R.J. Johnson, a driver from Canyon Country, won his third NASCAR Super Trucks race in a row at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night. The odds were not in his favor before the races started. He had to replace the shocks on his trucks and make other adjustments after qualifying. Johnson has been setting fast time in qualifying on a regular basis at the track, but on Saturday night, he was fourth.
In addition, Bill Sedgwick, a driver from Acton who used to race in the early days of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, was entered in the race. Sedgwick was the fast qualifier and was expected to be a contender to win the race.
Johnson worked his way to the front, battling Grant Hebner for the lead. Sedgwick fell back and finished fourth.
Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill, the leader in the Super Trucks standings at Irwindale, was fifth.
In the Classic Stocks race, Tommy Mason of Canyon led a race for the first time this season, but Ken Michaelian rallied from the rear of the field and won. It was Michaelian’s seventh win of the season. He has yet to finish worse than second.
Mason had to withdraw midway through the race with transmission problems and finished ninth.
In the Legends Cars race, Kenny Maler Jr. of Acton finished ninth and Alex Pacheco of Saugus was 16th. Donny St. Ours won the race, his third of the season and his third in the past four races.
In the NASCAR Late Model race, Tim Huddleston, a driver from Agoura Hills and the reigning Late Model champion at the track, won his fourth race of the season and his fourth race in the past five.
Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills, the leader in the Late Model standings at the track, was second. His lead was trimmed to two points over Huddleston.
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