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Nick Joanides takes over lead in NASCAR Late Model standings at Irwindale

August 22, 2009 | 10:54 pm

Nick Joanides, a driver from Woodland Hills, took over the lead in the NASCAR Late Model standings at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night.

Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills, the reigning Late Model champion at the track, crashed with teammate Beau Debard on lap 20 of the 50-lap race. Huddleston fell to last place in the race as a result of the wreck and finished in 18th place in the 21-car field.

Joanides finished third and has an 18-point lead in the Late Model standings with five races remaining in the season.

Mike Johnson of Covina won his third Late Model race in a row.

Go to Haddock in the Paddock for video interviews of the drivers and recaps of all the races at Irwindale.

-- Tim Haddock