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Canyon Country’s RJ Johnson Wins Second Straight NASCAR Late Model Race At Irwindale

R.J. Johnson won his second NASCAR Late Model race in a row and is starting to pull away in the Late Model standings at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

Johnson finished ahead of Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills, the reigning Late Model champion at Irwindale, and Chris Holloway from Bakersfield on Saturday night. Johnson has yet to finish worse than third in four Late Model races at the track this year.

He survived two caution periods and took over the lead from Joanides on lap 15. Joey Licata and Brandon Davis collided on lap 21 and brought out the second of two caution periods in the race. Johnson was in the lead at the time and was able to stay out in front when the race restarted.

Joanides said his clutch was slipping and it prevented him from getting a jump on Johnson during the restarts.

With the win, Johnson increased his lead in the Late Model standings to 28 points over Travis Irving of Norco. Holloway is in fourth place in the Late Model standings, followed by Joanides in fifth.

In other races, Rich DeLong III of Santa Clarita won his fourth race of the season in the NASCAR Super Stocks. He leads the Super Stocks standings 22 points over Bryan Harrell of Riverside.

Jason DeLong, Rich’s brother, finished 10th in the Super Stocks race.

Bill Sedgwick of Acton made a rare appearance in the NASCAR Super Trucks at Irwindale. The former NASCAR Truck Series driver and crew chief for Luis Martinez Jr. in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West has been known to make a start or two a year in the Super Trucks division at Irwindale.

He finished sixth in the race on Saturday night. Rookie Lucas McNeil of Saugus was 10th and Ken Maler Jr. of Acton was 12th.

Go to Haddock in the Paddock for recaps of all the races at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

Canyon Country’s RJ Johnson Wins Second Straight NASCAR Late Model Race At Irwindale

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Connie and her husband, John, moved to the Santa Clarita Valley almost 30 years ago. Living in Santa Clarita for that long is the direct opposite of Connie’s childhood. She was an Army ‘brat’ who moved every two to three years. Consequently, she has lived in many states and even spent three years in Europe. All three of her kids went to Santa Clarita schools. Connie says the best thing about her job at KHTS is that she is never bored. “If I’m not smiling, Carl is sure to ask why, just before giving me a mind-boggling project.” “KHTS AM-1220 is an integral part of our community and I’m glad to be a part of it. Besides, the DJs will take my request to play Shania Twain’s ‘Still the One’ for my wedding anniversary – gotta love that!”