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Johnson, Partridge win Lucas Oil Late Model Twins, McCray 1st victory in SLM
Posted by: newsla on Jun 22, 2014 - 06:13 AM
Johnson, Partridge win Lucas Oil Late Model Twins, McCray 1st victory in SLM

Ryan Partridge and Mike Johnson drove to flag-to-flag victories in the Lucas Oil Late Model Twins and Toni McCray won her first Pick Your Part Super Late Model feature Saturday at Irwindale Speedway.


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McCray of Highland, Calif., also finished second to Partridge in the second Lucas Oil race and fourth to Johnson in the first. She drove 100 laps in the three races, 30 in each of the Late Models and 40 in the Super Late Model, on the half-mile track.

“It was a great night for us,” McCray said. “Our crew was busy keeping things together with two cars and three races.”

McCray and Jason Patison of Corona, Calif., exchanged the lead four times in the Super Late Models.

Patison had a solid advantage over McCray when the caution came out for the only time in the race with 26 laps completed.

When the green flag waved for the restart, McCray bolted into the lead and Linny White of Highland, Calif., also passed Patison for second.

“The shifter came out of the transmission,” Patison said. “I jammed it back in, but we got killed on the restart. I couldn’t get around Toni and Linny.”

McCray thought she was headed for second place.

“We didn’t have anything for Jason,” she said. “It feels great to get this victory.”

Johnson of Covina, Calif., started on pole and Partridge of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was on the outside of the front row. They spent nearly the entire 30 laps racing side-by-side in the corners. Partridge was .043 of a second behind, less than a car length, at the checkered flag.

It was Johnson’s first victory of the season at Irwindale and he was third in the second Late Model Twins feature.

“We had a good night,” Johnson said. “We got back up there where we belong.”

Partridge started on pole in the second Late Model feature and was never in serious jeopardy of relinquishing the lead. He won by .696 of a second, several car lengths over McCray.

It was Partridge’s fifth victory in eight Lucas Oil Late Model Twins races this season at Irwindale and increased his lead in the championship to 26 points, 386-360, over Cole Custer of Ladera Ranch, Calif.

Partridge’s triumph was his 45th at Irwindale in several classes and moved him into sole possession of second place on the all-time list. He had been tied with Tim Huddleston. Rip Michael, who is McCray’s crew chief this season, is first with 67.

“I kept trying to pass Mike (Johnson) on the inside in the corners in the first race and thought with the rear brakes was wrong,” Partridge said. “In between the races, we found the master cylinder on the front brakes was blown and we had to change it. It’s not something you want to do in between races, but we did it and it solved our problem.”

McCray lined up on the outside of the second row in the second Late Model Twin, but fell back to sixth by the end of the second lap. She began gaining positions by the fourth lap, passing Custer and Trevor Huddleston of Agoura Hills, Calif.

McCray passed Andrew Porter of La Verne for third on the sixth lap and Johnson for second on the 15th. But Partridge had built a substantial advantage and had the car to stay comfortably ahead.

“Toni made a run at us and I had to pick it up a little,” Partridge said.

Custer also had a busy Saturday. He drove in NASCAR’s K & N West Series at Sonoma Raceway in northern California and flew to Irwindale for the Late Model Twins. He finished fifth in the first Late Model race and fourth in the second.

Zach Green of Long Beach, Calif., won the Southwest Tour Trucks and Super Stocks, Mike Colato Jr. of Chatsworth, Calif., took the Mini Stocks and Andrew Brittain of Tujunga, Calif., was victorious in Skid Plates.

Lucas Oil Late Model Twins, June 21, Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway

Race 1 (30 laps): 1. Mike Johnson (Covina), 2. Ryan Partridge (Rancho Cucamonga), 3. Christian McGhee (La Verne), 4. Toni McCray (Highland), 5. Cole Custer (Ladera Ranch), 6. Travis Irving (Corona), 7. Andrew Porter (La Verne), 8. Trevor Huddleston (Agoura Hills), 9. Ryan Cansdale (Laguna Beach), 10. Chris Johnson (Claremont), 11. Ricky Schlick (Claremont), 12. Jeff Williams (Newbury Park), 13. Rodney Peacher (North Hills), 14. Glenn Schwenger (Redondo Beach), 15. Blaine Perkins (Bakersfield), 16. Curtis Burns (San Bernardino), Dustin Vandermooren (Cerritos).

Margin of victory: .043-second. Lap leader; M. Johnson 1-30.

Race 2 (30 laps): 1. Partridge, 2. McCray, 3. M. Johnson, 4. Custer, 5. Porter, 6. McGhee, 7. Irving, 8. Huddleston, 9. Cansdale, 10. C. Johnson, 11. Schlick, 12. Burns, 13. Peacher, 14. Schwenger, 15. Perkins, 16. Williams, 17. Vandermooren.

Margin of victory: .696-second. Lap leader: Partridge 1-30.

Pick Your Part Super Late Models (40 laps): 1. Toni McCray (Highland), 2. Linny White (Highland), 3. Jason Patison (Corona), 4. Juan Garcia (Colombia), 5. Barry Karr (Redlands), 6. Josh Soto (Oceanside), 7. Rod Johnson Jr. (Canyon Country), 8. Rodney Peacher (North Hills), 9. Jeffrey Eshleman (Fontana), 10. Jeff Williams (Newbury Park), 11. Keith Spangler (Chatsworth), 12. Jack Madrid (San Clemente).

Margin of victory: .292-second. Lap leaders: McCray 1-2, Patison 3-4, McCray 5-10, Patison 11-26, McCray 27-40.

Note: All drivers from California with exception of Garcia.

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