were pleasantly surprised with a strong 12th place qualifying effort.
In the first five laps of the race, something in the right front collapsed, causing the car to be extremely tight. From this point, Nick just concentrated on the big picture and raced only the cars he was competing against for the top 10 finish in the standings. While he struggled with the car all night long, Nick did manage a respectable 14th place finish and gained one position in the points to finish 9th in the final point standings. His finish secured his invitation to the Showdown, where he will rejoin Jackson Race Cars, driving a car owned by Gail Chase, combining his 2005 EDS Motorsports Midwest Series team with his 2004 Colorfast Southwest Series team for this event.
NICK JOANIDES TO RUN FINAL TWO EVENTS IN THE WEST SERIES
(9-15-05) Nick Joanides and Puskarich Racing are teaming up to run the final two races in the Nascar Grand National West Division at Thunder Hill Raceway and Mesa Marin Raceway. "After a great top-3 at Mesa Marin last year, I really wanted to go back this year and with Nascar's influence, we decided to go ahead and run at Thunder Hill Raceway in Texas as well".
"I love Mesa and although it has not always returned the same love to me, it was very important for me to be a part of the final event ever run there and thanks to Tom Puskarich and his team, I will have the opportunity to do that" Joanides said. FULL STORY
TABLES FINALLY TURN FOR JOANIDES AT KENTUCKY WITH A 4TH PLACE FINISH.
(9-10-05) After a season with great performances, but horrible luck, resulting in no top 10 finishes going into Kentucky, Nick Joanides and his EDS Motorsports team hoped to get on the right track. This time however the tables were completely reversed as it appeared their season was not going to improve at Kentucky Speedway. They qualified just 26th out of 30 cars, nearly three seconds off the pace. This event was a special combination race between the Southeast Series and Midwest series. The Southeast series clearly had the advantage at Kentucky, where restrictor plates are used to slow the cars overall speed. The Midwest series teams had never competed in a restrictor plate race, where as the Southeast series has several restrictor plate events and their experience showed as they took 17 of the top 20 positions in qualifying. Nicks times were just 8/10ths of a second off of the majority of the Midwest series competitors. When the race started, Nick used his experience in the draft to charge his way through the field and bring home a solid 4th place finish, by far the best finish of the season. FULL STORY
BAD LUCK FOR JOANIDES AT MILWAUKEE
(8-28-05) As the entire season has gone for Nick Joanides and his EDS Motorsports team, their performance and speed has been solid, but out of the ordinary problems keep preventing the team from getting the finishes they feel they deserve. Milwaukee was no different with a broken wheel being the culprit this time, ruining what was sure to be at least a top 5 finish. FULL STORY
BRAKES SPOIL TOP-5 RUN AT ROCKFORD
(4-03-05) Nick Joanides went back to school as he ran his first first ever laps at Rockford Speedway in Illinois, with his new EDS Motorsports team. Nick quickly adapted to his new team and the track and started the race from the outside of the front row. Nick ran solidly in the top 5 through the first 100 laps of the 150 race when his brakes began to fail, forcing him to cruise to the finish, ending up with a 14th place finish. "It's not the finish we had hoped for, but we had a solid top-5 run going until the brakes went out, so I'm happy about the potential I see with this team and how well we ran for our first race together. I was really impressed with how hard this team works, they're a great bunch of guys and I look forward to getting to the next race in Colorado", said Joanides.
VERSATILE DRIVER NICK JOANIDES!